Homeless will have a front row seat to the RNC Catholic Charities says it will keep its Dorothy Day Center open around the clock, and offer additional services to the homeless, in the shadow of next month's Republican National Convention.5:21 p.m.
Record floods have government promoting flood insurance After two years of devestating floods in the upper Midwest, the federal government is trying to get more people to buy flood insurance. FEMA payouts are not adequate to completely rebuild a destroyed home or business, but many people in flood-prone areas don't know that insurance is available to them.5:50 p.m.
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Kirkuk A Flashpoint For Ethnic Divisions In Iraq
Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen each claim the oil-rich northern city as their own. Tensions have stalled plans for provincial elections, and some Iraqi leaders say they'd rather shed blood than compromise over Kirkuk's future.
Dolphin Kick Gives Swimmers Edge
If you've been watching the Olympics, you've probably seen swimmers finishing dives and coming off turns with a whiplike underwater kick. The so-called dolphin kick can give swimmers an extra surge in the water.
Swift Boat Book Publisher Targets Obama
Four years ago, Jerome Corsi published a book Unfit for Command, attacking the presidential candidacy of John Kerry. The book gave rise to the term Swift boating. Corsi has now written a book about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Georgia Conflict May Be Part Of Larger Russian Plan
Some observers feel the conflict with Georgia is a test run by Russia. Volodymyr Kulyk, a senior research fellow at the Institute of the Political and Ethnic Studies at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, says Russia is trying to teach all post-Soviet states a lesson.
U.S. Has Few Options With Russia
Although Russia has agreed to a cease-fire in Georgia, it is likely continue to strengthen its hold over the two enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The United States has very few options in the conflict, except to condemn Russia's actions in the Caucasus.
Georgia Defeats Russia In Beach Volleyball
An Olympic beach volleyball match today pitted Georgia against Russia — that as political tensions between the two countries remain high. The Georgian team won the contest, but Russia cried foul. The Georgians, it seems, are Brazilian.
Attacks In Western China Spur Fears, Suspicions
Suspected terrorists in China have struck three times in the past 10 days. More than 25 people have died in the violence in China's far west, which has prompted extra-tight security across the country during the Beijing Olympics.
New Poll Shows Obama Losing Ground
A new poll shows the Republican base is united behind John McCain, and that Barack Obama is slipping. The Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut says the two candidates are even in their race for the White House. He notes the focus on Obama hasn't helped the Democrat.
Why Are There So Many Empty Seats In Beijing?
Even at the most high-profile events at the Olympics, seats are empty. Some blame sponsors and government departments for blocking seats but not showing — the government blames the weather.
Colorful Steeplechaser Goes For Olympic Bronze
The top U.S. steeplechaser, Anthony Famiglietti, says he hopes to win a bronze in Beijing. Why not gold? Because he doesn't cheat and says some of his competitors do. He credits his success to no longer eating pizza twice a day.