2008 holds promise for farmers Despite bad spring weather, the nation's corn crop has recovered. The U.S. Agriculture Department today estimated the Minnesota corn harvest could even set a record.5:20 p.m.
Russia Orders Conditional Halt To Military Operations
Russia's president has ordered his troops to halt military action in Georgia. In return, Russia wants Georgia to agree not to try again to take separatist areas Moscow supports. The French have taken the lead on this diplomatic effort to end the fighting.
Georgia To Sue Russia For Ethnic Cleansing
Georgia's security council says it filed papers with the International Court of Justice to sue Russia for ethnic cleansing. Earlier, Russia announced its military operations in Georgia have ended but Tblisi says attacks continue.
What's Next For Saakashvili?
The crisis in Georgia has shone a bright light on President Mikhail Saakashvili. Stephen Sestanovich, of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the Georgian leader had no reason to believe the U.S. or the West would back him militarily in the conflict with Russia.
Minor Olympic Sports Hold Their Own
Sports such as swimming, basketball and gymnastics get huge amounts of attention at the Olympics. But there are plenty of storylines and drama, too, in less visible sports such as badminton, team handball and fencing.
Study: Post-Win Celebrations Come Naturally
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says gestures like fist-pumping and chest-puffing by victorious athletes come naturally. Study author Jessica Tracy, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, offers her insight.
Candidates Vow To Keep Politics Out Of Science
McCain and Obama agree that politics has trumped science under the Bush administration, and they've vowed to restore integrity to federal science agencies. But they differ on how much federal money should go toward basic research.
Michelle Obama: The Exec, Mom And Campaigner
Michelle Obama put her career as a hospital executive on hold to campaign for her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. She has become an important advocate for her husband on the campaign trail, often addressing the struggle to balance work and family.
Music Picks From Obama, McCain Blender magazine has published a list of the top 10 songs from presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. "Ready or Not" by the Fugees is on top of Obama's list, and ABBA's "Dancing Queen" tops McCain's list.
Doris Lessing Mines Gold In 'Alfred And Emily'
Published on the verge of the author's 89th birthday, Doris Lessing's Alfred And Emily is an idiosyncratic combination of personal history, public history and fiction — all about her father and mother.
Inara George Extends 'An Invitation'
For An Invitation, George wrote the songs with just her voice and a guitar, then sent them away to master arranger Van Dyke Parks. The result is a lushly orchestrated, theatrical song cycle, which buoys George's unique vocal phrasing with a small orchestra.