Short-selling mortgages increasingly popular alternative to foreclosure As more and more homeowners become unable to pay their mortgages, lenders and realtors say the option of selling a home for whatever the market will bare and writing off the difference between that amount and what's owed on the property can be an alternative to foreclosure.5:15 p.m.
Cage fighting gets cornered A new law passed by the Legislature means the Minnesota Boxing Commission will now oversee "ultimate fighting." That worries some who say the new rules could put a stranglehold on one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.5:46 p.m.
Storms rake sections of Minnesota A tornado touched down near this small
town in western Minnesota as thunderstorms swept across Otter Tail
County on Thursday, officials said.5:50 p.m.
G-8 Leaders Reach Accord on Approach to Climate
The leaders of the world's richest nations have agreed that global greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet must be cut substantially. The leaders, meeting at G-8 sessions in Germany, agreed that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions must be reversed.
Missile Defense, the U.S. and Europe
Rebecca Roberts talks with Nathan Hodge, staff writer for Jane's Defense Weekly, about the U.S. missile shield that has angered Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin expressed discontent with U.S. plans to put missile interceptors and radar in Eastern Europe.
La. Wants to Change River's Course to Save Coast
As part of a master plan to save its coastline, Louisiana wants to move the Mississippi River. The feat of engineering would stop tons of sediment from being washed into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico each year.
New Bacteria Named After Brazilian Scientist
A new species of bacteria has been discovered, thanks to an American tourist who caught it while traveling in Peru. Dr. Jane Koehler, an infectious-disease specialist who led the team that found the species, named it Bartonella Rochalimae, after a long-dead Brazilian scientist.
Digital Tools Bolster Property Claims Against Cuba
Exiles from Castro's Cuba are using new technology to help them find their former homes in the island nation. Some file claims against frozen Cuban bank accounts in the United States for their losses. But coffers are running low after a few large payouts.
Miami Fund Invests for Cuba's Post-Castro Era
If trade with Cuba were to open up after the embargo ends, which companies would likely benefit? The Miami-based Herzfeld Caribbean Basin investment fund targets firms that might do well in the post-embargo era. Robert Siegel talks to Cecilia Gondor, executive vice president of Thomas J. Herzfeld & Co.
FBI Airport Arrests Prompt Questions of Entrapment
The use of confidential informants and sting operations has always been controversial, as critics worry that authorities might resort to entrapment — the concept of creating a crime instead of preventing one. The FBI says it crafts investigations like that into a recent alleged JFK airport plot to avoid such mistakes.
Teddy Afro, the New Reggae God of Ethiopia
Though the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was considered a god by Rastafarians, in Bob Marley's day, reggae music wasn't popular in Ethiopia. Now, though, reggae is huge in the East African nation, and there's no bigger star than Teddy Afro.
'War Czar': Iraq Surge Has Mixed Results
The three-star general who was nominated by President Bush to be his war czar told a Senate panel Thursday that results from the so-called "surge" so far are mixed. Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said at his confirmation hearing that he doubts the Iraqis' capacity to quickly calm violence and govern effectively.