Small pharmacies concerned about drug bill Lawmakers will debate whether they should change a 70-year-old law that protects against predatory pricing. Some lawmakers say an exemption should be made for prescription drugs.7:20 a.m.
Medtronic begins TV ad campaign for heart devices For years, drug companies have bought ads in the mainstream media pushing pills that treat everything from depression to impotence. Now, Fridley-based Medtronic is breaking new ground with a TV ad about a stopwatch-sized medical device that can restart a failing heart.7:25 a.m.
'Coalition of the Willing' Suffering Losses
As British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that several hundred British troops will be withdrawn from Iraq in coming months, Denmark will remove its 460-member contingent by August and South Korea plans to bring home half of its 2,300 soldiers by April.
Iraq Insurgents Turn to Chlorine Bombs
Insurgents are deploying a new and deadly tactic against Iraqi civilians, authorities say: bombs combining explosives with poisonous chlorine gas. At least five people died in such an attack Wednesday, the third in a month.
Army War Critic Wilkerson Awaits Sentence
A conversation with Army Spec. Mark Wilkerson, who will be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to leaving his Army unit. Wilkerson went AWOL rather than return to Iraq, then turned himself in last fall.
Some Top Students Look for Hidden-Gem Colleges
It's a mini-trend among high school students. Some are choosing small, lesser-known schools over more prestigious colleges. They say they want to go to a college that fits who they are.
Departing U.N. Food Chief Reflects on World Hunger
After five years, James Morris is leaving his post as head of the U.N.'s World Food Program. He says he will remain haunted by the knowledge that 400 million children are living in hunger. He says it's a problem that the world should be able to resolve.
Ear Tubes in Children May Be Over-Prescribed
Every year, about 500,000 children have ear tubes surgically implanted in their ear drum to help reduce ear infections. But experts estimate as many as one-third of kids who get ear tubes don't need them.
Got a Runny Nose? Flush It Out!
A growing number of people seeking to keep runny noses and stuffy heads at bay are turning to saline irrigation. In essence, you're flushing your nasal passages out with a saline solution. Research suggests it works.
Cisco, Apple Agree to Share 'iPhone' Name
The computer-networking company Cisco Systems and Apple settle a dispute over branding. They also will "explore opportunities to work together in areas like security and communications."
How Do We Close the Income Gap?
Income inequality has been a popular topic recently among politicians. There are many ways to address the problem, but most solutions are not likely to win enough political support to make them effective.
Lenders Vow to Clean Up 'Payday Loan' Operations
Lenders who make short-term loans to cash-strapped borrowers — commonly known as "payday loans" — are vowing to reform the way they operate. It's a pre-emptive move by an industry often accused of predatory lending.