Karbala's Shiite Clashes Spread to Other Towns
Tensions between rival Shiite factions are running high, following two days of clashes in the holy city of Karbala that left at least 50 dead and more than 200 wounded. The violence in Karbala sparked clashes in several other Shiite towns in southern Iraq.
It's Badr Versus Mahdi in Karbala
On one side of the riots in the Shiite-dominated city of Karbala is the Badr Brigade — affiliated with the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. On the other is the Mahdi Army — affiliated with cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. According to scholar Vali Nasr, both groups have had close ties to Iran in the past.
Senator's Support Scatters as Arrest Comes to Light
Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig has weathered decades of unconfirmed allegations and whispers about his sexuality. Now, he's under fire like never before after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an incident in an airport bathroom.
Do Witness Protection Programs Really Protect?
Fourteen states have programs designed to keep witnesses to crimes safe before and after they testify. But most programs don't literally "protect" anyone. Witnesses are simply moved out of the place where the crime occurred into a safer location.
Government's Lies a Matter of Convenience
The Justice Department's denial of the impending resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is the latest example of government officials lying as a matter of convenience.
New Orleans Suffers Crisis in Mental Health Care
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents need mental health care, but there are few resources and almost no psychiatric beds. With nowhere to turn, people in the city have been forced to take drastic steps.
Cameras Link Doctors with Medics in the Field
Ambulances in Tucson, Ariz., are being fitted with video cameras to provide a high-definition, wireless connection between doctor and paramedic. Dubbed "ER Link," the technology could build bridges, but some medics fear the system might undermine their value.
Image Slows New Orleans' Economic Recovery
Signs of revitalization abound in New Orleans these days, but serious issues linger. Two years after Katrina, New Orleans is doing its best to lure businesses to the city, but the city's image problems are still scaring many people away.