Sexual orientation the focus of new anti-bullying bill U.S. Sen. Al Franken, DFL-Minn., is planning to introduce a bill today designed to protect gay students from discrimination and harassment. The Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. If signed into law, public schools that violate the statute could lose federal funding or be sued by victims.8:45 a.m.
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Massey Energy CEO To Appear Before Senate Panel
Six weeks after the worst coal mine disaster in decades, the mine's owner heads to Capitol Hill to answer questions Thursday. The company is Massey Energy, and its CEO Don Blankenship faces intense pressure from all fronts.
Immigration Tops Issues During Calderon Visit
Mexican President Felipe Calderon addresses a joint meeting of Congress Thursday. He'll talk with lawmakers about immigration, drug violence, and other challenges facing the U.S. and Mexico alike. Calderon met with President Obama on Wednesday, and those same issues came up.
Girl Asks Mrs. Obama About Immigration Crackdown
First lady Michele Obama had a tough question to answer from a little girl concerned about immigration enforcement on Wednesday. The second grader asked whether the president is taking away everyone without papers.
Sifting The Layers Of Pakistan's Past And Future
The ruins of Taxila, Pakistan, date back thousands of years -- but the city is full of young people whose future prospects are very much determined by their present circumstances. Near the end of his journey along the Grand Trunk Road, Steve Inskeep talks with three young people with decidedly different prospects.
Scientist: BP's Oil Spill Estimates Improbable
An independent scientist says the Gulf oil spill appears to be even larger than he previously thought. Steve Wereley of Purdue University told a House subcommittee that he estimates the well is gushing nearly 100,000 barrels a day; BP's official estimate is 5,000 barrels.
Can Health Care Save Detroit?
The U.S. auto industry may be showing some signs of life, but civic leaders in Detroit are looking to another sector to revive the Motor City: the health care industry. A deal to buy the city's largest health system would mean $850 million in improvements and 10,000 new jobs.
Google Apologizes for Privacy Issues
Google is under fire after revelations that it had been collecting people's personal data from wireless networks. At a conference Wednesday, Google CEO Sergey Brin said his company had "screwed up" and is putting more internal controls in place.
Financial Overhaul Examines Credit Rating Agencies
As the Senate finishes up its financial regulatory bill, another key player in the economic meltdown is getting some scrutiny: credit rating agencies. They were giving favorable ratings to questionable financial products. Under new proposals, product issuers could no longer shop around for rating agencies -- they would be assigned by the SEC.
Startup Looks For A New Way To Rate Credit
The reputations of the major credit rating agencies were seriously damaged in the subprime mortgage crisis. Jules Kroll is starting a new firm that promises to scrutinize underlying assets more closely. And he's looking to to be backed by pension funds and other investors instead of the financial firms selling the investments.