When theater keeps political spirits alive Theater is often relegated to the world of entertainment. But since its beginnings, theater has been a forum for political activism and an agent for change. A Minnesota theater company is focussing on that tradition.6:42 a.m.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says Google Desktop 3 is a privacy nightmare. Google Desktop enables Google-style searches computer hard drives. The latest version of Google Desktop allows users to save contents of their computers on Google servers so they can search and access the contents of their PC's remotely.
Houston Chronicle technology columnist Dwight Silverman agrees that the "search across computers" function of the new Google Desktop is problematic.8:41 a.m.
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White House Tries to Deflect Interest in Hunting Accident
The White House has faced questions and criticism in its handling of the hunting accident involving Vice President Dick Cheney. The victim in the mishap, lawyer Harry Whittington, suffered a minor heart attack Tuesday. Cheney's office subsequently issued its first statement on the matter.
Medical Complications for Shooting Victim Whittington
Cardiologists described Harry Whittington's setback Tuesday as a silent heart attack. A shotgun pellet from last weekend's hunting accident traveled to his heart. Whittington's doctors have not specified what treatment they are administering.
Marriage Plays Starring Role in Politics… Again
In the 2004 election, citizens in 11 states amended their constitutions to define marriage as between a man and a woman. This year promises to be a rematch of that question: As many as 10 states will consider an amendment to ban gay marriage.
Haiti Suspends Vote-Counting in Presidential Election
Authorities have suspended vote-counting one week after Haiti's presidential election. Front-runner Rene Preval claimed that massive fraud was preventing him from winning in the first round. Thousands of Preval's supporters held a demonstration Tuesday night after burned ballots were found smoldering on a dump.
Imam: Muslims Can Work Toward Peaceful Protest
Muslim leaders in the United States are trying to influence their counterparts in Europe as protests continue over cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammed. Renee Montagne talks to Imam Mohamed Magid, who leads a large mosque in northern Virginia. He says the American civil rights movement can be an example to Muslims of how to peacefully bring change.
Muslim Cartoon Rioting Affects Spanish Rituals
After Muslim rulers were expelled from Spain in the 13th century, many small communities in the southeast region started holding annual festivals to celebrate. Effigies of the Prophet Muhammed were burned at these events. The recent violent demonstrations over cartoons published in a Danish newspaper have led these villages to change their centuries-old traditions.
Government Goes After Kentucky Mine for Fines
The federal Mine Safety & Health Administration has filed suit against a Kentucky coal operator to collect past fines. It is also demanding that money be set aside to pay any future fines. Mine safety advocates are pleased by the suit, but say the agency should have filed it much sooner.
Fed Chair Bernanke Delivers Report Before Congress
Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill delivering his first economic report to Congress since becoming chairman of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke told lawmakers that "economic expansion remains on track" and left open the possibility that interest rates would go up. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal's deputy Washington bureau chief.
Congress Wrangles over Tax-Cut Measure
The Senate has named a team to hammer out differences with the House on a tax-cut measure. The Senate's GOP leaders are pushing to adopt the House bill's extensions of certain tax cuts for investors that are due to expire in three years.