Medtronic spends $1B on heart valve acquisitions Minneapolis-based medical device maker
Medtronic says it will expand the company's heart valve business by acquiring two firms that make replacement heart valves -- at a price of more than $1 billion.5:15 p.m.
Rice To Take Lessons From Rwandan Genocide
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice tells NPR that the 1994 genocide in Rwanda deeply affected her. She says she learned that policymakers have to consider all options, and that she would "rather be alone and a loud voice for action than be silent."
A New Way To Patrol The Texas Border: Virtually
Texas sheriffs have erected surveillance cameras along the border with Mexico and connected them to the Internet, inviting people to help catch drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. Since November, more than 43,000 people have signed up as online monitors for the controversial program.
K'Naan: Hip-Hop's New Pop 'Troubadour'
The second album by Somalia-born Canadian alt-rapper K'Naan finds the artist embracing a swing-infused bent, complete with Ethiopian samples and strong hooks. Troubadour fits alongside the best pop efforts of Lil Wayne and T.I., with music that stays in your head for days.
Obama's Speech: Balancing Hope, Hype
As President Obama prepares to speak to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, aides say he is trying to strike the right balance as he talks about the ailing economy. That means delivering a strong dose of medicine, but without making the patient feel worse.
Weathering The Times: Stimulus Boosts Green Jobs
Companies that weatherize homes and commercial buildings will be among the first to feel the benefits of the new federal stimulus money. The government's idea is to save energy, create jobs — and even perhaps slow global warming.
Watching The Skies For Comet Lulin
Comet Lulin, a two-tailed green-colored comet, is closest to the Earth Monday night. It was discovered two years ago by a 19-year-old Chinese astronomer. Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, talks about what to look for.
How To Erase Old Hard Drives Without A Drill Bit
Many of us hold on to old computers because of potentially embarrassing materials on the hard disk. There are, however, a variety of options for those who take the machines to an e-waste disposal site or call the collector to come pick them up.
Leftist On Track For Historic Triumph In El Salvador
Former leftist rebels in El Salvador appear poised to accomplish at the ballot box what they were unable to accomplish on the battlefield. Mauricio Funes, candidate of the opposition FMLN, would be the first leftist president in El Salvador's history.
Iraqi Museum Reopens Amid Security Fears
Iraq's National Museum was partially reopened Monday, almost six years after rioters plundered it of priceless artifacts. The looting at the museum and many other government institutions occurred shortly after U.S. troops occupied the Iraqi capital.
Va. Tech's Pritchard Hall To Allow Women
This fall, Pritchard Hall at Virginia Tech, one the largest all-male U.S. college dormitories, will welcome its first female residents. University officials say young men tend to behave better when there are young women around.