Defense opens its case in Cottonwood bus crash The defense began presenting its case today in the trial of Olga Franco, who's accused of killing four students by crashing a minivan into a school bus last February near Cottonwood.5:20 p.m.
Planning A Purpose-Driven Talk With McCain, Obama
John McCain and Barack Obama will make their first joint appearance of the post-primary season on Aug. 16 at a forum moderated by Rick Warren, the megachurch pastor and best-selling author. Warren talks to NPR about what he'll ask the candidates, both of whom he considers friends.
Charlotte A. Cavatica: Bloodthirsty, Wise And True
She's a spider's spider — sophisticated, pretty (by her own account), authoritarian — and she says something profound about love and commitment. Melissa Block looks at the heroine of Charlotte's Web.
Organic Farming Takes Root In China
Like many Americans, a small but growing number of Chinese are worried about what's in their food and how it's grown. The farm of a stockbroker-turned-organic-farmer is an example of how some people are taking the problem into their own hands.
Obama Aims To Tap Oil Reserve To Curb Gas Prices
Sen. Barack Obama has proposed that the government sell 70 million barrels of oil from its strategic petroleum reserve to help reduce gasoline prices. He has previously opposed such a move. John McCain, meanwhile, again has called for offshore drilling.
Candidates Mum On Gay Marriage Debate
Both Barack Obama and John McCain have said little about gay marriage from the campaign trail, releasing only written statements when the California Supreme Court legalized it. For both, the topic is risky territory, where they have as much to lose as to gain.
Diplomacy With Iran Spurs Concern In Israel
Time is running out for Iran to respond to a proposal by the West that offers a freeze on new U.N. sanctions if Tehran agrees to halt any expansion of its nuclear work. In Israel, the new diplomatic push is being met with skepticism and concern.
Calif. Teen Is Olympic Medal Hopeful
One of the best U.S. prospects for a gold medal in diving is 15-year-old Haley Ishimatsu. She's 4 feet 9 inches tall and 83 pounds. Isimatsu is being mentored by potential Olympic teammate and U.S. diving legend Laura Wilkinson.
Brett Favre Saga Tires Many Fans
The NFL has officially reinstated quarterback Brett Favre. The story of Favre's retirement, un-retirement and cell-phone tampering has taken so many twists that even dedicated football fans think it may not be worth following.
Science Used In Anthrax Probe Still Uncertain
Investigators apparently used a DNA fingerprint to link anthrax used in the 2001 attacks to the lab where scientist Bruce Ivins worked. But the science surrounding this technique is far less certain than the DNA fingerprints that have become routine in criminal trials.