Justice Probes Lawyer's Dismissal Amid Gay Rumor
The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating whether an attorney lost her position because of rumors she is a lesbian. The watchdog office learned of the case as part of an inquiry into U.S. attorney firings under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Zimbabwe Presidential Election Outcome Murky
The Movement for Democratic Change claims its candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, has won more than 50 percent of the vote. The opposition party says an outright win means there is no need for a runoff against President Robert Mugabe, though the state newspaper is reporting there would likely be one.
U.S. Tries to Right Wrong After Raid Kills Afghans
A special U.S. military team met with Afghan tribal elders in Khost province in an attempt to repair relations after a March raid that killed six people. The military believes such meetings help keep the Taliban from regaining ground in Afghanistan.
Genetics May Increase Smokers' Lung Cancer Risk
Scientists conducting genome-wide association studies have found a region on chromosome 15 associated with the development of lung cancer. The studies may help to explain why some smokers get lung cancer and others don't.
Senate Hammers Out Housing Relief Bill
Senators are working behind closed doors Wednesday to come up with a bipartisan deal to provide some relief for homeowners and lenders, though some of the provisions that would change bankruptcy laws to help borrowers have been excised, at least for now.
Mortgage Counselors Cope With Unwelcome Boom
An impending foreclosure is a highly stressful situation — certainly for the people that could lose a home, and sometimes for the people trying to help them. Richard Pittman, a counselor with a HUD-approved agency, talks about the challenges of being a mortgage counselor these days.
Task of Reversing Warming Grows More Daunting
Projections for the evolution of green technologies to help curb greenhouse gas emissions are overly optimist, according to researchers writing in Nature. They say policymakers will need to implement stronger measures to reverse global warming.
Illinois Eyes GPS Use in Tracking Restraining Orders
The Illinois legislature is considering a law that would allow police to monitor high-risk restraining-order subjects by using GPS technology. Harvard Law School lecturer Diane Rosenfeld, who proposed a similar bill that passed in Massachusetts last year, discusses the Illinois initiative.
Robbery Victim Uses Internet to Track X-Box Thief
A thief who stole an X-Box game player in Philadelphia got more than he bargained for when the rightful owner blogged about the theft. Gamers tracked the thief through the Internet and spammed him into submission. The X-Box was anonymously returned.