Olga Franco jury selection to resume today Jury selection continues today in the trial of Olga Franco, who is accused of crashing a van into a school bus and killing four children in Cottonwood. Six jurors were sworn in during the first day of the trial.7:20 a.m.
Bush Foundation to shift priorities The second largest private foundation in Minnesota is changing its philanthropic focus. The Bush Foundation, which gives away around $40 million a year, is shifting its priorities.8:23 a.m.
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Karadzic's Followers Protest His Extradition
Since the capture of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, his supporters have staged large protests against his extradition to The Hague, where he will be tried for war crimes. Dejan Anastasijevic, a journalist with the Serbian magazine Vreme, talks about the expected extradition.
Pakistan's New Prime Minister Visits U.S.
The new prime minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, began a three-day visit to Washington by meeting Monday with President Bush at the White House. Rashed Rahman, editor of The Post newspaper in Lahore, talks about the impact Gilani will have on Pakistan's politics, and its relationship with the United States.
Energy Conservation: Starting At Home
When Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley challenged the state's 5.6 million residents to reduce their home electricity consumption by 15 percent, NPR's Richard Harris looked at ways his household could better conserve.
Power-Sharing Talks Dissolve In Zimbabwe
Power-sharing talks to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe have broken off. According to reports, the deadlock is over Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's insistence that he remain president and that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai accept one of three vice presidential posts in his government.
Olympians Prepare For Beijing's Bad Air
Pollution remains a major problem in Beijing, despite citywide efforts to reduce it in time for the Aug. 8 start of the Olympic Games. Coaches and athletes worry about how the poor air quality will affect health and performance.
Will Beijing's Efforts Clear Air For Olympics?
China is considering further measures to reduce pollution in Beijing, with less than two weeks to go before the start of the Olympic Games. Even after authorities took half the cars off the street, the city is still shrouded in smog.
Congress Weighs Ban Of Chemical Used In Plastics
Lawmakers on Monday moved toward banning phthalates, a type of chemical used as plastic softeners and found in all kinds of children's toys. The move is part of a broader bill that overhauls the nation's product safety laws in the wake of last year's wave of toy recalls.
Estimated Federal Deficit For 2009: $482 Billion
The Bush administration will leave the next president a record federal budget deficit, according to White House projections. The new estimate for the 2009 deficit is $482 billion — and it's likely to end up even higher. The estimate is larger than the Bush administration projected in February.
Paulson Pushes 'Covered Bonds' In Housing Fix
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has a new idea for easing problems in the mortgage finance markets. He wants U.S. banks to emulate European banks by issuing something called "covered bonds." But getting investors on board is easier said than done.