Math results show racial achievement gap hasn't changed While a new report says Minnesota's fourth and eighth graders continue to rank highly in math skills, it also exposes a key shortcoming -- the gap between how well white students perform compared to students of color.3:55 p.m.
Math results show racial achievement gap hasn't changed While a new report says Minnesota's fourth and eighth graders continue to rank highly in math skills, it also exposes a key shortcoming -- the gap between how well white students perform compared to students of color.5:24 p.m.
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Dow Closes Above 10,000
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 points Wednesday, fueled by better-than-expected retail sales numbers and big profits at JP Morgan Chase. The bank reported third-quarter earnings of $3.6 billion, but warned that it still expects more problems with consumer loans.
A Look Back At When Dow First Closed Above 10,000
When the Dow Jones industrial average first closed above 10,000 points — March 29, 1999 — NATO had just begun its bombing of Yugoslavia, the dot-com doom was still booming and the X-Files reigned on television.
Watchdog Blames Geithner For AIG Bonuses
A government watchdog said Wednesday Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner dropped the ball on the massive bonuses at insurance giant AIG. Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion financial bailout, told a House panel that "a failure of management" led to the bonuses at the firm that received billions in federal bailout money.
A Four-Figure Tax Break For A Four-Legged Friend?
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) has sponsored a bill that would allow pet owners to deduct animal care expenses — up to $3,500 a year — from their taxes. He says the economy has forced people to give up their pets, and anything that puts cash back into Americans' hands is a good thing.
Afghan Election Recount Continues
Nearly two months after Afghans went to the polls in the country's presidential election, the outcome has still not been decided. Initial results give President Hamid Karzai a slim majority, but a recount is under way; it is widely agreed the elections were tarnished by fraud.
Obama Nobel Not The Sole Symbolic Award
When President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, it was because he came to symbolize for the Norwegian award committee a vision of a better world. Some Americans have not been willing to accept symbolism for accomplishment, but much of what passes for accomplishment in this world is symbolic.
Government Keeps Close Eye On Swine Flu Vaccine
Public health officials are confident that the new H1N1 vaccine is safe. Still, as with any vaccine, they have systems in place to monitor vaccine recipients in order to spot any potential problems.
Examining Delays In Closing Guantanamo
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that meeting the Jan. 22, 2010, deadline to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be "difficult." Sarah Mendelson, director of the Human Rights and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says President Obama made a very bold start, but the initiative became delayed, causing many problems.
Relief Efforts Stymied In Civil War-Stricken Yemen
A civil war has raged in Yemen since August. But the government is tightly limiting coverage of the conflict. In addition, relief agencies are having a hard time getting aid to some 150,000 Yemenis who have been displaced by the fighting between northern rebels and government forces.
Tales Of Suffering And Succor, Written On The Body
As the health care debate rages on, solo theater artist Anna Deavere Smith brings her own singular perspective to the table. For her new documentary play, Let Me Down Easy, she talked to more than 300 people on three continents. Their stories became a show about "the power of the body, the cost of care and the resilience of the spirit."