Tara A. Lewis

Overcoming Four Big Health Fears

Even those who have access to health care don't always benefit from it, because at times dread and unease prevent people from seeking important medical attention. With all the talk in the media and information on the Internet about disease and health risks, it's hard not to be anxious about staying healthy. We've rounded up some common fears, along with remedies to allay them so your next visit to the dentist or doctor can be safer and more comfortable.

Vilsack Offers Sherrod New Position

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has offered Shirley Sherrod a new position with the Department of Agriculture, AP reports. "A good woman has gone through a difficult time, and I will have to live with that for a very long time," Vilsack told reporters late Wednesday.

White House Apologizes to Sherrod

The White House apologized Wednesday to ousted USDA staffer Shirley Sherrod, saying government officials who sought her resignation for comments about race had acted in haste and without all the facts. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack "will apologize for the actions that have taken place in the past 24 to 36 hours," said administration spokesman Robert Gibbs.

In Islamabad, Clinton Unveils $500 Million Aid Package to Pakistan

Hillary Clinton announced more than $500 million in aid projects to Pakistan at a meeting Monday in Islamabad. The projects, meant to bolster Pakistan's infrastructure through agricultural improvements and construction of health facilities and dams, will be funded through the Enhanced Partnership With Pakistan Act (also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill) that President Obama signed into law last October. The act allots $1.5 billion in nonmilitary aid to Pakistan annually.

Yikes! A 50-Foot Nancy Pelosi

As the November election inches closer, conservatives are offering a preview of a major strategy with an ad portraying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a 50-foot monster hell-bent on destroying small-town America in a taxpayer-money-devouring rage. The anti-Pelosi campaign is heating up.

Google Softens on China's Censorship

Google is willing to compromise, at least a little, if that means it can stay in China. Its latest policy changes will stop automatically redirecting Google China users to the uncensored Hong Kong site in hope of appeasing the Chinese government and its strict Internet censorship laws. China will decide today whether to accept the changes and allow Google to stay.

FDA Recommends New Emergency Contraceptive

On Thursday the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs voted to recommend the approval of a drug that can prevent pregnancy if taken up to five days after unprotected sex. The Food and Drug Administration will have the final say on whether the drug will be approved but the advisory committee supported the drug, slated to be called ella, despite debates about how exactly it works.