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Former Colleague: Peake Lacks Vision to Fix VA
A retired Army general who worked closely with Dr. James Peake, President Bush's pick to head the Department of Veteran Affairs, says Peake is a dedicated and hard worker who gets too bogged down in details. That's a problem, given the current state of the VA medical system.
Rock Climber Chris Sharma Chases Next 'King Line'
Chris Sharma is hailed as the world's best rock climber and has mastered some of the most spectacular and difficult routes in the sport's history. Sharma talks about climbing and his quest for "king lines" — climbs that test his limits.
Iraqis Skeptical New Sense of Security Can Last
Death tolls in Iraq dropped dramatically in October. But few Iraqis have faith that their government will move swiftly to make the political and economic compromises necessary to capitalize on the hard-won and still delicate security gains.
Diplomats Face Forced Assignment to Iraq
This week, more than 200 Foreign Service officers received word that they might be directed to serve in Iraq. If too few volunteer for 48 positions by Nov. 12, the State Department will have to make forced assignments — something it hasn't done since the Vietnam War.
Ex-Ambassador Explains What Iraq Posts Entail
Retired ambassador Tim Carney returned in May from his second diplomatic tour at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which he says was completely different from his first trip, when he was part of the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003.
New York Sues Firm for Rigging Home Appraisals
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has initiated a lawsuit against a real estate appraisal unit of the Fortune 500 company First American Corp. He says the appraiser colluded with Washington Mutual to inflate home values.
Senate Panel OKs Bill to Cut Greenhouse Gases
A Senate panel approved a bill Thursday that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by 2050. Supporters say it would make the United States a leader in addressing global warming, but critics say the measure falls short of what's needed.
Zipcar, Flexcar to Combine Resources
Zipcar and Flexcar both rent cars on an hourly basis to city people who don't want to be bothered with owning a car. The companies have only been around for a few years, and neither one has turned a profit. Now, they plan to merge, reduce costs and start making money.
Memoir Details Psychologist's Combat Hospital Duty
Heidi Squier Kraft, author of a new memoir called Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital, served more than seven months as a clinical psychologist at a remote air base in western Iraq.
Cult Appeal of 'Darko' Film Spawns Stage Version
Richard Kelly's 2001 film Donnie Darko has become a cult favorite through relentless midnight screenings across the country. Now, a play that tries to capture the film's quick cuts through some 70 stage scenes is showing in Cambridge, Mass.