Prescription writing goes high tech Despite the move to electronic record-keeping at your doctor's office, and an array of high tech diagnostic tools, chances are they're still using 19th century technology for a very important function -- writing prescriptions. But more and more doctors are starting to write prescriptions electronically.4:48 p.m.
Fire chief deal rejected The Minneapolis City Council's executive committee has rejected the terms of a settlement agreement with fire chief Bonnie Bleskachek. Mayor R.T. Rybak had recommended approval of the settlement, which would have meant her demotion to captain.5:48 p.m.
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Pope Discusses Brotherhood with Muslims in Turkey
Pope Benedict meets with Turkish leaders in Ankara, on his first visit to a majority-Muslim country. The pontiff urged all religious leaders to refuse to support any violence in the name of faith, but he also expressed concern that the risks of more conflicts and terrorism are growing in the Middle East.
Secularism is Point of Debate for Pope, Islamic Leaders
Islamists in Turkey and Pope Benedict have been grappling with the role of secularism in the modern state. Secularism is a founding principle of modern Turkey, but Islamists have been railing against the concept. Similarly, the pope has been a vocal critic of secularism in Europe.
Christian Coalition's New Leader Steps Down
Rev. Joel Hunter, president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America, is declining the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of "differences in philosophy and vision."
Artistic Expression in the Produce Aisle
Artists found work during the Italian Renaissance with powerful families like the Medicis. Now, some artists are being supported by companies that sell Florentine cookies, as two large upscale grocery chains employ hundreds of in-store artists.
Narc Squad Suspended in Death of Woman, 88
The entire narcotics division of the Atlanta police department is under suspension as a federal investigation continues into the fatal police shooting of an 88-year-old woman in the city. The woman was killed when three officers entered her home in a drug raid without warning. Police say they entered the house based on the word of a confidential informant.
Larger-Than-Life Sheriff Rules Louisiana Parish
There's nobody quite like Harry Lee, the flamboyant and outspoken sheriff of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish. The Chinese-American lawman has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, but it only seems to increase his popularity.
Using the Wiki Method to Write a Business Book
A first-of-its-kind effort, We Are Smarter Than Me is a business book in progress being written with the wiki-based collaboration of online contributors. The idea's backers, which include heavyweights at Wharton and MIT, say the collective experience and wisdom of a community can be far more incisive and useful than that of a sole expert.
In Baghdad, 'Civil War' Is Only the Beginning
While experts debate whether Iraq is now embroiled in a full-scale civil war, on the streets of Baghdad, the question seems moot. Baghdad residents say last week's surge of sectarian violence crossed a new threshold, and most feel there is worse to come.