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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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  • Oil CEOs Defend Tax Breaks On Capitol Hill
    CEOs from major oil companies were on Capitol Hill Thursday, testifying about the tax advantages their industry enjoys. Some senators and the Obama administration want to remove those tax breaks.
  • Oil Exec Explains His Perspective
    Robert Siegel interviews Red Cavaney of ConocoPhilips about the congressional battle over tax breaks for the top oil companies.
  • Obama, Senate GOP Discuss Debt Ceiling
    President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans to discuss the nation's debt ceiling and long-term efforts to control the deficit. Meanwhile, a group of Main Street businesses are urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling without delay.
  • Divining Doomsday: An Old Practice With New Tricks
    Convinced that May 21 will mark the world's end, believers continue to warn of God's ensuing wrath. But they aren't alone: End times prophecies have existed for centuries, and today, they're on the rise, examining whether world events — from earthquakes to economic globalization — are signs of the coming Apocalypse.
  • After Deluge, Kentucky Dries Out
    The surge of Mississippi River water continues to move down toward the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana and Mississippi are preparing for the flood. In western Kentucky, officials and residents are taking stock now that the waters have receded. Many are facing tough decisions.
  • Miss. River Flooding Impacts Barge Commerce
    Robert Siegel speaks with Lynn Muench, a vice president of industry group American Waterways Operators, about the impact and economic fallout to the barge, tow and tugboat industry because of the flooding on the Mississippi river.
  • U.S. Autoworker Convicted In Death Camp Case
    A German court found retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk guilty of accessory to mass murder Thursday. Demjanjuk, who was born in Ukraine, served as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II, but there was no evidence he committed a specific crime. However, the court found that by volunteering to work at the camp, he had participated in mass murder.
  • Depravity, Despair In 'Druggist Of Auschwitz'
    Dieter Schlesak's "documentary novel," translated from German, puts Auschwitz's pharmacist on trial. The book employs interviews with concentration camp survivors, letters and camp records, and testimony and evidence from the druggist's actual trial, which took place in the 1960s.
  • After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym
    Wounded soldiers often spend months in physical therapy rebuilding their strength; soldiers with traumatic brain injuries face an equally grueling challenge. Computerized mental exercises may be exhausting, but doctors and patients hope they will improve focus and memory.
  • Scientist Willard Boyle Dies
    Robert Siegel talks with electrical engineering and computer science professor Ruzena Bajcsy about one of the inventors of the C.C.D. — the charged coupling device. Scientist Willard Boyle's creation is found in bar code scanners, digital photography, medical endoscopes and the Hubble Space Telescope. Boyle, who won a Nobel Prize for his invention, recently died at age 86.

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