Understanding the economics of tornadoes Experts say they are not necessarily surprised that the damage from the Hugo tornado was so extensive in a relatively new neighborhood like Creekwood Preserve. They say homes built today are more vulnerable to bad weather now than they were generations ago.5:20 p.m.
Iowa Farmers Cling to Springtime Planting Ritual
Craig and LaVon Griffieon planted corn this spring on more than 100 acres of their farm in Ankeny, Iowa. With fewer and fewer American families living on farms, the annual gamble of spring planting has become a remote — almost exotic — experience.
Some Muslims in U.S. Quietly Engage in Polygamy
Although polygamy is illegal in the U.S., some Muslim men in America have quietly married multiple wives. No one knows for sure how many Muslims in the U.S. live in polygamous families, but estimates range from 50,000 to 100,000 people.
Rushdie's Latest Novel Blurs Imagination, History
Almost two decades ago, the novelist faced an Iranian fatwa that called for his execution after The Satanic Verses was published. Today, he leads the normal life of a writer, and some critics say his latest novel should be a front-runner for the Man/Booker Prize.
ICE Eyes 400,000 Deportations
In a sweeping new initiative, the federal immigration agency says it wants each detention facility in the country to fingerprint every inmate and check them against a federal database for possible deportation.
Myanmar Aid Now Reaching Irrawaddy Delta
U.N. agencies in Myanmar say international aid workers are finally moving into the Irrawaddy Delta. More visas for aid workers are being processed, and half a million people have now received food rations from the World Food Program.
Chinese Sub Base Prompts Concerns in India
Published images of a vast nuclear submarine base on China's Hainan Island trouble Indian officials, who fear the base will enable the Chinese navy to dominate crucial sea lanes in the Indian Ocean.
Ohio Couple Tell Sichuan Quake Tales
A husband and wife from Columbus, Ohio, had planned a trip to China with the humanitarian aid group Heart to Heart before the deadly earthquake struck in Sichuan province. They decided to take the trip anyway.
Indiana Law Targets 'Explicit' Books
A new Indiana law — due to take effect July 1 — would force any bookstore that sold even one book that could be broadly described as "sexually explicit" to pay a $250 license fee and be classified as an "adult bookstore."
Lenders, Borrowers Discuss Bad Loans
In days gone by, a foreclosure often involved home buyers and bankers who knew each other. Now it's mostly an impersonal business. But recently, lenders and borrowers were brought together to analyze what went wrong with their mortgage deals.