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Friday, November 16, 2007

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  • Senate Gridlock Snares War Funding, Farm Bill
    Before leaving town for two weeks, the Senate failed to move forward on an Iraq war funding measure including a timeline for troop withdrawal. Gridlock also prevailed on the farm bill and other measures.
  • Court Rejects SUV Fuel-Efficiency Loophole
    A federal appeals court has rejected the Bush administration's fuel economy standard for light pickups, vans and SUVs and ordered the government to come up with a new, tougher one. Automakers say any change now would be disruptive.
  • Britons Bank on Scents to Boost Junk Mail's Appeal
    Britain's Royal Mail teams with an advertising agency to revive old-fashioned junk mail with a new twist: aromas as a branding tool. New envelope technology paired with the idea that just the right scent can speak louder than words is being used starting this month.
  • Doomed Nuclear Worker Steals Weapons in 'PU239'
    PU239, which premieres Nov. 17 on HBO, is a film about a nuclear plant worker in post-Soviet Russia who gets a lethal dose of radiation. With days to live, he decides to steal some weapons-grade plutonium to sell, to provide financial security for his wife and son.
  • U.S. Hopes for Power Sharing in Pakistan Fade
    Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf swore in a caretaker government Friday to run the country until elections take place in January. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is visiting to try to convince Musharraf to end the state of emergency, free political prisoners and resign as army chief of staff.
  • Afghan 'Kite Runner' Actors Say They Were Misled
    Concern is growing about the safety of four Afghan child stars of a movie called Kite Runner, due for release next month. The boys and their families are increasingly frustrated with the filmmakers and say if they had it to do over again, they would not have been in the film.
  • FCC Chief Aims to Relax Cross-Ownership Rules
    This week, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin formally announced plans to relax media ownership rules by allowing newspapers in the top 20 markets to also own a TV or radio station in the same market. That's something that has been barred for more than 30 years.
  • Herb Alpert Donates $30 Million for School of Music
    The University of California in Los Angeles announced the formation of the Herb Alpert School of Music on Friday. Alpert, the Latin crossover giant who headed up the Tijuana Brass and co-founded the A&M label, donated some $30 million to the school.
  • Guy de Maupassant, a Jeweler of Language
    Author Mirta Ojito returned last summer to the stories that enthralled her in her adolescence, wondering if their magic would hold. Her verdict: The poetry of life pulses through every single one.
  • Holiday Sweets: On the Road (and in the Mail)
    The travel season — for people and for sweets — is approaching. Dorie Greenspan, author of the cookbook Baking, shares with Michele Norris her advice on how to pack your baked goods so they arrive tasty and intact.

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