Rural school districts using 4-day weeks to save funds Leaders in three rural Minnesota school districts are giving high marks to a big change they made this year -- four-day weeks. The districts say they're saving money with the move, but not enough to solve their budget woes.4:45 p.m.
Nigella Lawson: Just relax, cooks The holidays are here and the pressure is on. You can't do anything about the snowstorm, but food maven Nigella Lawson says you can do something about the stress of holiday entertaining.5:20 p.m.
Iran Cleric's Funeral Becomes Opposition Protest
Further evidence that opposition to the Iranian government remains strong: Tens of thousands turned out for the funeral of a leading dissident cleric — Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri — in the holy Shiite city of Qum.
Reporter Discusses Iranian Cleric's Death
Borzou Daragahi, a reporter with The Los Angeles Times, has just left Iran. He talks to Michele Norris about how the death of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri is affecting the opposition movement in Iran.
Dinosaur May Have Used Venom To Kill Prey
Dinosaur fossils found in China show that the Sinornithosaurus had grooved teeth connected to what could be venom ducts. Several researchers hypothesize that the dinosaur may have used venom much the way Gila monsters of the American Southwest do.
Bing Vs. Google: A Weeklong Experiment
James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and news analyst for Weekend All Things Considered, talks to Michele Norris about his weeklong experiment using the search engine Bing instead of Google to help him track down facts for his latest Atlantic article.
Religion Finds Home On IPhones, Social Networks
Technology is producing a new form of religious interaction that pastors, rabbis and other religious leaders are embracing. There are over two dozen Bible apps for smart phones. And beyond Scripture, people are using gadgets for devotional purposes to enrich their lives.
How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription
In 1990 the bone condition called osteopenia — slight thinning of the bones — didn't exist. Today all over America women are diagnosed with osteopenia and given medication. This is the story of how a drug company's marketing efforts changed the definition of a disease and created a new category of people who saw themselves as needing treatment. Katie Benghauser was diagnosed with osteopenia and takes Fosamax.
Health Care Bill Heads For Passage
Senate Democrats won a key procedural vote in the early hours of the morning, overcoming Republican opposition to health care legislation. Two more votes loom before expected final Senate passage by Christmas Eve.
Happy And Insured, Man Has Doubts On Overhaul
Dave Koenig has health insurance through work, and is happy with the plan. But as the health care debate drags on, he says he's losing faith in the overhaul plan. Koenig, who calls himself a conservative, says that at first he was open to President Obama's call to regulate the insurance industry to protect patients. But as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors, and it's still unclear how much it will cost, Koenig is growing wary of the plan. And he's hoping his health insurance won't change when all is said and done.
Sorcery Charges On The Rise In Saudi Arabia
The Lebanese host of a popular TV show who gave callers advice and sometimes predicted the future was sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia in November for sorcery. Human rights groups say these cases are on the rise in the strictly religious country and birthplace of Islam.
Eurostar To Resume Service Tuesday
Eurostar said it would resume its high-speed rail service linking Britain, France and Belgium on Tuesday after a three-day suspension that stranded tens of thousands of travelers. The traffic was suspended between Paris and London through the Channel tunnel as experts tried to discover what caused five trains to get stuck while attempting the passage on Friday.