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Monday, May 30, 2011

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  • Obama Taps Army General To Lead Joint Chiefs
    If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Martin Dempsey, an accomplished veteran of the Iraq war, would succeed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen as the president's top military adviser.
  • Obama Honors Fallen At National Cemetery
    After President Obama formally announced the new picks for his national security team Monday, he left the White House and crossed the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery. In the 90 degree heat, paid tribute to America's fallen and following Memorial Day tradition, he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He said his role as commander in chief is his most "solemn responsibility."
  • Keeping Memories Alive: Parents Tell Son's Story
    While many families are kicking off their summer vacation with trips to the beach or a day of hitting the holiday sales, scores of others are remembering service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. For one Rhode Island family, Monday marks the first Memorial Day they will spend since their son died in Afghanistan.
  • French Open Top Seeds: Women Fall, Men Stay
    A series of upsets has eliminated the top three women players before the quarter-finals for the first time ever at the French Open. But on the men's side, the top players are all still in: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Doug Robson of USA Today tells Melissa Block the latest.
  • Technology Brings Digital Memories To Grave Sites
    A Seattle company is adding "quick-read" codes to gravestones, allowing cemetery visitors to connect with the dead's life stories. Using their smartphones, passers-by can scan the QR code and access a website that shows photos and other information about the deceased.
  • IPhone Application Brings National Mall To Life
    If you're spending Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., a new iPhone app can help you experience the National Mall in a whole new way. The D.C.-based music duo Bluebrain composed the National Mall application that keeps track of where you are, whether it's the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Memorial.
  • U.S. Coal Companies See Huge Market In China
    U.S. coal companies are having a banner year this year. There are a bunch of mergers, new mines and high stock prices. It's a resurgence of 19th-century America. And it's happening thanks to 21st-century China.
  • Letters: Floyd Landis, Obama's Auto-Pen
    Melissa Block reads letters from listeners.
  • Sculptor Makes Three Sets Of Presidential Busts
    David Adickes has fashioned 18-foot tall busts of all of the U.S. presidents. One set sits in his yard in Houston. Another is in a closed theme park in Deadwood, S.D. And the third is in another defunct theme park in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Movie Industry Plans To Release Lots Of Sequels
    The industry has faced a tough year so far. So it's using the formula of sequels and 3-D movies in hopes of getting back on track — including more pirates, more kung-fun fighting pandas and more hungover wedding guests. Critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the other retreads and the hidden treasures coming your way this summer.

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