Metro home market shows improvement Twin Cities housing statistics are showing some signs of improvement, according to area realtor associations. But experts say the numbers do not necessarily suggest the region's housing market is getting healthier.5:24 p.m.
U.S. Backs Shareholder Voice In Exec Pay
The Obama administration is taking new steps to regulate executive pay. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Wednesday the government will not directly limit compensation, but he did announce the administration will ask Congress to give shareholders a voice in pay levels and to provide a firewall between company management and executive compensation committees.
Home Equity Loans Complicate Mortgage Assistance
Most people facing foreclosure hold a mortgage owned by investors and a home equity loan owned by a bank. But with foreclosures at record levels, some investors worry that the banks have some conflicts of interest getting in the way of helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Chinese Internet Filter Spurs Criticism
All new computers sold in China after July 1 must contain new software called that filters out a list of Web sites banned by the government. Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law at Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says the Chinese want to block politically and socially sensitive sites, as well as pornography.
Irish Question Catholic Identity After Abuse Report
In Ireland, a report into child abuse in schools and orphanages run by Roman Catholic religious orders has renewed debate over the power the church wields in Irish society — especially in the field of education. The report found a shocking level of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
Bill Gives FDA Control Over Tobacco
The Senate is expected to pass legislation soon that would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products and advertising, as well as limit flavorings. But the bill doesn't allow the FDA to ban tobacco or the most popular flavoring, menthol.
Health Care Overhaul Opponents Use Selective Stats
Opponents of Congress' health care overhaul plan often cite a statistic that a public plan would result in over 100 million people losing their private insurance. But the writers of the oft-cited report say the number of people who would join a public insurance plan varies dramatically depending on how that plan is designed.
Abortion Terminology Analyzed
NPR's Julie Rovner says that in 2003 while covering the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, she discovered that the term late-term abortion didn't mean anything medically. She says doctors refer to term as the end of a pregnancy. So late-term would mean after a pregnancy is complete. Rovner says this leads doctors to talk simply about late abortions.
Guard Killed In Holocaust Museum Shooting
The guard shot at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is dead. Park police say a gunman, identified as James Von Brunn, walked into the museum and exchanged fire with security guards. The suspect is in critical condition.
Song For Our Times: Elizabeth And The Catapult
Just about everyone has been affected by the financial crisis, directly or indirectly. Songwriter Elizabeth Ziman used it as creative inspiration. She wrote a song about the crisis on Wall Street for her band, Elizabeth and The Catapult. "Taller Children" is the title track on her new album.
Buck Up: Life Lessons From Young Heroines
When the stock market crashed, writer Lizzie Skurnick turned to her childhood bookcase, where she found a bunch of girls who learned to survive life's downsizing. Here are three heroines whose belt-tightening serves as great advice.