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.
Nigella: Inspired By A Coke, And Pasta In A Pinch
Lawson urges home chefs to follow their instincts and get a sense of their own palate by experimenting with recipes. She took a chance and evolved her mother's ham and hard cider into ham and Cherry Coke.
Toyota Takes Aim At U.S. Sales Slump With Prius
Toyota's U.S. sales fell by more than 30 percent in June, and for the third month in a row Ford sold more vehicles than Toyota. To deal with the challenges, Toyota has selected a new president. Akio Toyoda, the grandson of the automaker's founder, is just 53.
'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.