FDA works to speed up 'orphan drug' process This week the the Food and Drug Administration was in Minneapolis to help companies, researchers and even patients cut through the bureaucratic process to get drugs for rare diseases approved more quickly.8:24 a.m.
2 Minn. women among 14 charged in terror probe New indictments unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department Thursday include charges of two Rochester women with raising money for the Jihadist group, al-Shabaab. Those charges surprised many in the Rochester Somali community.8:46 a.m.
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Consultant: Federal Aid Program Failing Homeowners
A consultant says she was fired from Fannie Mae after she revealed the troubled financial institution was hindering -- not helping -- homeowners in trouble. She says Fannie Mae put its own agenda ahead of an Obama administration initiative to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Monopoly Game: Rules Made To Be Broken?
The board game can teach players about economics, but maybe not in the way you'd think. The game is steeped in the industrial economy of the early 20th century. Now, the relevant economics lessons in Monopoly come from the side deals.
As The Drug War Rages On, Will Mexico Surrender?
The drug war has dominated President Felipe Calderon's term in office, but despite his declarations to the contrary, there are few signs that he's winning. In Mexico's Congress, there have been calls for the government to give up the drug war entirely and legalize all narcotics.
Moscow Engulfed By Wildfires' Thick Smoke
Russians have been dealing with drought and hot weather that have led to more air pollution and forest fires. Crops are failing, causing the government to cut off wheat exports. There is growing public anger at what is being seen as government incompetence in dealing with the weather crisis.
Genetically Modified Canola 'Escapes' Farm Fields
Altered versions of the crop used in cooking oil have sprouted up far beyond the fields in which they were planted. Though the herbicide-resistant variety appears to pose no threat, scientists can use the canola crop to study how other genetically modified crops spread in the wild.
Wyoming Considers Grand Teton Sale To Spur Feds
The governor is threatening to sell off two parcels of state-owned land in Grand Teton National Park to private developers. The state wants the federal government to come up with a fair trade. The land is worth more than $100 million, but the state is hardly earning any income from leasing the land.
'Wildest Dream' Retraces Mallory's Everest Climb
British mountaineer George Mallory wanted to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest, but his 1924 expedition instead ended in his tragic death. Mallory's body was found 75 years later. The movie The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,retraces Mallory's expedition.
Museum Of Bad Art: A Home For Forlorn Paintings
As curator of the Museum of Bad Art outside Boston, Michael Frank stays on the lookout for atrocious acrylics and inferior oils. He frequents garage sales and thrift stores -- and drives extra slowly on trash night.
Key Obama Economic Aide Resigning
Christina Romer, one of President Obama's most pivotal economic advisers, is resigning. Romer has been head of the Council of Economic Advisers. She'll return to her job as professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mortgage Rates Should Remain Low For Some Time
Mortgage rates fell to another record low this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.49 percent, the lowest in records that date to 1971. But steady declines in interest rates aren't helping the housing market much.