Brave New Worlds of art The Walker Art Center's latest exhibition celebrates a world filled with unique points of view.5:50 p.m.
Ian McKellen portrays King Lear, the crowning of a stage career Ian McKellen, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors, says for most of his career, the role of King Lear was almost unapproachable. But now McKellen earns raves for his portrayal of the tormented king. He performed the role at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in October.5:54 p.m.
Memos Reportedly Authorized Harsh Interrogation The New York Times reported Thursday on two secret memos in which the Justice Department approved of "harsh" interrogation tactics for terrorism suspects — authorization that came as the Bush Administration was publicly denouncing torture.
White House Reacts to Interrogation Claims
The Bush Administration is trying to damp down Congressional reaction to Thursday's New York Times report that the Justice Department approved violent torture techniques for detainees held by the United States.
Myanmar Monks Retreat Amid Crackdown
As the crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators continues in Myanmar, the monks who led last month's protests are now keeping a low profile. Many are fleeing to Myanmar's border with Thailand.
Montana Town Awaits Asbestos Trial
Federal prosecutors allege that W.R. Grace knew its mine in Libby, Mont., exposed people to asbestos, blamed in at least 200 deaths. An appeals court recently restored criminal indictments against company executives — a decision cheered by town residents.
Movie Boosts Traffic to 'Into the Wild' Shrine
Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book Into the Wild, lived — and died — in a bus outside Denali National Park in Alaska. The bus became a shrine to him — but now, as a movie version of the book is released, a piece of that bus has been auctioned on eBay.
Scars of War Run Deep for Many Female Vets
A record number of women are serving in the U.S. military — but not without a cost. Some are returning from Iraq with what psychologists call the "double whammy" of combat trauma and military sexual trauma — a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Reported Cases of Sexual Assault in Military Rise
Since 2002, a nonprofit group has received 976 reports of sexual assault from military women serving in the area that includes Iraq and Afghanistan. That number is growing. Meanwhile, little punitive action has been taken against assailants.
Latest Incident Turns Attention to Blackwater's Past
Last month's shooting incident in Baghdad involving employees of Blackwater USA has spurred interest in other incidents involving the private security contractor. Employee Andrew Moonen was accused of killing a bodyguard assigned to an Iraqi vice president. He was fired but has not been prosecuted for the killing.