Congress pushes ballast water regulations Ships calling on the Great Lakes may soon have to treat their ballast water, to prevent the spread of non-native plants and animals. New regulations cleared the U.S House Transportation Committee Thursday.5:20 p.m.
Fiddler explores music to die for Hardanger fiddle music is not exactly a chart topper in this country. Even so, a Minneapolis musician is devoting her life to helping audiences appreciate the centuries-old Norwegian musical tradition. Karen Torkelson Solgard is also giving the music an unmistakable American accent.5:24 p.m.
White House Suffers Blows on Key Issues
The Senate killed President Bush's main domestic policy issue — overhauling immigration laws — as Republican support collapsed. News from Iraq was grim. And the White House invoked executive privilege in response to subpoenas from Congress.
Adjudicating the White House Subpoena Dispute
The White House invoked executive privilege in response to subpoenas for documents associated with the firing of federal prosecutors for political reasons. A Columbia University law professor lays out scenarios for resolving the confrontation.
High Court Blocks Mentally Ill Inmate's Execution
The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a Texas man convicted of killing his mother- and father-in-law because the man has a long-documented mental illness – and thinks the reason he's slated to be executed is to stop him from preaching the word of God.
Global Competitors Clamor for Kazakhstan's Oil
Thanks in large part to the soaring price of oil, Kazakhstan has become one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Companies and governments are competing for access to its vast deposits of oil and natural gas.
Petraeus: Alliances, Time Are Crucial Tools of War
The top U.S. commander in Iraq says success in Iraq may take more time than Washington is willing to give. On a recent inspection in Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus also says any real long-term solution for the country must be a political one.
Walk-In Trauma Centers Give Vets a Welcome Home
The first storefront mental health clinics helped Vietnam vets transition home almost 30 years ago. Now, these Vietnam vets are bringing their sons, back from Iraq and Afghanistan, into the centers, which offer a welcoming alternative to VA hospitals.
Bottled Water: A Symbol of U.S. Commerce, Culture
The bottled-water business in the United States is booming. People increasingly are willing to pay for something they can just as easily have for free. Yet many people around the world lack safe, dependable drinking water.
Will Mars Rover Survive the Crater of Doom?
NASA's Mars rover "Opportunity" is scheduled to begin descending a rocky slope into the Red Planet's massive Victoria Crater. This latest trek carries real risk for the long-lived robotic explorer, but it's expected to provide valuable science.
Supreme Court Rejects School Desegregation Plan
The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that districts in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., went too far in their school-desegregation plans by using a student's race to determine which school he or she is assigned to.
Plan Will Be Modified, School Board Member Says
Carol Ann Haddad, member and former head of the school board in Jefferson County, Ky., talks about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling against the district's use of race in making school assignments.