Cabin owners surprised by big increase in taxes St. Louis County is asking the state to reconsider a big tax increase for people who lease public property for hunting or lake cabins. For some, the hike could put the family lake cabin at risk.5:20 p.m.
Study finds STDs in a quarter of U.S. teen girls A first-of-its-kind government study found that a quarter of teenage girls in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted disease. By far the most common is human papillomavirus, an infection that can lead to cervical cancer.5:54 p.m.
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Bill Gates Targets Visa Rules for Tech Workers
Microsoft's Bill Gates testifies before Congress about the need to make it easier to hire foreign-born workers. He says the U.S. is losing its position as the global innovation leader due to limits on H1-B visas for these employees.
Tribe Views Whale Hunters as Heroes, Nuisances
Five Makah Indians are facing charges of illegally killing a gray whale in the waters off Washington state. The tribe has been waiting years for a government permit to hunt. The tribal government has expressed disapproval, but some see the move as civil disobedience.
Paterson Cheered by Both Parties in N.Y.
New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson (D), who will become governor on Monday, speaks his mind but is well-respected by politicians on both sides of the aisle. So there may be more bipartisanship in a Paterson administration.
Is 'First Lady' a Foreign Policy Credential?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks a lot about the importance of her experience as first lady. She says it's an important foreign policy credential, but her opponent Barack Obama takes issue with that.
Study Finds No Link Between Saddam, bin Laden
A Pentagon-sponsored study of 600,000 Iraqi documents captured after the 2003 invasion shows that no direct operation link existed between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. The Bush administration claimed such a relationship to support its arguments for invading Iraq.
Grace Settles $250 Million Asbestos Suit in Montana
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a record settlement with W.R. Grace and Co. for the cleanup of asbestos materials in the town of Libby, Mont. The company will pay $250 million toward the massive cleanup effort. Hundreds of residents in the town have been sickened and killed by asbestos-related diseases.
Candidates Should Quit Making Campaign Promises
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr calls for a moratorium on campaign policy promises from the presidential candidates. He says history — and recent statements by campaign advisers for Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — suggest that the positions candidates take during an election actually say little about what they'll do in office.
Microsoft Worker in Beijing: Focus Is Collaboration
Tieyan Liu of Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing says that as a researcher, he isn't focused on the competition, but rather on his own projects — and on how best to collaborate with his colleagues in the U.S. He reflects on what his facility has meant for Chinese-educated researchers and for the country's universities.
Computer Science Course Enrollment Dips in U.S.
The number of students enrolled in computer science programs is at its lowest in at least a decade. "Comp Sci" was one of the hottest majors during the dot-com boom of the late '90s. Now, despite a strong market for IT professionals and a resurgence in Web millionaires, college students just aren't interested in studying computing.
Austin Arts Festival Adds Technology Component
One of the country's most popular arts festivals, "South by Southwest" in Austin, Texas, hosted a mind-bending series of technology conversations this week, ranging from global political activists using mobile technology in novel ways to fighting the paucity of American women in the tech sector.