'Street medics' gear up for RNC protests A small crew of street medics is preparing to offer first aid and mental health care to protesters and others during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.5:20 p.m.
Olympic Zealots Exhibit Themselves In Bizarre Ways
In Beijing, a handful of Chinese are performing odd feats, like Liu Ming, who covered his body head to toe with Olympic tattoos. The zealots say it's a once-in-a lifetime-event that fills them with a burning desire to exhibit themselves.
Some Economies Suffer As Beijing Cleans Up Air
In an effort to curb air pollution for the Olympics, more than 250 factories in Beijing and nearby towns like Tangshan have been shuttered temporarily. Some factory workers are on vacation for the first time in 20 years.
Charting New Orleans' Everyday Landmarks
The book Cornerstones pays tribute to the places that make a city human: the cornerstones of the city's social geography. In New Orleans, naturally, many of those places are bars.
GOP Hopes to Swing Minnesota for McCain
Minnesota is a key battleground state in the upcoming presidential election. Barack Obama's double-digit lead in state polls has shrunk to just over two points. Ron Carey, chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, says the GOP is engaging in grassroots-level politics in the state.
Democrats Seek To Keep Minnesota Blue
In Minnesota, Barack Obama has seen a double-digit lead over John McCain shrink in the polls. Brian Melendez, the head of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, says pollsters are missing younger, more mobile voters who use cell phones and text messages to communicate.
Ohio Bans Voting Machine 'Sleepovers'
The Ohio secretary of state has prohibited poll workers from taking voting machines home before Election Day, a practice known as "sleepovers." Jodi Dibble, deputy director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, says there has never been an incident of tampering.
Afghanistan Wins First Olympic Medal
Afghanistan won its first Olympic medal ever today. Rohullah Nikpai won a bronze in the men's under 58-kilogram tae kwon do event in Beijing. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Nikpai to congratulate him, a presidential spokesman said.
Testing Errors In The Doctor's Office
A recent study documented errors related to medical tests in doctors' offices. Most of the errors came in reporting test results to the doctor, test implementation and administrative mistakes in filing the results.
Sen. Stevens' Bid To Move Trial To Alaska Fails
Sen. Ted Stevens has lost a bid to move his corruption trial from Washington to his home state of Alaska. The Republican lawmaker had said both the witnesses and his campaign for re-election were in Alaska. The trial is due to start next month.
New Orleans Fights To Save Churches
Many churches in New Orleans are slated to close not necessarily because of blighted areas but because congregations are shrinking. Some of the buildings are historic or simply beautiful and some communities are mobilizing to keep them open.