Hospitals favor higher taxes over budget cuts Officials representing the state's hospitals say they're so concerned about the level of cuts in Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan that they would support increasing a tax on health care providers to prevent the cuts.5:48 p.m.
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Ruined Beichuan Starts Anew
When the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit southwest China in May 2008, Beichuan county was among the hardest hit. Now, Beichuan is abandoned, but it's becoming a tourist attraction. Vendors like Mu Zhenxian, who lost 16 family members, sell photos of the burial ground.
Airlines Boost Self-Service With Mobile Check-In
Cell phones and smart phones are fast becoming the new frontier for everything from booking air travel to checking in. Airlines including American, Delta and Continental are testing this technology at more than a dozen U.S. airports. And a number of foreign carriers have already implemented it.
Military Psychologist Says Harsh Tactics Justified
The military's role is to look out for the best interest of the United States, says former military psychologist Bruce Lefever — even when that means using controversial techniques to obtain information. Military psychologists' true ethical obligations lie in protecting America, he says, and harsh interrogation techniques can crack anyone, eventually.
10-Year-Old Quizzes Rice On Interrogations
When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke in Washington on Sunday, one fourth-grader took the opportunity to grill her on harsh interrogations of prisoners. The questioner, 10-year-old Misha Lerner, shares the story.
High Court Rules For Immigrant In ID Theft Case
The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 Monday that the Bush administration erred in tacking on an additional charge of "aggravated identity theft" when illegal immigrants used forged documents to enter the country.
Letters: Correction, New Chrysler Names
Listeners offer suggestions for a new name for bankrupt automaker Chrysler, and there is a correction to a story from Friday. Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' comments.
For Native Americans, Old Stereotypes Die Hard
Native Americans have a long history of one-sided portrayals in Hollywood, including such stereotypical characters as the war-whooping savage or the grunting tribesman. After decades of being shoved into stereotypes, some Native American artists are trying to write their own scripts.
Schools Close To Stem Swine Flu Spread
More schools closed in the U.S. Monday in an effort to reduce the spread of swine flu. Included are 24 schools in a district west of Detroit where a high school student may be infected with the new H1N1 flu strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is considering making guidelines on school closures more flexible.
Do Face Masks Protect From Flu?
It depends. If you're healthy, an N95 respirator may prevent you from breathing in particles that contain a virus. And if you're sick, a face mask may help prevent you from spreading the infection to others. But if you're not wearing them correctly, that protection is thwarted.
U.S. Focus Turns To Pakistan As Violence Increases
As Taliban militants wage a growing insurgency in Pakistan, U.S. officials are increasingly anxious about the country's deteriorating security situation. U.S. foreign policy emphasis in the region is now likely to shift from Afghanistan to Pakistan.