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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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  • Weak U.S. Economy Hampers GM's Recovery Plan
    General Motors reported a loss of $722 million for the last three months of 2007. Still, that was better than many analysts expected, and GM shares rose slightly as trading opened. GM also announced an expanded buyout program for UAW members. But what might happen to GM this year — as the U.S. economy slows?
  • White House, Banks Expand Help for Homeowners
    The Bush Administration is promoting another plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. It would expand voluntary efforts by major banks to modify loan terms for struggling borrowers. But housing advocates doubt the move will keep a large number of people in their homes.
  • Coal Industry Lures Engineering Students
    After years of economic troubles that saw few people going into mining engineering, the field is experiencing a renaissance on some campuses. Scholarships and good jobs are attracting growing numbers of recruits.
  • Nagl: Beating Insurgents Takes Unconventional War
    Lt. Col. John Nagl, an expert on counter-insurgency, is retiring from the Army and moving to Washington, D.C., to work for a new think tank. He says winning a war against an insurgency is possible — but it takes an unconventional war strategy.
  • Palestinian PM Tackles Corruption, Hamas
    Salaam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, is lobbying Congress and the Bush administration for financial and political support. He discusses the stalled peace talks with Israel, anti-corruption efforts and the thorny issue of Hamas in Gaza.
  • Many Veteran Suicides are Guardsmen, Reservists
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has been analyzing the suicide data since 2001 and found that Guard or Reserve members made up 53 percent of veteran suicides, according to a report Tuesday by the Associated Press. Why might the suicide rate among these troops be higher?
  • Afghan Kidnappings Increasingly Common
    A growing wave of Afghan kidnappings isn't driven by politics. It's driven by ransom. Many victims accuse the government and police of complicity. The police blame the kidnappings on family or private security firms looking to make a quick buck. Whatever the case, they are rarely investigated.
  • Writers Strike May End Soon, but Trouble Isn't Over
    As the Writer's Guild prepares to wrap up its 14-week-long strike, the economic impact has been widespread among the many businesses that rely on the movie and television industries in Los Angeles.
  • Library of Congress: Saving New Orleans Music
    New Orleans radio station WWOZ has turned to the Library of Congress for help in preserving its live broadcast collection, which includes great recordings by many New Orleans musicians: Deacon John, Beau Jocque, the late James Booker, and more. It's a rare historical testament to the city's roots music.
  • High Turnout Expected in D.C.-Area Primaries
    Voters are participating Tuesday in primary elections in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia — they're being called the "Potomac Primaries." Better-than-average turnout is expected in Virginia and Maryland, with waits of up to 45 minutes in some areas.

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