It's time to split wood for winter The political conventions are in the rear view mirror. Students are back in school. It's autumn in Minnesota. Commentator Peter Smith says it's time to go split some firewood.8:40 a.m.
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Mortgage Rates Tumble On Fannie-Freddie News
Financial markets around the world reacted favorably to the U.S. government's plan to take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the United States, the move sent interest rates down, raising hopes in the real estate industry that prospective buyers may be ready to enter the housing market.
Dodd Questions Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Takeover
Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has questions about the government's takeover plan for the two housing finance giants. Dodd says he's surprised the authority to take control of the companies was actually used — and so quickly after it was given.
Bush Administration To Privatize Part Of GI Bill
The White House has announced that it will privatize parts of one of the most venerated federal programs for veterans: the GI Bill. The news has prompted criticism from several national veterans groups.
'Harry Potter' Author Wins Suit Over 'Lexicon' Book
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled against publication of the book The Harry Potter Lexicon, written by Steven Vander Ark and based on his Web site of the same name. The judge said its publication would cause harm to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Wilmington Becomes Model For Digital TV Switch
Wilmington, N.C., on Monday became the first major city to permanently switch TV broadcasts from analog to digital. Most of the country will make the transition to digital TV on Feb. 17.
Justice Seeks To Quell Voter Access Fears
The Justice Department is meeting with activists to discuss its plan for dealing with civil rights issues at polling places this November. In the past, civil rights groups have criticized the department's handling of voting rights issues.
McCain Team Helps Palin Cram For TV Interview
The latest polls show Sarah Palin has boosted John McCain's campaign. McCain now leads among white women, and Palin is more popular among men than among women. Palin will have her first interview with a network anchor Thursday, and the campaign and McCain himself are making sure she's prepared.
Big Severance Packages Await Fannie, Freddie CEOs
The government takeover of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has cost CEOs Daniel Mudd and Richard Syron their jobs. But Fannie Mae's Mudd could collect more than $9 million for leaving, while Syron could receive exit pay of more than $14 million.
Bankruptcy Rumor Sparks United Airlines Sell-Off
A 2002 news story about United Airlines filing for bankruptcy was re-posted Monday on the Internet. Investors apparently thought it was current news and started a huge sell-off of the stock before trading was halted.
Google's Chrome Taps Browsers' Cash Potential
Google is taking on Microsoft's ubiquitous Internet Explorer with a new browser called Chrome. Technology commentator Mario Armstrong says it's an easy to use, open-source browser, but it has a long way to go before it could oust Explorer as the No. 1 browser.