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Friday, January 25, 2008

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  • Democrats Await Outcome of S. Carolina Vote
    Republicans had their turn last week in South Carolina. On Saturday, the Democrats have their say. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are making last-minute appeals to the voters of the Palmetto State, but the stakes are perhaps higher for Obama and Edwards.
  • S.C. Polls Show Edwards Gaining, Many Undecided
    A Clemson University poll on the Democratic race in South Carolina out Thursday shows Barack Obama leading with 27 percent, Hillary Clinton second with 20 percent and John Edwards gaining with 17 percent. He had just 12 percent in a previous poll. Some 36 percent of people still call themselves undecided or refuse to answer the poll.
  • Study: 70 Percent of Army Recruits Have Diplomas
    A new study by NPP, a research group that looks at military trends, has concluded that last year, barely 70 percent of new Army recruits had high school diplomas. That's the lowest number in a quarter-century. The Pentagon has attacked the study, saying it's getting the recruits it needs.
  • Museums Suspected in Tax Fraud, Stolen Artifacts
    Federal agents have raided the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, and a warrant was issued for Pasadena's Pacific-Asia Museum. Authorities say the museums received looted Asian and Native American artifacts.
  • Lender Offers Tips for Those Looking to Refinance
    The Federal Reserve's decision to cut a key interest rate this week prompted a burst of activity in the mortgage market, as homeowners tried to figure out whether to refinance. Russell Rothstein, the director of mortgage lending for Beacon Mortgage in Rockville, Md., offers advice.
  • Economic Woes Test Bernanke's Leadership
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's ability to lead the Central Bank is being tested by the subprime mortgage crisis and the faltering economy. The interest rate cut earlier this week demonstrates that he's willing to make bold moves but he's been criticized for acting too late.
  • Tax 'Rebate' Is Borrowed Money in Disguise
    Commentator Marc Acito says the proper response when receiving a gift is to simply say "thank you," whether or not you wanted it. But, he says, it's hard to be grateful for this latest gift from our government. Acito says this "rebate" isn't a gift at all. It's borrowed money, and it's time we started paying it back.
  • Native Species Among Victims of Calif. Fires, Floods
    Recent wildfires and flooding in Southern California have wiped out populations of native fish and amphibians in the region. Scientists warn that officials need to do more to ensure that the state's dwindling native species survive.
  • A Restaurant for the Birds Welcomes All
    As temperatures drop, homeowners put more effort into feeding their feathered neighbors. Commentator Julie Zickefoose realizes that not all of the birds at a feeding station are welcome, but the undesirables might just be vital.
  • Entrepreneurs Reflect on Wall Street's Scary Week
    The volatility in stock markets around the world appears to have subsided, at least for now. But the past 10 days have been a wrenching ride for investors, and many analysts still don't understand what set off the slide. NPR's Adam Davidson profiles two entrepreneurs and how the market turmoil affected them.

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