Cliffs says it will join state study Cleveland Cliffs Corp. has dropped its plans to conduct an independent study into the potential health effects of mineral fibers on miners and other residents. Instead, they will participate in a state-sponsored study being conducted by the University of Minnesota.6:21 a.m.
Vikings win to stay in playoff hunt The Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 20-13 to stay in control of the NFC's last wild-card
spot, despite four turnovers and a missed extra point.7:25 a.m.
Men and women not happier with kids A new study says having kids does not make men happier. The study from the Institute for Social and Economic Research in England says becoming a father fails to increase "life satisfaction" for men. And for women, having kids only makes them happier once the kids are in school.7:55 a.m.
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House Passes Omnibus Spending Measure
Congress and the president were poised to resolve their monthslong dispute over funding for the war in Iraq after the House passed a $516 billion omnibus spending measure to fund 14 Cabinet agencies and troops in Afghanistan.
FCC May Vote to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
The Federal Communications Commission is set to take a controversial vote. The five commissioners will tackle whether a single media company can own a TV or radio station and a newspaper in the same market. The proposal has drawn stinging criticism from Congress and the public.
A District Where No Two Schools Are Alike
School districts all across the country are breaking apart their traditional, large high schools. But once districts have thrown out the old, what becomes the new? The Mapleton School District near Denver offers just about everything.
Monkeys Rival College Students' Ability to Estimate
Two monkeys were tested on their abilities to estimate amounts and compared with group of undergraduates at Duke University. Given a basic math test, the monkeys were right 75 percent of the time, while the students scored correctly 90 percent of the time. Experts say monkeys sometimes need to be able to make quick estimates to survive.
Palestinian Supporters Pledge $7B
Palestinian supporters raise $7 billion at a donors' conference in Paris. The money, pledged by the international community, will help create a Palestinian state. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the conference the "last hope" to salvage the Palestinian government from bankruptcy.
Southeastern Governors to Devise Drought Strategy
Governors of Georgia, Alabama and Florida meet with Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to discuss allocating water resources in the wake of the drought. The three states and the federal government agree to set up a working group to develop an emergency drought strategy.
Mississippi Rebuilds Bridge Damaged by Katrina
Traffic is flowing again in Biloxi, Miss. Two lanes of the U.S. Highway 90 bridge over Biloxi Bay reopened last month, replacing a crucial artery destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The new bridge is helping boost an economic recovery along Biloxi's beachfront that is well ahead of other Gulf Coast communities.
Fed Works to Curb Corrupt Mortgage Lending Practices
The Federal Reserve is due to unveil a plan that would give people taking out home mortgages new protections against unscrupulous lending practices. The rules are designed to protect borrowers from the kind of abusive lending that contributed to the subprime mortgage crisis.
Commercial Real Estate Thrives Via Foreign Backing
While many people struggle with residential real estate, commercial real estate in some parts of the country is still attractive. New York-based Related Companies, one of the nation's biggest developers, is behind massive projects like New York City's Time Warner Center.
U.S. Borrows Heavily from Overseas
The Commerce Department reports the current account trade deficit fell by 5.5 percent to $178.5 billion in the July-September quarter. That was a better-than-expected showing and the smallest current account imbalance since a $173.4 billion deficit in the third quarter of 2005.