The Unnatural Selection Of College Football
The system for deciding the national college football championship makes little sense. No fair or rational system can choose just two teams to play for the title, Frank Deford says.
Europe Deals with Growing Cocaine Trade
Cocaine is becoming a bigger problem in Spain and elsewhere in Europe because of its increasing availability. It's leading to a rise in police crackdowns and centers that treat addiction to the drug.
Fabled Santa Ana Winds Fuel Wildfires in California
The Santa Ana winds driving California's wildfires are fabled. Some call them the Santa Anas and others call them the devil's breath. While they make the winters warm and pleasant by blowing the worst air pollution out to sea, they can also spawn massive infernos.
Senate Committee Debates Farm Bill
A Senate committee takes up the farm bill. They are finding it difficult to rein in the automatic payments that go to commodity crop farmers. Critics say the bill continues to the benefit of a small number of big farms.
Dems Test Bush's Pledge to Veto Budget-Busters
Congressional Democrats are putting President Bush to the test on his pledge to veto spending bills costing more than what he requested. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a health and education funding bill that exceeds the president's budget by almost $9 billion.
Countrywide to Adjust Loans for At-Risk Borrowers
Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, will begin calling borrowers to offer refinancing or modifications on $16 billion in loans whose interest rates are set to adjust by the end of 2008.
In Dallas, a Hip-Hop Plea: Pull Your Pants Up
A Dallas official says saggy pants have sunk to a new low in the city. He briefly considered an ordinance banning low-slung pants, but instead launched a hip-hop campaign with a simple message: Pull Your Pants Up.
Merrill Lynch Outlook Grim from Credit Crisis
Merrill Lynch & Co., the investment brokerage and financial services firm, is expected to announce an added loss of more than $2 billion. That's on top of $5 billion of write-downs announced earlier this month. It's the biggest loss for any Wall Street firm.
California Wildfires Fuel, Choke Work
California's wildfires are keeping firefighters, public safety officers, and rescue workers busier than ever. But businesses are telling workers to stay home in order to keep freeways clear and allow emergency vehicles and people needing to evacuate to move around freely.