Sen. Tim Johnson: It's been a long road home U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson told well-wishers in Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon that it's been a long journey home, one that's taken longer than he wanted. It's his first public appearance since he suffered a brain hemorrhage in December.7:20 a.m.
Much Long-Term Katrina Recovery Aid Unspent
In the two years since Hurricane Katrina, the federal government has provided more than $114 billion in aid. About two-thirds went for immediate relief, but much of the money devoted to long-term rebuilding remains unspent.
Bloomberg: Give Poor Cash for Good Behavior
The New York mayor says conventional approaches to fighting poverty haven't worked, so why not try something new? In a pilot program, he's offering rewards for working full time, attending school or going to the doctor.
More Americans Lack Health Insurance
The number of Americans without health insurance grew to an all time high of 47 million last year, an increase of more than 2 million from a year before. The number of children without health insurance coverage also rose. The Census Bureau figures are likely to raise the stakes in the political debate about health care.
Utah Mine Rescuers Hit Setback
Families of the six coal miners trapped more than three weeks ago when the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah collapsed wait as officials drill a seventh exploratory hole into the mine. They plan to lower a robotic camera into a kitchen area where the miners could have taken cover.
Brazil River Dispute Highlights Larger Issue
President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva says hydro-electric energy is must-have for the development of South America's biggest economy. But environmental and indigenous groups increasingly oppose massive engineering projects.
Sen. Obama Seeks Fine for Unscrupulous Lenders
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wrote in an editorial in the Financial Times that unscrupulous mortgage lenders are to blame for the current credit crisis. Obama wants to fine lenders who sell mortgages to borrowers who can't afford them.
Tight Credit Squeezes Jumbo Mortgage Market
Troubles in the mortgage market are moving upscale, to the "jumbo" home loan market. Jumbo mortgages cover amounts larger than $417,000, the maximum that can be guaranteed by the government-backed agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
U.S. Workers Gain Leisure Time, Study Says
Despite its label of the "no vacation-nation," leisure time in the United States has actually increased in the last 40 years, according to a new study. Men work less in the market than they used to. And women have gained leisure time, thanks to declines in work they do in the home.
U.N.: 48-Hour Work Week Common Except in U.S.
A U.N. report on working time around the world shows that Americans work short hours compared to other countries. Only 18 percent or Americans work more than 48 hours per week. As a comparison, in England, a greater percentage of people work 48 hours or more.