A young girl's sweet 15 In Latin American countries, the quince is a right of passage for young Latinas. Their 15th birthday is the time for a social and religious coming-of-age ceremony. It's a custom that's becoming more common in the U.S.5:53 p.m.
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Pakistan's Musharraf Quits Amid Impeachment Threat
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has resigned to avoid facing impeachment. In a televised address, he said he wanted to spare Pakistan of an impeachment battle. The former military ruler was a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.
Musharraf Exit May Affect U.S. Plans
Pervez Musharraf's resignation could require a major revision of U.S. plans. Xenia Dormandy, director of the Belfer Center's Project on India and the Subcontinent at Harvard University, says the U.S. must meld its policy in a way that gains support within Pakistan.
Cindy McCain's Half Sister 'Angry' She's Hidden
Although Cindy McCain has publicly said she's an only child, she has a half sister. Kathleen Hensley Portalski and her son, Nicholas, say they're hurt that they've never been recognized — and that they didn't receive any part of Jim Hensley's estate.
Denver Hits Some Snags In Runup To Convention
After 19 months of work, the city is ready to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention. There've been some problems: The host committee has fallen short of fundraising goals, and the city upset protest groups by building a temporary jail.
Ethnic Split At Core Of Georgian Conflict Remains
The confrontation between Russia and Georgia has created demands by major Western nations that Russia respect Georgian sovereignty. But the nasty ethnic issue at the heart of the local conflict has been obscured by the big-power wrangling.
Open Water Swimmers Make Waves In Beijing
The sport is new to the Olympics and brings a different set of challenges to traditional swimmers. Practically a full-contact sport, swimmers compete in a six-mile course and finish just fractions of seconds apart.
Jamaicans Revel In 100M Olympic Triumphs
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Jermaine Brown took gold in the men's and women's 100 meters at the Beijing Olympics. Jeremaine Brown of Radio Jamaica says track and field is deeply embedded in Jamaica's culture right from kindergarten.
Japanese Foot Pad Is Latest Health Fad
The newest craze in consumer health is adhesive pads filled with "detox" herbs that supposedly suck toxins out of the bottom of our feet while we sleep. An analysis at a California laboratory shows no significant difference between used and unused pads.
Extreme Heat A Threat To World's Poor
Within the century, afternoon highs may reach temperatures that today are found only in the world's hottest deserts, says a new study. Those least able to deal with the increase in extreme heat waves — the world's poor — will be hit the hardest.
Stove Sales Hot
As nearby factories are downsizing, Harman Stoves in Halifax, Pa., is adding more than 100 jobs to try to keep up with skyrocketing demand for its pellet stoves. The spike comes as homeowners want to make the switch from oil to heating with wood pellets.