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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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  • Deadly October For U.S. In Afghanistan
    Eight American troops were killed Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month so far in the Afghan war. The deaths come a day after two helicopters crashed, killing more than a dozen Americans in the country.
  • On The Hunt For Roadside Bombs In Afghanistan
    The Marines of "America's Battalion" have been fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province since July. Now, as the Marines move south, looking to extend their area of operation, they are patrolling for the deadliest of threats: roadside bombs.
  • Karadzic's War Crimes Trial Resumes
    The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic resumed Tuesday in The Hague, but once again Karadzic boycotted the proceedings. The judges at the international tribunal, however, ruled the trial could continue without him being in court.
  • Chicago Club Accused Of Racism Over Dress Code
    When Washington University law students visited a club in Chicago, the black students in the group were kept out, allegedly because they were wearing "baggy clothes." From that incident, a controversy over discrimination has ensued.
  • Some Dallas Drivers Cited For Not Speaking English
    Since 2007, at least 20 Dallas police officers from five patrol divisions have wrongly cited motorists for not speaking English. Scott Goldstein, a reporter with The Dallas Morning News, says in at least one case a rookie officer mistakenly used a federal statute covering commercial drivers to issue a citation to a woman who made an illegal U-turn.
  • Exploring New Methods To Make Swine Flu Vaccine
    Some of the delays in producing the swine flu vaccine can be attributed to egg-based production. With this method, the vaccine takes about two months to produce. Robert Belshe, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at St. Louis University, says tissue cultures can be used to produce the vaccine in a matter of a few days.
  • Health Care Pools: Let Youth Jump, Or Push Them?
    In drafting national standards on how health insurers should be able to use age to set premium rates, congressional committees agree that older people should pay more. But they differ widely on just how much. Ultimately, it comes down to how best to persuade young adults to get into the pool.
  • Bioengineered Plants Gone Wild
    A study shows the effect of what happens when genes from bioengineered plants get lose. A gene that protects a squash from a viral disease also protects a wild gourd from this disease but it makes it more susceptible to other threats.
  • Naguib Mahfouz's Book Of Dreams
    The late Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz spent six years toward the end of his life publishing vignettes based on his dreams. Now collected in a new paperback, The Dreams, these several hundred dreams are a surprise. Mahfouz packs each of these pieces with resonant details, and plays with opposites in time and location before rapidly moving to a poignant but questioning denouement.
  • Orhan Pamuk's 'Museum' Of Obsession, Innocence
    Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk says his new novel is a love story that "doesn't put love on a pedestal." Instead, The Museum of Innocence is about one man's obsession with a beautiful young woman — and the museum collection he dedicates to the affair that derailed his life.

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