Maddeningly long short sales may get shorter Short sales involve selling a home for less than is owed, and most people who have been through one probably would not describe it as a short process. But new federal guidelines could push banks to approve those sales faster.5:24 p.m.
Obama, Romney On Health Care: So Close, Yet So Far
Health care has become one of the starkest contrasts between President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign. And that's surprising, given that once upon a time they both came up with similar plans to fix the system.
Week In Politics: Romney And Obama On Education
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney and President Obama's respective education policies.
Suspect In Etan Patz Case Was 'A Quiet Man'
The man who confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 is expected to be arraigned on Friday. New York City police say Pedro Hernandez admitted to luring the boy into a neighborhood grocery store, choking him and stuffing his body into a trash bag. There are numerous questions regarding the validity of Hernandez's confession and whether prosecutors have evidence that would corroborate his story.
S.D. Tribe Poised To Take Back Part Of Badlands
Federal officials are about to join hands with a tribe in South Dakota in a proposal to make part of the Badlands National Park the first ever tribally-run national park in the country. The agreement comes after years of sometimes bitter land disputes over the south unit of the Badlands. The largely undeveloped swath of steep bluffs and mud buttes is sacred place to some Native Americans who don't believe the land belongs under federal control or ownership. The move towards tribal management could set a precedent for other tribes in the United States to take over control of national parks elsewhere.
Spaniards Withdraw Money Over Bank Failure Fears
Any rescue of Spain's banking system could exceed the cost of Greece's total bailout. That has investors worried, after Madrid was forced to nationalize its largest real estate lender. The previous government's strategy was to force mergers among the small banks, to try to combine assets and strengthen them against debts. But what has resulted is simply bigger banks with bigger debts.
A Tweet, A Year In A Labor Camp, And Now An Appeal
One irreverent tweet about a powerful Chinese politician was enough to get Fang Hong sent to a Chinese labor camp for a year. Encouraged by the recent fall of that politician, Bo Xilai, Fang is appealing his case and attacking the system of re-education through labor.
After Short Season, NBA Playoffs Begin In Earnest
After a compressed National Basketball season due to a labor lockout, the playoffs have been full of exciting basketball. Robert Siegel talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the NBA conference semifinal matchups.
SpaceX Docking A Boost For Spaceflight Industry
For the first time, a spacecraft sent up by a private company has successfully reached the international space station. A NASA astronaut on the station used a robotic arm to grab the unmanned Dragon capsule Friday morning.