Sviggum apologizes for pamphlet mistake Republicans should not have used public money to print a pamphlet that was distributed at GOP precinct caucuses last week, said Senate Republican caucus spokesman Steve Sviggum.5:43 p.m.
Obama Encourages China To Play By 'Same Rules'
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Vice President Biden and President Obama on Tuesday. The leader-in-waiting came to discuss economics and other irritants between China and the US, including human rights and defense issues.
A Familiar Face Back In Iowa: China's Vice President
Ji Xinping, the heir apparent in Chinese government, is visiting old friends in Muscatine, Iowa, this week. The last time he stopped by was in 1985 as part of an agricultural trade mission. Mayor DeWayne Hopkins is looking forward to making him the only person to receive two keys to the city.
Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last
In a recent study, people were three times more likely to favor the last chocolate when they were told no more were coming. Researchers say this built-in bias for endings might also have implications in the world of online dating.
Egyptians Harbor Suspicions About U.S. Aid Groups
Egyptians may be dissatisfied with their ruling generals, but they generally support the move to prosecute American and other pro-democracy groups for allegedly operating illegally and fomenting unrest. Even those who have benefited from the foreign groups are hesitant to speak out.
Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees)
This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards. Then beekeepers will pack up their colonies and drive them back to the northern Plains, where bees can graze for the summer. But scientists says that floral feast in the Great Plains is shrinking because of high corn prices.
In Russia, A Debate Over How To Set The Clock
In just a few weeks, most of the United States will shift back to daylight saving time, but that won't be happening in Russia. President Dmitry Medvedev has put the country on permanent summer time, and many Russians are not pleased with the late sunrise in winter.
Bold, Beautiful Violence In A Strange, Savage Town
For a writer, each novel is a labor of love. But what about the reader's toil? Author Jesmyn Ward explains why the beautiful and brutal Death in Spring, by Catalan author Merce Rodoreda, is worth its weight in trials and tribulations.
Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long?
Iran's threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz have caused oil markets to gyrate, but few think Iran can really deliver on its threat. Also, Gulf states are reassured by promises of international military assistance.
Bangkok Bombings Fuel Israel-Iran Tensions
Robert Siegel speaks with Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and columnist for Bloomberg View, about escalating tensions between Iran and Israel.