Farm bill looked good to pass -- until vote The U.S. House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.5:21 p.m.
Goodhue County wind project gets one more chance The state is giving a troubled southeastern Minnesota wind farm project one more chance to show it can actually build some wind turbines. The project has been controversial since it was first proposed four years ago.5:25 p.m.
White House Plans Major New Push On Climate Change
Since his reelection, President Obama has talked a lot about the importance of addressing climate change and promised action. Environmentalists have criticized him for not doing more to confront the issue. In the coming weeks he'll announce a new agenda promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Game 7 Among Most Anticipated NBA Game In Decades
It's Christmas for pro basketball fans — game 7 of the NBA Finals is Thursday night. And, after an epic, draining game 6, the match up between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs has put everyone, from casual observers and the stats geeks, in a tizzy.
At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide
Suicide killed more U.S. troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, a trend that's likely to continue this year. The causes and remedies are complicated, but Fort Bliss in Texas has bucked the trend. Suicides have declined there, after implementation of an interactive suicide prevention program.
Shiite Fighters Drawn To Fight In Syria By Islamic Prophecy
For the first time in modern history, Shiites are crossing borders to fight against the "evil ones," meaning Sunnis. As Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah has openly admitted, his men are leading battles in Syria, and Iraqi fighters stream in join them, Shiites back at home envision the coming of the hidden imam. They say all the signs in Syria point to the Mahdi's imminent appearance.
Kerry Heads Back To Mideast To Reboot Peace Talks
Secretary of State John Kerry is planning another trip to the Mideast. Among his priorities is reviving Mideast peace talks. Robert Siegel speaks with Aaron David Miller, vice president for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Middle East Program with the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the author of The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace for more.
'Crazy Rich Asians': Lives Of The .0001 Percent Filled with lavish settings and the personalities to match, Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a wealthy heir and his over-the-top cohorts. Reviewer Tash Aw says the book is a breathless, high-speed romp.