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Friday, March 21, 2008

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  • Chinese Troops Mobilize in Provinces Near Tibet
    Following last week's unrest, China is sending thousands of security forces into Tibet and surrounding provinces. As Chinese troops conduct intrusive house-to-house searches, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, calls the crisis a challenge to the conscience of the world.
  • Amid Tibet Unrest, Taiwan Voters Prepare for Polls
    Taiwan voters go to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, and recent unrest in Tibet may have helped the underdog in Taiwan's election. Also on the ballot is a referendum on whether the island should seek U.N. membership independent of China.
  • Blossoms Springing Forward Earlier, Too
    Washington, D.C.'s famed cherry trees are set to reach their peak at the end of this month. Thirty years ago you had to wait till April 5 for cherry blossoms. While spring officially begins on March 20, scientists say we're seeing the signs of spring earlier and earlier — an average of eight hours earlier each year. Scientist Kirsten DeBeurs with Noah Adams.
  • A Life Filled with Promise Cut Short
    When Army Capt. Torre Mallard's life began, he was an Army brat. It ended in uniform on March 10, during his second deployment to Iraq. As the U.S. marks the fifth anniversary of the war, Mallard's friends and family in Anniston, Ala., gather to honor his dedication and determination.
  • Fort Drum Commander Outs Drunken Drivers
    With drunken-driving offenses spiraling dangerously out-of-control at Fort Drum as soldiers return from Iraq, the base commander orders the post newspaper to publish the names and pictures of the arrested soldiers in what he calls an effort to shame troops into changing their dangerous habits.
  • Report Card for Fed Chief Bernanke
    After a busy week at the Federal Reserve — assisting with JPMorgan Chase's takeover of Bear Stearns and allowing big investment houses to get emergency loans directly from the central bank — how does the Fed chief rate? Yale economist Robert James Shiller, Smith Moore analyst Juli Niemann with Noah Adams.
  • Geology Students Striking It Rich
    With the price of oil, gold and other metals at near record levels, these are heady times at the Colorado School of Mines. Employers are falling all over themselves to hire new graduates. Who'd have thought that being a geologist would make you so popular — and bring you $80,000 a year to start?
  • Law Firm Linked to McCain PAC, Campaign Loan
    When Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) got a loan to bail out his presidential campaign, the lending bank issued a letter from its outside counsel — giving the all-clear sign. That law firm, it turns out, had just recently done work for McCain's political action committee.
  • Baseball: From Child's Play to America's Pastime
    In But Didn't We Have Fun?, author Peter Morris explores America's pastime even before it was America's pastime — and long before the days of big clubs, big stadiums and big crowds. He looks at how baseball evolved in the fields across America.
  • Richardson Calls Obama 'Once-in-a Lifetime' Leader
    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson endorses Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, disappointing Sen. Hillary Clinton. The former energy secretary for the Clinton administration, who is thought to have vice-presidential aspirations, called Obama a "once-in-a-lifetime leader."

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