Budget cuts hurt probation efforts Many cash-strapped local governments are being forced to divert funds from their probation departments because of budget problems. Some counties are trying to save money by cutting probation officer positions or leaving them unfilled.6:20 a.m.
U.S. Embassy Temporarily Closed In Yemen
President Obama arrives back in Washington Monday after 11 days in Hawaii on what became very much a working vacation. His holiday was interrupted by the attempted bombing of a plane heading to Detroit on Christmas Day. Since then, Obama has addressed the nation several times. On Sunday, the administration announced it was closing the U.S. Embassy in Yemen temporarily due to threats from al-Qaida.
Iranian Agents Track Dissidents Who Fled To Turkey
Many of Iran's political dissidents have fled to Turkey, since the disputed presidential election in June and subsequent government crackdown. While many bloggers say they can continue reporting on Iran's anti-government protests from Turkey, they say Iranian intelligence agents cross the border, and harass them even in exile.
Groups Complain To FTC About Facebook Changes
Privacy groups are trying to get the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at Facebook. They've filed a letter with the FTC complaining about the giant social networking site's new privacy controls. Facebook says the new controls give people more power over their privacy. Critics complain the controls are purposefully complicated, and are designed to "push" users to share more information than they used to.
To One Of The Lucky Ones, The New Year Means More
Essayist Ben Mattlin was born with a neurological condition called spinal muscular atrophy. Most infants born with the condition don't live more than two years. At 47, Mattlin says each new year is not only a time of looking ahead but also a time of saluting his past.
Preventing Diabetes: Small Changes Have Big Payoff
Tim and Paul Daly are identical twins. They shared almost everything in childhood, including the genes that predisposed them to diabetes. But, because of small differences in exercise and weight, one brother developed diabetes and the other did not.
Record Low Temperatures Drive Up Energy Prices
Natural gas and home heating oil prices are rising. Crude oil has started trading above $80 a barrel. All of that likely will translate into higher energy bills. The rising prices also suggest the global economy is recovering, and regaining its appetite for fuel.
Capitalism Overload And 'The Value Of Nothing'
Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, would like people to think more about the cost of items they buy — not just the price set by the market but the environmental and social costs, too. He says market prices let people avoid paying the true costs of things.
'Best Job' Winner Stung By Dangerous Jellyfish
Six months ago Ben Southall nabbed the "Best Job in the World." The British man won a contest and was paid to spend six months snorkeling, swimming and exploring around the Great Barrier Reef. He then had to blog about his adventures. Just days before the job ended, he was stung by a potentially deadly jellyfish. Fortunately, he made it to a doctor in time and survived to blog another day.
Administration Faces Counterterrorism Questions
President Obama begins the year facing some of the same issues as a year ago. There's the economy, health care and among others: terrorism. How much trouble does the administration face over the attempted bombing of an airplane over Christmas day? Republicans have criticized the administration's handling of the attempted bombing.