Economists Say Recession May Be Over
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady, kept other stimulus measures in place and, in a sign of hope, said the economy was stabilizing. These steps and other signs are leading a growing number of economists to say they think the recession is finally over.
U.S. General: Taliban 'Comfortable' In Kandahar
The U.S. effort in Afghanistan's Helmand province is pushing the Taliban into neighboring Kandahar, putting the city and its surrounding area under stress, the general who leads the U.S. intelligence efforts in Afghanistan says.
South Florida Hospitals Compete For Foreign Patients
Hospitals are welcoming wealthy and middle-class foreign patients who pay cash or have insurance coverage. Miami hospitals are launching marketing campaigns to lure patients from the Caribbean and Latin America. Some hospitals are even opening offices overseas.
In Crisis, A Call To Return To Old Ways: Usury Laws
Credit card companies' practice of charging excessive interest rates hurts consumers — and it should be illegal, says financial historian Charles Geisst. The author of a new book about consumer debt, Geisst says one small change helped to shift attitudes about debt: what we call it.
Pot-Friendly California: Amsterdam In America?
More than 12 years after California voters approved medical marijuana, the state is awash in pot dispensaries. And the bar isn't very high for getting a doctor to recommend pot for whatever ails you. Some say it amounts to a de facto legalization of marijuana.
Prewar Berlin Inspires Crime Novelist's Dark Side
Set in the 1920s and 1930s — mostly in the section of the city that later became East Berlin — Philip Kerr's crime novels feature a climate of extreme violence and debauchery, full of rogues, cheats and liars.
Expert Panel To Advise Obama On Spaceflight
An expert panel asked by President Obama to make recommendations about the future of human spaceflight has said the goal of returning to the moon by 2020 isn't feasible if NASA's budget continues at its current level. The panel is scheduled to the brief the White House on Friday.
Gilbert-Sullivan Feud Subject Of Children's Book
After creating several operettas together, composers Gilbert and Sullivan split up. Sullivan became tired of doing the same kind of music over and over again. They reunited years later when Gilbert came up with the idea for their masterpiece, The Mikado. Jonah Winter, the author of a children's book called The Fabulous Feud of Gilbert and Sullivan, says an episode in Gilbert's life turned their relationship around.
Missing Ship May Have Been Hijacked
There are reports that a ship with a Russian crew may have been hijacked. Russian warships have been ordered to search the Atlantic for The Arctic Sea, which is registered in Malta. The vessel has not been seen since it passed through the English Channel two weeks ago.
Iran's Post-Election Detainees Likely Tortured
There are claims that many of those in detention in Iran following that country's disputed presidential election have been tortured. Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times says it's unclear just how many people are in prison.