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Kentucky Houseboat Maker Struggles To Stay Afloat
A year ago, Majestic Yachts Inc. in Kentucky had plenty of orders to fill. This year, it's feeling a ripple effect from boaters who can't find buyers for their old boats and aren't buying new ones. The company hasn't gotten one order for a new boat and just laid off all 27 employees.
Abolqasem Ferdowsi: The Poet Who Rescued Iran
Ferdowsi combines myth and history in Shahnameh, known in English as the "Book of Kings." It chronicles the rulers and warriors of the Persian empire, which had come and gone long before the poet was born in 940 A.D.
Stimulus Bill Gives 'Shovel-Ready' Projects Priority
As President Obama urges Congress to approve a stimulus program, one of his favorite selling points is the thousands of projects around the country that he says are "shovel ready" — meaning the planning is complete, approvals are secured, and people could be put to work quickly once funding is put in place.
Biden Promises Foreign Policy Shifts
In recent years, European leaders at the annual Munich Security Conference have roundly criticized American foreign policy. This year, things were different. Vice President Joe Biden's speech on Saturday unveiled a new caring, consulting and listening U.S. administration, promising sweeping changes in American foreign policy.
U.S. Examining Options To Central Asian Air Bases
The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan last week said it planned to close an American air base that has played an important role in the U.S. military operations in neighboring Afghanistan. This comes at a time when the Obama administration plans to step up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. U.S. officials say they are looking at other options. Uzbekistan evicted the U.S. from its air base in 2005.
Hudson River Landing Not As Easy As It Looked
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger didn't have a lot of options last month when the jetliner he was piloting hit a flock of geese and lost power in both engines. In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Sullenberger explained what he had to do to land the plane safely in the Hudson River.
Iraq Security Improving, Challenges Remain
President Barack Obama has inherited a changing war in Iraq. A new security agreement has started a countdown for the departure of U.S. troops. Iraq is more peaceful, and elections took place with little incident. Yet the final outcome in Iraq is still far from clear.
Church, Court Clash In Italian Right-To-Die Case
Italy is in the grips of a right-to-die debate. Catholic officials have been vocal in demanding that a woman who has been comatose since a car accident 17 years ago be allowed to live. But an appeals court has granted a request by the woman's father to stop artificial feeding so she can be allowed to die.
Is America Weighed Down By 'Dead Ideas'?
In his new book, The Tyranny of Bad Ideas, author Matt Miller says Americans need to let go of certain outmoded beliefs. On the list? The idea that our children will earn more than we do and the notion that taxes are bad and free trade is good.