Pawlenty receives warm welcome from Manchester GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty addressed the Manchester Republican Committee's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Thursday night in New Hampshire, sounding most of the same themes he hit during a trip to the "granite state" late last year.6:20 a.m.
Four day school week not a budget panacea Kids, teachers and parents in another Minnesota community are preparing to adjust their routines a bit. Next fall, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school district plans to hold classes only four days a week. Many other districts are considering it -- especially in rural areas.7:25 a.m.
Population of bees declining sharply It was not a good winter for honey bees. Scientists have noted a sharp drop in the number of honey bees in the Unites States for the last four years.8:45 a.m.
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In Iowa, Obama Recalls Health Care Promise
As a candidate in 2007, Barack Obama outlined his plan to overhaul the nation's health care system in a speech in Iowa City. He promised to sign a comprehensive bill into law in his first term. President Obama returned to Iowa City on Thursday to celebrate the health care law he signed this week.
Health Law Divides Anti-Abortion Allies In Congress
One of Washington's most enduring partnerships appears headed for a nasty breakup. Republicans and Democrats who oppose abortion have found themselves on opposite sides of the health care overhaul. And the war of words has gotten increasingly ugly.
A Tent-City Economy Grows In Haiti
A nine-hole golf course in Port-au-Prince is now home to 50,000 people — and an economy that includes a makeshift movie theater and a lot of beauty salons.
Hockey's Stanley Cup Travels To Afghanistan
The Stanley Cup traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of a goodwill tour organized by the Canadian government. NHL greats mixed with troops from Canada and the U.S. on a cement hockey rink, to re-create this year's dramatic Olympic men's gold medal final.
Debt Forgiveness Key In Plan To Curb Foreclosures
The Obama administration is expanding help for homeowners facing foreclosure — especially those who are "underwater," or owe more than their homes are worth — with a new initiative being unveiled Friday. Some economists hope it will be a breakthrough in propping up the housing market — a key to fixing the economy.
Can Education Dept. Handle Student Loans Solo?
Starting July 1, banks and private lenders will be out of the federal student loan picture, and students will get their loans directly from the Department of Education. The direct-lending program already accounts for almost half of all federal student loans, but that number will more than double in the next three months.
Jesus, Reconsidered: Book Sparks Evangelical Debate
Brian McLaren, an influential evangelical leader, suggests in a new book that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. Traditional evangelicals fiercely object to his ideas. But McLaren is tapping into a generational divide between young evangelicals and their parents.
Major Banks Named In Antitrust Case
More than a dozen major banks — including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America — are named in an antitrust case filed with the Justice Department. Bloomberg News reports that the documents describe a conspiracy by the banks to pay unfairly low interest rates to state and local governments on their investments.
With Volt, GM Courts Jilted Fans Of The EV1
When the Chevy Volt launches in California this year, GM hopes its buyers will include people who leased its first all-electric car in the mid-1990s. That may happen — if those people have gotten over the disappointment of seeing GM kill the EV1.
Md. Firm Offers Plug-In Points For Electric Cars
A Maryland entrepreneur is setting up places where city dwellers can plug in their electric cars. Mahi Reddy's company, Sema Connect, wants to sell hookups to hotels, apartment complexes, office buildings and other businesses.