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Republican Machine Works to Turn Out Iowa Vote
Getting Republican voters to the polls is one tactic the GOP is using to try to turn the political tide that's running against the party. In Iowa, as in other states, the Republicans are targeting voters that the party thinks would vote for their candidates. The Democrats are doing the same thing, but with less discipline.
Montana Town Suffers from Asbestos Contamination
The town of Libby, Mont., was rocked seven years ago by news that hundreds of its residents had died or been sickened by exposure to asbestos. The asbestos was a byproduct of a mine operated by W.R. Grace and Company. The company and seven former executives have been charged with concealing the health risks associated with the mine. Their trials have been delayed, but cleanup continues.
Letters: Troop Deployment and Corrections
Many people responded with thanks for our visit with soldiers deploying from Texas to Iraq. Also, we offer corrections on stories about shingles, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and poet Carl Sandburg.
Man Questioned About Deadly California Wildfire
Authorities in Riverside County, Calif., are holding a "person of interest" in connection with a wildfire last week that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The man was arrested Wednesday on charges stemming from two earlier wildfires.
Kids Learn to 'Red Light' Bad Food
On a non-stop circuit of birthday parties, sports events, holidays, and grandma's special treats, kids often find themselves bombarded with unhealthy food. A weight-control program in Stanford, Calif., has come up with a "traffic-light" system to help kids make better choices about what to eat and when.
Can a Baby Be Too Fat?
Putting on pounds quickly is normal for a baby, but putting on too many pounds too quickly is not. And it can take an expert's eye to know the difference.
Homeowners Refinance to Generate Cash
A new Freddie Mac study shows an increasing number of homeowners have refinanced their mortgages to take equity out for cash. In the third quarter of this year, nearly nine out of 10 loans that were refinanced resulted in an amount at least five percent higher than the original mortgage balances.
CVS Plans Merger with Drug-Plan Manager
One of the nation's biggest drugstore chains is merging with a big manager of drug-benefit plans. If completed, the combination of CVS and Caremark would control more than a billion prescriptions every year.
Shopping in New Orleans, Virtually
A one-stop-shopping New Orleans Web site has opened for business. SHOPNOLA.ORG provides links to the Big Easy's retailers in the hope that online shoppers will help the city get back on its feet.