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Ailing Farrakhan Bids Adieu to Public Role
Louis Farrakhan speaks to tens of thousands of members of the Nation of Islam in Detroit. The organization billed the speech as his last major address. Health issues have persuaded Farrakhan to back away from his leadership role.
Major Powers Hold Talks on Iran Sanctions
Diplomats from the U.S., Russia, China, France, China and Germany meet in London to discuss further sanctions against Iran. The U.N.'s nuclear agency says Iran continues to enrich uranium in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
Teens, Children Aiding Iraqi Insurgents
U.S. troops in Ramadi and nearby Fallujah find themselves detaining many Iraqi teens — and even younger children — who are being recruited for insurgent activities. Many may have lost their fathers or others in the ongoing conflict.
Sharpton, Thurmond Families Bound by Slavery
Citing a genealogical study, The New York Daily News says ancestors of civil rights activist Al Sharpton were once slaves owned by ancestors of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.
Governors Focus on Children's Health Program
The nation's governors discuss the renewal of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). It's set to expire in September. More than a dozen states could run out of S-CHIP money by the spring.
South Dakota Road Project Draws Skeptics
South Dakota officials say a new highway from Hot Springs in the southwest corner of the state to Denver, Colo., will help rural areas develop. But some wonder whether the project is worth a price tag estimated at $90 million.
Texas Power Giant Plans Sale to Private Groups
TXU, the largest retail electricity provider in Texas, wants to sell itself to a group of private investment firms for $32 billion. If regulators approve the deal, it would be the largest private buyout in U.S. corporate history.
Bill Would Tie Retailers to Costs of ID Theft
Massachusetts eyes a law to hold retailers accountable when thieves steal credit card information. The bill would force retailers to pay for the cost of reissuing new cards and for other expenses. Credit-card companies now absorb most of those costs.
Software Turns Phone Messages into Text
Technology now allows you to "read" your voice mail. Voice-recognition software can translate telephone messages into text, then send them out as e-mail. But how well does it work?