MAC approves penalties for cabbies who refuse fares The operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport on Monday approved tougher penalties for
cabdrivers who refuse service to travelers carrying alcohol, as
some Muslim drivers have done for religious reasons.6:20 p.m.
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Virginia Tech Professor Recounts Shooting Rampage
Scott Hendricks, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech, was on the third floor of Norris Hall when the second round of shooting happened. The building was the site of most of the deaths.
Virginia Tech Story Evolved Suddenly into Tragedy
News spread quickly Monday that there had been a shooting at a Virginia Tech dormitory at 7:15 a.m. But two hours later, police say, the same gunman entered a classroom in Norris Hall and killed more than two dozen people. Robert Siegel talks with Rosa Duarte, bureau reporter for WSLS TV, based in Roanoke, Va.
Numbers Show Differences in Clinton, Obama Donors
Campaign finance reports filed by the 2008 presidential candidates reveal new details about their chances — and their supporters. Among Democrats, Sen. Hillary Clinton leads in the polls, even as Sen. Barack Obama closes in on her. And in the battle for campaign cash, Obama is now ahead by some important measures.
Sallie Mae Sold to Private Group for $25 Billion
Sallie Mae, the nation's largest student-loan company, is being sold to a group of private investors led by private-equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co. The deal, worth $25 billion, comes as the college loan industry faces increased scrutiny from regulators.
Critics: Sallie Mae Letter Conflicts with Promises
The Student Loan Marketing Association, or Sallie Mae, signed a deal this week with the New York attorney general agreeing to change its businesses practices in the wake of an inquiry into the way student loans are awarded. But a letter the company wrote to schools suggests that little will change.
Senate Panel Postpones Gonzales Appearance
The shootings at Virginia Tech have prompted the postponement of a much anticipated Senate hearing with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The nation's top law enforcement official is under pressure to explain his role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
Today's Americans Duck Knowledge, Study Says
A new Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey shows that most Americans are no more knowledgeable about current affairs today than they were years ago — despite the explosion of information technologies that give the public access to news around the clock.
California to Cut Welfare Safety Net for Parents
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to cut the welfare safety net for children whose parents aren't working, saying that the only alternative would force California to face federal penalties. But critics say the approach will not change things.
After Deaths, Questions Remain at VT Campus
It is now confirmed that there have been 33 deaths Monday on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., a total that includes the gunman. But it's still unclear if the shooter was a student, and if he was shot by police or took his own life.