Senate focusing on food safety Congress is on the verge of passing the first major overhaul of America's food safety laws since the 1930s. The Senate is considering a version of the reform today. The House passed a more stringent bill last year, but it's the Senate version that's expected to take precedence.7:20 a.m.
Carbs unwelcome this holiday season Well here they are -- the holidays again. And while it's always nice to get together with old friends and loved ones this time of year, there's one holiday reunion essayist Peter Smith is not looking forward to.7:25 a.m.
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Ex-Diplomats Fear Leak Will Lead To Cautious Cables
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to limit the diplomatic fallout from the disclosure of classified State Department cables. They contain information on the inner workings of the department and some embarrassing assessments of world leaders. Being frank is part of the job when it comes to writing cables, according to a retired diplomat.
'Der Spiegel' Studied Leaked Cables For Weeks
Several publications writing about the WikiLeaks diplomatic reports had them months in advance. One was the German magazine Der Spiegel, whose Washington correspondents include Gregor Peter Schmitz. He tells Steve Inskeep that reporters have been reading, and discussing what they read since August.
Supreme Court To Hear California Prisons Case
At issue is a federal court order from a specially created three-judge panel. It requires California to take whatever measures are necessary to bring down the state's prison population by some 46,000 prisoners.
Medical Panel: Don't Go Overboard On Vitamin D
The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board says children and most adults need 600 international units of vitamin D a day. People older than 70 need 800. That's more than the previous targets, but a lot less than advocates of high-dose vitamin D claim is necessary.
Officials Aim For Small Wins In Cancun Climate Talks
Diplomats are taking a more measured approach to U.N. climate-treaty talks this year. They're hoping for incremental progress around issues like financing instead of an all-or-nothing approach to emissions reductions.
Google Aims To Buy Internet Coupon Company
Google may soon pay up to $6 billion for the Internet coupon company Groupon, according to The New York Times. Groupon is the two-year-old Chicago company that sends daily discount offers to peoples' email accounts, tailored to their locations.
Trash To Treasure: From Toilets To Tiles
You wouldn't expect a landfill to be a place where you could turn something into a thing of beauty. But decorative tile maker, Paul Burns, sees opportunity in trash.
Student Designs Coat To Keep Homeless Warm
Veronika Scott designed the Element Survival Coat. It's made out of a housing insulation, and either recycled wool or any sort of synthetic fiber. The college student in Detroit passed out copies of her design to the homeless. The coat doubles as a sleeping bag.