Sheila Bair has won bipartisan support and praise for her work as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Her five-year term ends next month, and she has said she doesn't want to be reappointed. Renee Montagne talks to Bair about leading the FDIC through the financial crisis and what she sees as the biggest challenges for the banking industry going forward.
Web domain czars expect an explosion in Internet address suffixes.
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The organization that oversees Web addresses, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, announced Monday in Singapore that it will allow nearly any word in any language to be an Internet address suffix.
There are currently 23 possible endings for a Web address — including the familiar dot-com, dot-gov, dot-edu and, of course, dot-org.
ICANN's new ruling, which may shake that up, is "the most significant change to the Internet, really, since it was created," according to Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN's board of directors.
Airline passengers pay wildly different amounts of money to take the same flight. Airlines reporter Scott Mayerowitz says one way to pay less is to shop for tickets in the middle of the week.
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Climbing oil prices have led to higher airfares this summer. But not all passengers pay the same rate, says Scott Mayerowitz, airlines reporter for The Associated Press.
For a recent story, Mayerowitz and his colleague Samantha Bomkamp visited the airport and asked passengers what they had paid for their flight. "We found some incredible differences out there," he says.
Protesters in Yemen, along with key tribal and religious leaders, have spent months in the streets calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and for new elections.
The Obama administration and Pentagon officials are expressing fears that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula may take advantage of the current power vacuum to increase its influence. But some Yemen watchers say that while Saleh recovers in a Saudi hospital from wounds suffered during an attack on his palace, the U.S. is missing an opportunity to foster a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. In the upcoming Republican primaries, limits on carbon emissions — which Huntsman once supported — are not expected to be a pivotal issue.
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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman formally kicks off his presidential campaign Tuesday, with New York's Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. He's hoping some tired and poor Republicans are yearning for a different kind of candidate. Huntsman holds moderate views on immigration and same-sex civil unions, and he wasn't afraid to serve in the Obama administration, as U.S. ambassador to China.
As governor, Huntsman was also a leader in a regional effort to control greenhouse gases, by capping carbon emissions and trading pollution permits.
Jim Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, will ask a court Tuesday to throw out a Justice Department subpoena. Risen says he doesn't want to testify against a CIA agent accused of leaking classified information.
Risen has a history of digging for government secrets and finding pay dirt. He helped expose the government's warrantless wiretapping program. And he ventured into the shadows again to write a history of the CIA during President George W. Bush's years.
St. Louis, whose location on the Mississippi River made it a hub for the sale of slaves, marked the Civil War sesquicentennial by re-enacting a slave auction in January. Missouri officials hope the anniversary will draw more attention to the state's Civil War history.
With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more Civil War battle sites.
Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.
Nearly six years later, the real story of what happened on the Danziger Bridge may finally come out.
On Wednesday, the biggest policeabuse case in the modern history of the New Orleans Police Department gets under way. Federal prosecutors allege police officers shot and killed two unarmed civilians fleeing the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina and maimed four others. Afterward, prosecutors claim, the police engaged in an elaborate cover-up to make it look like self-defense.