President Barack Obama extended both a sharp stick and an olive branch to critics of his far-reaching plan to overhaul the nation's health care system Tuesday, openly ridiculing those who attacked his proposal for an optional government insurance plan but also leaving the door open to compromise.
A Washington Metro train slammed into the rear of another during the evening rush hour on Monday, killing at least six people and injuring at least 76 others in the worst disaster in the 33-year history of Washington's rapid transit system.
While the Tennessee Legislature was slashing programs and laying off 700 state employees to close a budget gap last week, Gov. Phil Bredesen was touring a manufacturing company in the Swiss village of Birr. From Switzerland, it was on to Germany and Poland for Bredesen, a two-term Democrat.