Last year's Pagami Creek blaze part of trend of worsening fires A year ago, the Pagami Creek fire roared across the Boundary Waters, engulfing 90,000 acres of forest in a single day. Signs of the devastation are still present. But the potential for another such fire isn't remote. That blaze was part of a nationwide pattern of bigger, more extreme wildfires,8:40 a.m.
Bill Clinton Stumps For Obama In Miami
After giving a speech that many consider one of the highlights of last week's Democratic convention, former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail Tuesday for President Obama, appearing at a university in Miami.
4 Years After Bankruptcy, How Is Lehman Faring?
Four years ago this week, the Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. The sudden collapse sent shock waves around the world and brought on the worst of the financial crisis. But for Lehman Brothers, the story doesn't end there.
U.S. Grows An Industrial Complex Along The Border
In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay.
As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad
Unions in Wisconsin challenged Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union policies and lost, while teachers successfully challenged similar laws in Ohio. But many of these policies are supported by President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other Democrats. And the American Federation of Teachers has been walking a fine line between advocating for reform and protecting traditional union positions.
Arctic Ice At Lowest Level In Decades
Ice covering the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest levels in decades, or quite possibly centuries. The new low has smashed the previous record, set in 2007. Scientists blame a long-term warming trend in the Arctic, and say that the change could alter weather patterns throughout North America and Europe.
Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Modern Woman
The Daily Beast and Newsweek editor explores the changing role of women with recommendations that cover a groundbreaking gender discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek, a stay-at-home wife's rise through the professional ranks and the meaning behind a mother's profile picture.
IRS Awards $104 Million To Whistle-Blower
The IRS has awarded a former banker $104 million for telling the U.S. government how Swiss banking giant UBS helped rich Americans evade taxes. The award given to Bradley Birkenfeld is believed to be the largest ever for an individual whistle-blower.
German Court Rules In Favor Of EU Bailout Fund
Germany's high court on Wednesday rejected calls to block Europe's permanent bailout fund. The Netherlands is also having elections, and unhappiness over the bailout is likely to be a factor in the results. Also, the European Commission released its plan for a banking union. It's quite a big undertaking to try to bring all of Europe's financial institutions under a single regulatory umbrella.
Velvet Underground Loses Banana Copyright Claim
Forty-five years ago, artist Andy Warhol created an album cover for The Velvet Underground, featuring a stylized black and yellow banana. Earlier this year, band members sued, claiming the Andy Warhol foundation had unlawfully licensed the banana for use on iPhone and iPad accessories. A U.S. District Court dismissed part of the band's claim over copyright infringement.