Laws based more on myth than fact Across the country, state lawmakers are getting tough on sex offenders. Researchers say too often, lawmakers depend on myth, not fact, when they pass new restrictions on sex offenders.7:20 a.m.
Is Garnett going? Several NBA general managers have told ESPN.com that the Minnesota Timberwolves are finally listening to trade offers for Kevin Garnett.8:25 a.m.
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Bush, Olmert to Consider Divided Palestinians
When President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meet in Washington, the first item on their agenda is how to deal with Palestinians who are divided physically and politically, with Fatah controlling the West Bank and Hamas in charge in the Gaza Strip.
Iraqi Tribes in Anbar Team with U.S. Military
In Iraq's Anbar province, Iraqi tribes have teamed up with the U.S. military to fight al-Qaida. The surprising development is being followed closely in neighboring Syria and Jordan, where millions of Iraqis have fled from violence. Jordan is also a refuge for some of Anbar's tribal chiefs.
'Evan Almighty' Is Most Expensive Comedy
Universal Pictures is set to release Evan Almighty this weekend, a big-ticket comedy that is a contemporary version of Noah's Ark. Costing about $175 million to make, the movie uses many real animals.
Wedding Day Blues: Finding the Perfect Mix CD
Countless music fans have attempted to craft the perfect mix CD — just the thing to put a soundtrack on special occasions. But an hour of love-themed dinner music for a wedding reception isn't as easy to assemble as it may seem.
Chicago Trials Begin for 'Joey the Clown' and Co.
Jury selection is expected to begin in the federal racketeering and conspiracy trial of five reputed Chicago area organized crime figures, including Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, who is 78. The crimes they are charged with date to 1970s and involve 18 previously unsolved mob-related murders.
Troubled Schools Getting Their Own Test Tutors
Test scores in low-performing schools rose last year in the wake of the No Child Left Behind Act passed more than five years ago. It requires testing and quantifiable goals to reform the country's schools. Merrill Vargo, consultant and director of Springboard Schools, talks with Steve Inskeep about what she advises schools to do to raise their test scores.
'Big Easy' Cuts No Ice in Sudan, Reporter Finds
Gwen Thompkins, who covers East Africa for NPR, describes recent trouble with authorities in Sudan. She realized that the worst part for her wasn't that they took her passport, but that they had never heard of her hometown: New Orleans.
More Drugs to Fight Diabetes Are On the Way
In 2005, Americans spent almost $10 billion on diabetes drugs — and that is supposed to increase over the next two years. Later this week in Chicago, drug companies will release new diabetes drugs they hope will fuel the spending surge.
Yahoo Ousts Terry Semel from CEO Post
Yahoo CEO Terry Semel announced his departure from the Internet stalwart. He had been under fire for the company's flagging stock price and a pay package last year that topped $71 million. Yahoo appointed company co-founder Jerry Yang as its new CEO and named Susan Decker as its president.
Predatory-Loan Suit Could Hit Ameriquest Founder
Roland Arnall, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and the founder of mortgage lender Ameriquest, may soon get pulled into a lawsuit over predatory lending. Ameriquest customers say the company steered them into predatory loans — and many want Arnall, a billionaire, held personally liable.