The challenge of speaking Spanish in America If you listen to a group of native Spanish-speakers, you might think their fast-paced conversation means easy communication with one another. But within the Spanish-speaking population, there's a very clear divide -- a linguistic "us" and "them."5:20 p.m.
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Philadelphia House Race Turns on Money Issues
In a suburban Philadelphia House race, incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach faces an aggressive challenge from Democrat Lois Murphy, who narrowly lost to Gerlach two years ago. Fueled by rising interest rates, falling homes prices and stagnant wages, economic anxiety tops the issue list for both candidates.
House Elections Heating Up in Close Races
Melissa Block talks with Amy Walter, senior editor of the Cook Political Report, about what to expect in the upcoming House elections. Walter says that most of them are really just starting to get fully engaged, and although Republicans have gained some ground, there remains potential for Democratic gain.
Newly Found WWI Veteran Reburied, with Honors
World War I soldier Francis Lupo of Cincinnati was buried with full honors Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. It's first time the Pentagon group that looks for the remains of missing servicemen has found and identified someone from World War I. Private Lupo died July 21, 1918, in France in the Second Battle of the Marne. His niece, Rachel Kleisinger, attended the ceremony.
German Opera Shelved Due to Religious Content
A leading opera house in Germany has cancelled a production because a scene that might offend Muslims could create a security threat. The production of Idomeneo features a scene in which a character presents the severed heads of religious leaders -- including Jesus, the Buddha and Muhammad.
Blair Gives Final Speech as Head of Labour
British Prime Minister Tony Blair made his last speech as leader of the ruling Labour Party's annual convention. He had already announced that he will step down before next summer. He told party delegates that they must put aside their differences and support his successor if they want Labour to win the next general election, in 2009.
E. Coli Shouldn't Dampen Appetite for Vegetables
It's too early to say exactly what caused the ongoing E. Coli spinach contamination, but consumers shouldn't shy away from spinach grown in places other than the Salinas Valley, says a food-safety expert. Michele Norris talks with Carl Winter, Director of the FoodSafe Program.
Vaccine May Eliminate E. Coli in Cattle
One likely source of the recent E. coli outbreak in spinach is cattle waste. At the University of Nebraska, researchers are working on a vaccine that would be given to cattle to destroy E. coli before it harms your food.
Large Dairies Forsake Growth Hormones in Milk
A move is under way in New England that some say may soon end the use of artificial growth hormones in dairy cows. Two of the area's biggest dairies say that as of October, they will only buy milk from hormone-free farms. The move comes despite Food and Drug Administration assurances that growth hormones are safe.
Critics Question Reporter's Airing of Personal Views The New York Times' Linda Greenhouse is considered one of the top reporters on the Supreme Court beat, with a Pulitzer to her credit. Greenhouse recently expressed strong beliefs about issues facing the court, which may complicate her job.