Weather technology doesn't impress The last few rounds of summer storms didn't just give regional news outlets a chance to show off their latest weather technology. Essayist Peter Smith says it gave him a chance to remember where we come from.7:45 a.m.
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Supreme Court Extends Gun Rights Nationwide
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the right to bear arms applies to cities and states. The ruling casts doubt on Chicago's 30-year hand gun ban and is a victory for guns rights advocates.
Chicago Residents Disappointed With Gun Ruling
The Supreme Court's ruling that gun rights apply to local laws was closely watched in Chicago. The justices based their decisions on two Chicago-area laws. The ruling almost certainly means the end of Chicago's decades-old handgun ban.
'Alex' Could Slow BP's Plan To Capture More Oil
BP could be within a few weeks of stopping the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The company plans to install new equipment at the well, which could either capture the oil or shut the well down. And the permanent solution -- plugging the well with cement -- also is running ahead of schedule. But Tropical Storm Alex could force significant delays.
Auction Aims To Awaken Luxury Home Market
At Baltimore's Inner Harbor, 18 luxury townhomes were sold at auction Monday night. It wasn't a foreclosure sale or a sell-off to appease creditors. The goal of the auction was to reset prices in the luxury real estate market. Bids started at $329,000 for townhomes that were listed for more than $1 million just two months ago.
Saad Mohseni Is Afghanistan's First Media Mogul
When Saad Mohseni returned to Afghanistan from exile, he bought radio and television networks. His programs attract millions. New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta tells Renee Montagne that in Afghanistan, the old media are still new.
Google To End Rerouting Of China Site
Google shut down its mainland China search engine three months ago -- saying it did not want to continue complying with Beijing's censorship rules. It began redirecting web surfers to its uncensored site in Hong Kong. But today Google says it won't do that anymore. Writing on a company blog, Google's chief legal officer said Beijing threatened not to renew its operating license.
Mortgage Industry Monitors Financial Overhaul Bill
The death of Sen. Byrd may mean a delay in passing the financial overhaul bill before Congress. The White House has been pushing for a signing ceremony by July 4th. But even if the date slips, most investors expect the bill to become law. Karen Petrou, of Federal Financial Analytics, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about how the measure affects mortgage lending.
Tea Party Bookshop To Change Its Name
In Salem, Ore., the Tea Party Bookshop, has been extra busy. Followers of the Tea Party political movement discovered the store, and have been calling for literature associated with their cause. As of July 1, the bookstore will be called Tigress Books, a name inspired by the blessing of a Tibetan Buddhist monk.