James Longley captures "Iraq in Fragments" Documentary-maker James Longley believes in legwork. That's why he spent two years in Iraq. His new film "Iraq in Fragments" examines the lives of ordinary Iraqis caught up in the turmoil of war. The film was just nominated for an Oscar. It opens in Minneapolis this weekend.7:50 a.m.
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Bush Meets Media, Holds Silence on Key Subjects
President Bush held a news conference Wednesday for the first time in almost two months. He discussed a variety of issues, but refused to comment on some key topics — including the ongoing trial of former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
GOP Hopefuls Face Delicate Choice on Iraq
Republican presidential contenders face a political choice on Iraq. Supporting President Bush might energize the party's conservative base, while opposition to the administration's war policy could resonate with voters in the general election.
Town's Fate Highlights Complexities of Afghan Conflict
Taliban militants have held a small farming town in southern Afghanistan for two weeks. So far, neither the Afghan government nor NATO forces have tried to take it back. At issue is a controversial deal, struck last fall by tribal elders, that many hoped might help end the war.
Letters: Obama, Guest Workers, Red, Barbaro
Listeners respond to recent coverage of Sen. Barack Obama and treatment of Guatemalan guest workers as well as Susan Stamberg's "Valentine" to the color red and commentator John Ridley's thoughts on rating movies in which characters smoke. Frank Deford's request for suggestions on naming the brothers of the late racehorse Barbaro is yielding fruit — "Red Barbaro" is one suggestion — and we correct a reference to Iggy Pop in a story about rock music in TV commercials. We should have said he sings in an ad for Royal Caribbean cruise lines.
Iraq War Deepens Sunni-Shia Divide
When the United States invaded Iraq four years ago, it didn't set out to deepen the Sunni-Shia divide in the Islamic world. But that may be one of the most important outcomes of the war.
AFLAC Shareholders to Advise on CEO Pay
The insurance giant AFLAC will give its shareholders some influence over CEO salaries, in the form of a nonbinding vote on how much executives will be paid. U.S. pension funds and other shareholder groups who have called for "say on pay" policies are branding AFLAC's move as an important step forward.
State Farm Won't Seek New Mississippi Policies
Insurance company State Farm faced a wave of litigation after Hurricane Katrina. Now Mississippi's largest insurer will no longer write new homeowners or commercial policies in the state.
'Phishing' Scammers Try New Tactics
Scam artists who have traditionally used e-mails to "phish" for bank account numbers, passwords and other sensitive information are getting more sophisticated as they mount online assaults.
Car Dealer's Offer No Snow Job
Like much of the Northeast, Binghamton, N.Y., is covered in snow, but nearly two dozen people are celebrating. They'll get $5,000 each from a car dealer's Valentine's Day promotion. He promised the cash to new car buyers if at least six inches of snow fell.