Ford workers make tough decisions Monday night was the deadline for 1,700 St. Paul Ford workers to choose whether to stay on until the plant closes in 2008 or accept one of as many as eight buyout options. Two workers made different decisions, and have very different feelings about leaving Ford Motor Co.7:25 a.m.
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Could Tiger Farms Save a Species?
Poachers who sell tiger parts to make Asian medicines are wiping out the big cats. One group in India thinks salvation may come from tiger farms that could make the black market unprofitable. But other conservationists say legalizing the tiger trade would just increase market demand.
Behind Guaraldi's Timeless Holiday Soundtrack
On Tuesday night, a tradition continues: ABC airs the animated special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Its jazzy Vince Guaraldi soundtrack is a holiday staple, too, but it wasn't embraced by all who first heard it.
Tobacco Barns: Stately Relics of a Bygone Era
The tobacco crop is quickly disappearing from the farm fields of Kentucky. But tobacco barns, in various states of repair, stand proudly on the landscape as icons of family farming.
U.S. Pushes NATO for More Help in Afghanistan
Afghanistan tops the agenda as the NATO summit opens in Riga, Latvia. President Bush is expected to push European allies for more soldiers and increased spending. In particular, Germany has been under intense international pressure to expand operations in Afghanistan.
Pope Benedict Begins Sensitive Visit to Turkey
Amid massive security, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Turkey for a four-day visit aimed at mending religious fences with Orthodox Christians and the nation's majority Muslims. The pope was met at the airport by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Erdogan left Turkey to attend the NATO summit in Latvia.
Sudanese Leader Rejects Genocide Claim
Sudan's president has denied that genocide is occurring in Darfur. President Omar al-Bashir accused the media of getting the story wrong during a rare video conference Monday with reporters from around the world. He also made it clear that he will seek to limit any United Nations role in Darfur.
'Carbon Offset' Business Takes Root
The promise of the growing "carbon-offset" business is a carbon-neutral imprint for individuals through investment in green technologies, or even trees. But does buying a carbon offset for your gas-guzzler really make it carbon neutral?
Moscow Chokes on Growing Traffic Problems
There used to be a limited number of cars in the former Soviet Union. But now that Moscow is reaping windfall profits from high oil prices, the Russian capital is now overwhelmed with traffic. And conditions are only expected to get deteriorate.
Economic Numbers Drive Stocks Down
The stock market was off sharply on Monday. Investors reacted to a variety of numbers, including a report on weak November sales at Wal-Mart, a rise in oil prices and a weakening dollar.