For Charter Schools, New Orleans Is Citywide Lab
National charter organizers rushed to fill the void left by the destruction of the New Orleans school system by Hurricane Katrina. The city has become the nation's leading laboratory for charter school experiments.
Growing Iranian Influence Vexes U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting allies in the Middle East to discuss Iran's nuclear program, and its role in the region. An unintended consequence of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was to strengthen Iran's regional influence.
Rice in Egypt for Talks on Iran, Middle East Peace
After meetings in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Cairo on the second leg of her trip to the Middle East. Rice is in the region consulting with allies on Iran's growing power.
Nobel Physics Prize Goes to Big-Bang Work
Two Americans have won the Nobel Prize for Physics. John Mather and George Smoot were instrumental in building a satellite that measured ancient radiation left over from the creation of the universe. The measurements support the big-bang theory and helped explain why galaxies cluster together in space.
Kurdish Rebels Stir Up Iraq-Turkey Trouble
The U.S. has vowed to crack down on Kurdish rebels in Iraq who have been fighting a 20-year guerrilla war against neighboring Turkey. In recent months, the PKK has intensified its attacks against Turkish security forces and tourist resorts.
My New Way of Life
Leroy Sievers' new round of chemotherapy is catching up with him this month. For the first time, he finds he has to adjust his work schedule, because he's too exhausted to work more than a few hours at a time. And it's hard even to remember what life used to be like, before cancer.
Union Notifies Goodyear of Strike Intention
Goodyear Tire may be facing a strike by the United Steelworkers. The union notified the company that it was terminating its contract as of Thursday. They've been working under a temporary contract since July.
Labor Board to Answer 'Who Is a Supervisor?'
The National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue a decision Tuesday that could have a big impact in American workplaces. At stake: Who is a supervisor? Labor activists are prepared for a definition that could strip workers of legal protections, including the right to join a union.
Big Advances Win Publicity for Books, Authors
Charles Frazier, the author of the blockbuster book Cold Mountain, earned an astronomical $8.25 million advance on his second novel. Thirteen Moons hits bookstores on Oct. 3, during a crowded fall season.
Google Buys Its First Home
Internet search leader Google Inc. has added a landmark to its empire. The company has purchased the Silicon Valley home where co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage eight years ago as they set out to change the world.