Ties between student loan vendors and colleges -- too cozy? Way too cozy. That's one way to describe the relationship between some college and university financial aid officials with student loan lenders. How cozy are those relationships in Minnesota? That's what Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking lenders.7:23 a.m.
The hybridization of the arts The Ordway's touring version of "Edward Scissorhands" is just one example of a fusion of creative disciplines, resulting in a new art form that doesn't fit into standard categories.8:25 a.m.
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MSNBC Cans Imus Show After Racist Comments
Shock jock Don Imus has been removed from his regular slot on cable television. The president of NBC News announced that cable's MSNBC would no longer carry the simulcast of Imus's CBS radio show. The move came after Imus recently made racist comments on-air about the Rutgers women's basketball team.
Duke Lacrosse Players Cleared of All Charges
North Carolina's attorney general has dropped all charges against three former members of Duke University's lacrosse team. The players were accused of kidnapping, raping and assaulting an exotic dancer who performed at a team party.
Wolfowitz Corruption Push Clashes with Debt Relief
Paul Wolfowitz was one of the leading backers of going to war in Iraq. Now, as head of the World Bank, he faces almost as much controversy by moving to suspend bank aid to poor countries that don't do enough to fight corruption.
U.S. Awaits North Korea Action on Nuclear Facility
With just days to go until North Korea is supposed to shut down a major nuclear facility, the United States has agreed to a key demand by the communist nation and released $25 million frozen in a Macau bank. Now the ball is in North Korea's court, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill.
Thinking Thin: A Cognitive-Therapy Approach
Most weight-loss diets work, as long as you stick to them. But studies show that most of us can't make ourselves stay with a diet long-term. Now, a growing focus on behavioral tricks may help people change the way they think about food and eating.
Vonnegut Expressed Skeptical Nature with Humor
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut died Wednesday of complications from a fall. He was 84. Vonnegut was critical of war and skeptical of government. One of his last public acts was to criticize the war in Iraq.
Safety Questions Linger Over Pre-Washed Greens
Lettuce and spinach crops are in the ground now in California's Salinas Valley. They'll soon be arriving as pre-washed bagged leafy greens at your local supermarket. Are they safe to eat?
Sallie Mae Settles with New York on Student Loans
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement Wednesday with Sallie Mae, in which the lender will pay $2 million to settle an investigation into financial arrangements between the company and the colleges and universities it services.