Can a new wasp help protect soybeans? The soybean aphid is big trouble in a little package. The insect has been munching away profits in bean fields for seven years, but this year, there's a new enemy in the fields. The Asian wasp has been released in seven states as a biological control for the aphid population. Researchers have worked for the last six years preparing for the release.7:25 a.m.
Rep. Dennis Hastert to Bow Out
For eight years, Dennis Hastert was Speaker of the House — the longest-serving Republican ever in that post. He lost the position this past January, when Democrats took control of Congress. Hastert plans to announce he will not run for re-election next year.
Pakistan's Celebration Prompts Soul-Searching
Pakistan, a key U.S. ally, is marking the 60th anniversary of its creation. The celebrations have come in the midst of a political crisis in that country that could bring down President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
New Orleans Nursing Home Owners on Trial
The owners of St. Rita's nursing home near New Orleans are on trial for negligent homicide in the deaths of 35 elderly residents left to drown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina two years ago. But defense lawyers plan to put the botched federal response to Katrina on trial.
Climate Change Threatens European Landmarks
Many of the continent's architectural gems have been around for centuries. But experts warn that some could be severely damaged by pollution, flooding and changing humidity levels.
Jazz Legend Max Roach Dies at 83
Legendary jazz drummer Max Roach died this week. He was 83. He got his first break filling in when Duke Ellington's drummer fell ill in 1940. He went on to become one of jazz's most important innovators, creating beats that would take the genre from swing to bebop to the avant-garde.
Dell to Restate Years' Worth of Financial Results
Computer maker Dell will have to restate more than four years of financial results. An investigation found that accounting tricks were used to meet performance targets. The restatement will cut reported profit by as much as $150 million.
Whole Foods Closer to Acquiring Wild Oats
Whole Foods Market's effort to acquire rival organic food retailer Wild Oats Markets is closer to completion. But the Federal Trade Commission, which wants to block the transaction on antitrust grounds, could appeal a ruling that gave a green light to the $565 million deal.
Tips on Surviving a Troubled Mortgage Market
Even credit-worthy borrowers are likely to feel the effects of the troubled mortgage market. Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, says that many borrowers will have the best luck if they use local institutions, ones they have a relationship with already, for loans.