Builders prepare for stricter rules on lead paint Even though lead paint has been banned since 1978, it's still a problem -- especially in older homes. Starting next spring, Minnesota builders and remodelers will have to comply with new federal guidelines for preventing lead contamination.7:20 a.m.
Unexploded Bomb May Shatter N. Ireland Peace
In Northern Ireland, a 400-pound car bomb failed to detonate over the weekend. It was placed outside police headquarters in Belfast, and that has residents wondering if dissident factions of the IRA are intent on stepping up violence.
Furor Over Israeli Soldiers' Support For Settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has denounced the actions of some Israeli soldiers who support Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Some Israelis say the soldiers are heros. Palestinians demand Israel freeze all settlement activity as a condition for restarting peace talks. The international community views the settlements as illegal.
Students Find Danger Lurks To And From School
There are neighborhoods in America, where to be young is to be afraid. For many, the most dangerous part of their day is the journey to and from school. In some areas, the risks of gang fights, drive-by shootings and random violence are the price of an education. Youth Radio brings us the voices of teenagers who attend schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chicago Teens Encourage Nonviolent Actions
The brutal killing of a Chicago teenager in September brought U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the city to speak out about youth violence. Now that the Cabinet members are back in Washington, what is happening in the effort to stop youth violence? Some Chicago teenagers are taking on the issue themselves.
Cities Use Cash To Encourage Carpooling
Washington D.C. has launched a pilot program to reduce road congestion and pollution: It is paying commuters $2 a day to carpool. It's based on programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles and other cities. The assumption is that after a few months of being paid, people will evolve into full-time carpoolers without a cash incentive.
Genetic Testing Reveals Devastating Illness
Journalist Charles Sabine watched his father die from the degenerative illness Huntington's disease. After watching his brother struggle with the disease for years, Sabine decided to be tested. "Nothing that I've experienced compares with that test in terms of the terror that it inflicted on me," he says. Sabine says his young daughter does not have the Huntington's gene.
When Your Boss Wants Your DNA
The University of Akron said it could ask new workers for a DNA sample to run background checks. But an anti-discrimination law that went into full effect Nov. 21 prevents employers from requiring workers to share genetic information.
Certain Digital Readers In Short Supply
Barnes & Noble says shoppers who have pre-ordered its new digital reader may not receive it until January. Sony says one of its new e-readers also is in short supply. Analysts say the companies underestimated the demand. Amazon is in a good position. The online retailer had shortages of its reader last year, but this year it says it has plenty in stock.
Charity Tries Texting To Make Up For Donations
Like many charities, donations are significantly down to the United Way in Charlotte, North Carolina. In June, it announced cuts to nearly every member agency. The problems have continued. Now the United Way is trying a new way to raise money: texting.
Small Business Stays 'Attached' To Laid-Off Workers
A Charlotte, N.C., construction firm is among an increasing number of small companies trying a strategy that makes the firing process a bit gentler. It's called "attached unemployment," a kind of temporary layoff aimed at softening the blow of job cuts.