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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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  • In Pakistan, U.S. Aid Package Stirs Anger
    An emotional debate is under way in Pakistan over a U.S. plan to provide the country with $1.5 billion in economic aid for each of the next five years. Many Pakistanis view the plan, approved by Congress last week, as U.S. interference in their internal affairs.
  • Levin Prods Obama On Afghan Troops
    President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers over the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who was at the meeting, says he told Obama there hadn't been enough energy devoted to getting the Afghan army and police up to speed.
  • Conservatives Criticize Obama Safe-Schools Czar
    President Obama's safe-schools czar has become a target for conservative activists who point to his past writings about drug use and homosexuality. But Kevin Jennings' supporters say he is the victim of a right-wing smear campaign.
  • Makers Of Ribosome Map Win Chemistry Nobel
    Americans Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas Steitz, and Israeli Ada Yonath won Wednesday for mapping ribosomes, the protein-producing factories within cells, at the atomic level. Their work has been fundamental to the scientific understanding of life and has helped researchers develop antibiotic cures for various diseases.
  • Alaska's Challenge Distributing Swine Flu Vaccine
    States like Alaska, with people living in very remote areas, have a unique challenge when it comes to distributing the swine flu vaccine. Laurel Wood, Alaska's Immunization Program manager, says the vaccine arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, from where it is sent to other parts of the state, including those without roads.
  • Debate Over Homebuyer Tax Credit Heats Up
    As part of its effort to prop up the housing market, the federal government is offering an $8,000 tax credit to first-time buyers. Nationwide, pending home sales have been on the rise for seven months in a row. But the offer is set to expire at the end of November.
  • Weighing Merits Of U.S. Intervention In Housing
    The federal government has always promoted home ownership through tax breaks and other incentives. But the extent to which the government is supporting the beleaguered housing market today is unprecedented.
  • Iraq's Minorities Caught Between Arabs, Kurds
    The U.S. military is pushing a plan to get Arabs and Kurds to cooperate in the country's north. Many of Iraq's other minorities live in the most hotly contested seam between the Kurdish region and the city of Mosul. Adding to their woes, al-Qaida is also targeting the area.
  • Meet 'Glee' Star Jane Lynch, TV's New Queen Of Mean
    The actress has made a career of memorable character parts, from a folk-singing porn star to an outspoken gay lawyer. Now she's got a juicy marquee role as the hilariously hard-charging villain in Fox's new hit comedyGlee. Melissa Block talks to Lynch about her new role as cruel, ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
  • Holder Calls Chicago Teen's Killing Wake-Up Call
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the recent beating death of a Chicago teen a "wake-up call" that would lead to action. Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan held a news conference with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The two Cabinet officials were sent by the White House to Chicago after the killing.

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