Robot divers to report on Lake Superior's depths With its frigid, often ice-choked water and legendary storms, Lake Superior can be a dangerous place for scientists to conduct research. But with two mechanical divers, researchers aim to tap the wealth of information deep inside the big, cold lake.7:25 a.m.
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Older, Tougher — But Will The Tea Party Be Stronger?
Polls showed public support for the movement falling off significantly. But the Tea Party remains a force in many states. Its favored candidate for the U.S. Senate won big in Texas last week, sending the strongest signal yet that the movement will be a factor this fall.
Will Tea Party Star Marco Rubio Get GOP VP Nod?
Among the Tea Party successes in the 2010 congressional elections was U.S. Sen. Mark Rubio of Florida. The Cuban-American is a plus for Republicans, a party that polls show has been losing ground with Hispanics.
Race An Issue That Simmers In Florida Battleground
The economy is the central issue in this fall's campaign. But when you talk with people in Hillsborough County, a key swing area that includes Tampa, they link the economy to other issues, including race. In the diverse county, residents see race affecting them in different ways.
British Bank Accused Of Hiding Iranian Transactions
Standard Chartered Bank's New York office is accused of laundering up to $250 billion in Iranian funds over the past decade. The bank isn't well known in the U.S. but it does a huge amount of business in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
U.S. Women's Soccer Team To Play For Gold Medal
The U.S. women's soccer team beat Canada in dramatic fashion Monday at the London Summer Olympics. Next, they seek revenge against Japan after a heartbreaking loss at last year's World Cup. The finals are Thursday in London.
Roosevelt's Badlands Ranch Faces Potential Threat
Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch is often called the Walden Pond of the West. But the ranch and its pristine land are feeling the pressure of North Dakota's oil boom. Critics say that proposed changes could destroy the solitude that made a lasting impression on Roosevelt.
Bernanke Acknowledges Americans Aren't Happy
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a conference of economists on Monday that despite data pointing to an economic recovery, many people still feel stressed. He said the economic well-being of Americans is the Fed's ultimate objective — that is, the sense that things are going well.
Best Buy's Founder Bids To Take Over Retailer
Best Buy founder and former CEO Richard Schulze is trying to put together a leveraged buyout to take the company private again. Some analysts are skeptical about his ability to raise enough money to do the deal.
How Internet Browser Roles Are Changing
Microsoft and Google are battling it out to be the most popular Internet browser. Renee Montagne talks to Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about the current browser war.
Gibson Guitar Settles Case Over Imported Wood
The company was accused of illegally importing ebony and rosewood. It turned the case into a high-profile debate about government regulation. But now it has settled and agreed to pay penalties.