Dr. Jon Hallberg: Top medical stories of 2011 The shortage of prescription drugs, the challenge to the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, and concern over the dangers of radiation are just some of the top medical stories of 2011.3:54 p.m.
Romney Begins Bus Tour Through N.H.
With the Iowa caucuses coming up on Jan. 3, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has turned his attention to New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Jan. 10. Tuesday night, Romney began a four-day swing through the state, where he still holds a commanding lead in public opinion polls. Wednesday, he began a bus tour that lasts through Friday. It's a relatively extended bout of retail campaigning for Romney.
Mass. Senate Race A Battle Over Who's More Populist
Republican Scott Brown won what he called the "people's seat" in 2010 by casting himself as the opposite of the Kennedy dynasty. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Wall Street watchdog, is raising Democrats' hopes they can win the seat back. So far, both campaigns are competing over who is the "real" populist.
Turbulence As EU Court OKs Fee On Plane Emissions
A European court ruled Wednesday that airlines flying into and out of European airports will have to pay a price for the carbon dioxide they emit when they burn jet fuel. U.S. carriers had been fighting the plan in court, arguing they've already done their part by becoming more fuel-efficient.
At Carmakers' Request, Dealers Remodel Showrooms
Across the country, car dealers are remodeling and updating their showrooms at the urging of manufacturers, who want all dealerships to look similar. The dealerships are spending hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars on these "voluntary" projects, but many say they'll never recoup all the investment. The manufacturers offer incentives to dealers who take the plunge.
Iran And Its Rivals Dig In On Nuclear Dispute
The standoff over Iran's nuclear program heads into 2012 with virtually no positive signs for movement. Domestic politics in Tehran and Washington make conciliatory initiatives unlikely.
Former Obama Adviser Discusses Iran
Robert Siegel speaks with Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ross recently left his post as special assistant to President Obama on Iran and the Middle East at the National Security Council. Ross' involvement with Middle East diplomacy dates back to the Reagan administration. They discuss Iran's nuclear program, the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran, and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
L.A. Votes To Limit Vendors On Venice Boardwalk
Street vendors peddling sunglasses, incense and handmade jewelry along the famous Venice Boardwalk are preparing for eviction. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to severely limit the amount of commercial selling that takes place at the tourist attraction. But removing the unregulated merchants could mean the loss of its bohemian draw.
Glenn Close Finds Chemistry In Role Of Albert Nobbs
In the new movie Albert Nobbs, Close brings to life the painful loneliness of a woman living as a man in 19th-century Ireland. For Close, who is also a producer and screenwriter on the film, it's a passion project years in the works.
Obama Urges Boehner To Pass Payroll Tax Extension
President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday, urging him again to pass the bipartisan Senate bill allowing for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment insurance. That the idea appears stalled in Republican-controlled House. As the Dec. 31 deadline for action nears, the White House, families and businesses are looking at the real-world consequences of congressional inaction.