Justice Department Grapples with Blackwater Case
From the moment the Blackwater shooting scandal broke, legal experts have debated whether U.S. civilian contractors can stand trial for crimes that they are alleged to have committed in Iraq. Now the Justice Department is examining U.S. laws and how they might apply to the incident.
Israelis, Palestinians Doubt Peace Talks
This week's Middle East Peace Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, doesn't seem to have changed perceptions among the Israelis or Palestinians. Both sides remain divided over whether the conference will lead to anything.
Illinois School Looks to Tech Tools to Teach
The University of Illinois hopes its new "global campus," set to launch early 2008, will reach more than 10,000 new online students in the next few years. At the university's campus in Springfield, Ill., faculty already use blogs and wikis in their courses.
Letters: Online Education, Electric Bikes, DVDs
Listeners share their take on the story about online courses, saying they are quicker and easier than real courses. They also say that just as electric bikes are popular in China, they are catching on in the United States too. Some listeners took issue with film director John Waters' interview in which he comments that some DVDs aren't ready for prime time.
Broadway Stagehand Strike Ends
Broadway stagehands and theater producers reach a tentative agreement to end a strike and almost immediately return to the stage most of the two dozen plays and musicals that have been shut down for more than two weeks. The settlement came after months of negotiations.
FDA Considers Limiting Sodium in Processed Foods
The Food and Drug Administration convenes its first public hearing on whether to limit sodium in processed foods. The American Medical Association says that 150,000 lives could be saved annually if salt in processed and restaurant foods was cut in half.
Scientists Develop Life-Extending Compounds
The scientists who discovered resveratrol, a substance in red wine that let mice live longer, say they've developed three drugs that do much the same thing. The most potent of the three controls blood sugar and is believed to fight other diseases of aging, as well.
U.S. Bank Profits Drop on Loan Defaults
Government data shows net income for U.S. banks fell by 25 percent last quarter. Nearly half of all banks reported declines in their earnings because so many homeowners are defaulting on home mortgages as well as credit cards and car loans.
Oil Prices Fall on Supply Report
The price of oil drops for the second straight day, after a new government report shows inventories are not as tight as expected. After nearing $100, prices tumble more than $7 a barrel to less than $91 per barrel. The report also says that demand for gas grew only slightly in the last four weeks.
Foreign Firms Open Offices Near Washington, D.C.
A growing number of foreign companies are opening offices in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, hoping a closer proximity to the so-called headquarters for global businesses will generate greater business.