Previewing Al Franken's swearing-in to the Senate Democratic Senator-elect Al Franken is scheduled to be sworn-in to the Senate today. It comes about eight months after the November 2008 election. Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes, following a recount and court action.7:20 a.m.
'Shadow' Inventory May Slow Housing Recovery
Despite recent signs that the housing market is looking up, some experts say the 3.5 million houses up for sale now could be just the tip of the iceberg. An untold number of homeowners are hesitant to list or are near foreclosure.
More Than 150 Dead Amid Rioting In Western China
Tensions are running high in the western Chinese city of Urumqi, where more than 150 people have been killed in some of the region's worst ethnic violence in decades. Protesters armed with clubs defied police and marched through the streets.
Chinese Leaders Study American-Style Democracy
Each year, the Chinese city of Dalian flies government officials to Los Angeles to learn about American-style democracy. The teacher is Joaquin Lim, a former mayor of a suburb east of Los Angeles.
Can Expanding Food Stamps Jolt The Economy?
Some economists say the additional $20 billion allocated to the federal food stamp program is a smart way to boost spending in a recession — especially with 4.8 million new people getting aid. But critics say a real economic kick-start will take a lot more money.
New Funding Rules Issued On Stem Cell Research
The National Institutes of Health says it deems stem cell lines eligible for government research dollars if scientists can prove they meet the spirit of the new ethics standards. An NIH registry will list all that qualify. The rules settle the question of whether new ethics requirements would disqualify many of the stem cells created over the past decade.
Self-Imposed Health Care Deadline Looms
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are returning to work on efforts to craft a bill to overhaul the nation's health care system. House and Senate leaders have pledged to get health bills passed by both chambers before members leave for their annual summer break next month. However, sometimes Congress acts at its own pace.
What Does 'Public Plan' Mean In Health Debate?
One phrase in the health care debate is generating more buzz than any other: public plan. It's being hailed by supporters as the savior of the system, and by detractors as the first step toward socialized medicine. But what does it really mean?
Justice Department Says Reverse Payments Illegal
Justice Department officials have been looking into a case in which Bayer paid another drugmaker to delay selling a generic version of Bayer's popular antibiotic Cipro. The payment was challenged by drug store chains like CVS and Rite Aid. The Federal Trade Commission says payments that delay the introduction of cheaper generics force consumers to fork out billions more a year for prescription drugs. Lawmakers are weighing legislation that would ban the payments.
Chicago Cubs Close To Being Sold
The long-pending sale of the Chicago Cubs appears close to being finalized. Media reports say the Tribune Co. has reached a written agreement to sell the popular but hard-luck baseball team for close to $900 million.