Alaskan Incumbents Face Tough Re-Election Battles
Both Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are facing tough re-election battles this November, signaling a possible end to an era of Alaskan politics. The two Republican politicians have been vocal advocates for Alaska in Congress for decades. But they have also been criticized for out-of-control congressional earmarks.
Heirloom Tomato Farmer Finds Beauty In The Ugly
Tim Stark was a management consultant when he stumbled into heirloom tomato farming, as he describes in Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Farmer. (Tip: The ugliest tend to be tastiest.) Now his tomatoes are served in the finest New York restaurants.
Conor Oberst: When Love Turns Sour
The Bright Eyes singer made Conor Oberst on an impulse while visiting the mystical mountain town of Tepoztlan in Mexico earlier this year. The approach is straight folk-rock, but it's less simple than it seems at first. But it also sounds like the next installment in the Bright Eyes catalog.
Beijing Olympics Open
Beijing officially launched its Summer Olympics with a four-hour opening ceremony that combined high-tech pyrotechnics, a celebration of China's heritage and some glittery show business. The event appeared to go off without a hitch.
In Giant TVs Across Beijing, Chinese View Games
Students and nearby residents crowded around a giant screen TV at the Beijing Institute of Technology to watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony. The giant screen is one of 26 set up around the city so local people can watch the games.
Why Olympic Results Are Known Before Broadcast
When the Olympics are in far-off locations, some listeners get mad at the airing of results of events before they've aired on TV in the United States. Anticipating the blowback, here is an explanation for why this is done.
Oil Falls; Stocks Spike
The stock market has rallied as oil prices moved lower. The price of crude oil fell more than $3 and is now down more than 20 percent from its peak of $147 a few weeks ago. Stocks were up sharply. The Dow closed up more than 300 points.
Najaf Aims To Be The 'Capital' Of Iraq's South
The opening of the new airport in the Iraqi city of Najaf highlights plans to turn this holy city into the "Baghdad of the south" for Shiites. What does the economic boom mean for a country that is trying not to split up along ethnic and religious lines?
Mexico Tackles AIDS Discrimination
Mexico has one of the lowest rates of HIV infections in Latin America: 0.3 percent. It has taken root among people who live on the margins of society and are often discriminated against. The government is launching a campaign to reduce discrimination.
Loan Crisis Hits College
The credit crunch has dried up the market for private loans. Students at selective schools are finding they can still get enough money to attend schools, but low-income students at lesser-known schools are having a harder time.