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Friday, July 17, 2009

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  • Citibank, BofA Results May Not Point To Recovery
    Bank of America and Citibank posted bigger-than-expected profits for the second quarter, raising hopes the financial crisis has eased. But the strong-looking results released Friday include gains from accounting changes and other factors, and don't necessarily show a big improvement in the banks' underlying financial health.
  • Week In Politics Reviewed
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings, President Obama's newly announced community college initiative and the debate over health care dominated the week in politics. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institutions, and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight.
  • In Argentina, Pepsi Logo Acquires Local Flavor
    When people in Buenos Aires are thirsty for the American soda, they have long ordered something they call "Pecsi." Not "Pepsi." The idiosyncratic pronunciation has become the focus of a Pepsi ad campaign.
  • Silence Broken On Red Army Rapes In Germany
    A new film and a groundbreaking study bring new attention to an issue long considered a taboo in Germany: the mass rape of women by Soviet Red Army soldiers. Historians believe some 2 million German women were raped after Soviet and Allied forces defeated Hitler's army in 1945.
  • Former U.S. Official On Indonesia Bombings
    Suicide bombers killed eight people and wounded more than 50 at two American luxury hotels Friday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. James Clad, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, says Western counterterrorism experts had been giving the Indonesians high marks up to now.
  • In Iraq, Kurdish-Arab Tensions Simmer
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will be in Washington next week. His visit comes as the president of the Iraqi Kurdish region says ethnic tension is driving Iraq's Kurds and the central government in Baghdad dangerously close to confrontation.
  • Vacation In Space? It's Possible ... For The Rich
    We missed the deadline set by 2001: A Space Odyssey, but private companies are trying to realize the potential for space tourism. One firm hopes to offer safe, regular flights within the next three years. But the price remains out of reach for most.
  • Summer At The Movies And The Livin' Ain't Easy
    It's only July, and already the summer movie season seems to be cooling off. Movie industry reporter John Horn says that audience word-of-mouth may be one reason for sagging ticket sales.
  • In Calif., A Rare Look At Humboldt Squid
    It's not often you get to see a giant sea creature up close and personal. But the arrival of swarms of giant Humboldt squid in southern California has given scuba divers a rare treat. Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, offers her insight.
  • Small-Business Support Sought On Health Care
    Conscious of the impact health care policy changes will have on small business owners, both supporters and opponents of various plans to overhaul the health care system are now trying to paint themselves as champions of mom and pop entrepreneurs.

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