Minneapolis Lures Buyers for Foreclosed Homes
Faced with a wave of foreclosed properties, Minneapolis moves to create incentives for people to buy and live in the houses in a largely poor area of the city. But the city faces competition from private investors, whom it fears will buy up houses to rent cheaply.
Where a Hospital Has No Doctors
The South African Constitution promises access to health care services. Nevertheless, many South Africans do not receive adequate care — or any care at all. Patients in the town of Warrenton find their hospital staffed with doctors only 14 days each month.
Living on 'One Tough Block'
Celedonia "Cal" Jones grew up in Harlem during the 1930s. When he was 9 years old, his family moved to a new neighborhood. Being the new kid on the block wasn't easy.
'The End of Guantanamo as We Know It'
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to seek their release in federal court. The 5-4 decision was a stinging rebuke to President Bush's anti-terrorism policies, and reaction from law experts and Bush allies was swift.
Bill Boosts Resources for Oil-Futures Monitoring
New legislation proposes giving the commission that monitors the sale of oil futures more money, more manpower and more detailed information. With oil still trading well above $130, some lawmakers think the high prices aren't just about high demand; they think speculators are to blame.
The Most Important Microbe You've Never Heard Of
The oxygen in one out of every five breaths you take comes from a bacterium called Prochlorococcus. But this tiny microbe — one of the most abundant organisms on Earth — was discovered only 20 years ago.
Floods Make Half of Iowa's Counties Disaster Areas
Nearly 4,000 homes have been evacuated in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as residents there brace for flooding following more rain. More than half of the state's 99 counties have been declared disaster areas, and nine rivers are at or near historic flood levels.
Obama's VP Search: Avoiding Party's Past Mistakes
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is searching for a prospective vice president. Selecting and vetting a running mate has proven difficult for Democratic candidates in the past. A look at the list of possible candidates and how Obama may make his decision.
McCain's VP Search: Age Makes Pick More Significant
Republican John McCain has had more time than his rival to think about potential running mates, since he clinched the GOP nomination three months ago. Because he'll be 72 on Election Day, his choice of an understudy carries some extra weight.