Equality riders target discrimination against gay and lesbian college students
A cross-country bus tour by gay-rights activists has arrived in Minnesota. The Soulforce Equality Ride is visiting 19 colleges and universities across the nation to protest what the organizers call "discriminatory policies" at those schools. Yesterday, administrators at NorthCentral University barred the activists from campus buildings at the private Pentecostal school in Minneapolis. Today, the group met with officials at Bethel University in St. Paul.4:48 p.m.
Farm installs robotic milkers Robotic milking machines could help reduce the often crushing workload of operating a dairy farm. At least one Minnesota family is experimenting with the new technology.5:48 p.m.
Doctors and patients find healing in medical poetry Many of the concerns of physicians and patients -- life and death, struggle and hope -- have also been the regular themes of poets through the ages. Dr. Jon Hallberg shares his annual selection of medical poetry during National Poetry Month.6:18 p.m.
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Portman to Guide Bush's Budget Plans
President Bush selects Rob Portman to be his new budget director. Portman takes the job vacated by the president's new chief of staff, Josh Bolten. Portman's current post of trade representative will go to his deputy, Susan Schwab. Bolten has suggested that more administration changes may come.
With Bush's Support, Rumsfeld Says He'll Stay
With the Bush administration making personnel changes, speculation abounds about whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is considering resigning. After a public showing of support from President Bush, Rumsfeld says he is not considering quitting.
Moussaoui Defense Questions His Mental Health
Lawyers for al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui question a psychologist about the confessed terrorist's mental state. Moussaoui's defense team is trying to repair damage done by their client last week, when he told the jury weighing the death penalty that he would attack America if he could.
Nepalese See Progress, Questions in Protests
Pro-democracy protestors in Nepal hope to increase pressure on the country's king with a day of protests Thursday. Demonstrators say they will continue their campaign until the king relinquishes his powers. But they do not agree on a new political system to replace his absolute authority.
Mosley's 'Fortunate Son' Tells Two Tales
Walter Mosley's Fortunate Son is a novel about two boys from Southern California, one black and one white, who are as close as brothers. But the paths their lives take could not be more different.
Oil Prices Set New Record, Topping $71 a Barrel
Crude oil prices hit record highs of more than $70 a barrel. At the end of trading Tuesday, the price settled at $71.60 -- a 95-cent increase over Monday's record close. President Bush, saying he is concerned about higher gas prices, promised the government would stop any price gouging.
The Toll of High Gas Prices: Two Stories
To get a sense of how rising gas prices affect some businesses, Melissa Block talks with two people whose work relies on fuel: Rusty Thompson, a Kentucky farmer who estimates that his tractors burn 5 to 12 gallons an hour, and Roger Wethington, co-owner of Fastimes Indoor Karting in Indianapolis. Wethington says he's conflicted about running an operation that burns gas for entertainment.
Duke Players on Bail; Lawyer Refutes Charges
Two members of Duke's lacrosse team are free on bond after being arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape. The charges stem from a team party at a house near the university's Durham, N.C., campus. Prosecutors say the pair assaulted a woman who was hired to dance at the party.
Celebrating Dyngus Day, a Buffalo, N.Y., Tradition
For more than 40 years, the Monday after Easter has been known as Dyngus Day in Buffalo, N.Y. It's a post-Lent day of dancing, beer, Polish sausages and an odd courting ritual that brings revelers in search of true love.
Electronic Exotica: Alpert and Mendes, Remixed
Herb Alpert and Sergio Mendes, giants of 1960s music, are back. Alpert collaborated with electronica musicians to remix his hits. And rap and soul stars have turned Mendes' work into a variety of new songs... with some mixed results.