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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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  • Holder: No Failure In 9/11 Prosecution
    Attorney General Eric Holder told senators Wednesday "failure is not an option" in the prosecution of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Holder explained his rationale to bring Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects to the U.S. for a civilian trial.
  • Senate Democrats May Unveil New Health Bill
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to outline a new health care bill soon designed to meet President Obama's goal of expanding coverage without adding to the deficit. Reid wants to bring the measure to the Senate floor in the next few days.
  • In Japan, MRIs Cost Less
    Prices for MRIs are much cheaper in Japan than in the U.S. The difference in prices provides some insight into why health care costs are so high in the U.S. There's something else at work, too. MRIs are very popular in Japan: Some people get them every year even if they aren't sick.
  • New Perils In Mexico For U.S.-Bound Migrants
    The U.S. economic downturn and tighter border security has not deterred migrants from Central America seeking to enter the United States. But they are being abused in new and alarming ways. Tens of thousands of them are robbed, kidnapped and even killed attempting to cross Mexico.
  • Was Internet Complicit In Fort Hood Shooting?
    From what is publicly known about Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of killing 13 in a rampage at Fort Hood, he had no accomplice — unless you count the Internet in which he communed, exchanging sinister thoughts with an extremist cleric.
  • Counting Stimulus Jobs Is Tough Work
    The Web site Recovery.gov says more than 640,000 jobs have been created or saved by the government stimulus. But the head of the board that tracks stimulus spending tells Congress he can't certify that number is "accurate and auditable." A reporter finds that counting the jobs created or saved isn't an easy task.
  • Remembering Sen. Carl Hayden
    West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd on Wednesday became the long-serving member of Congress. He took that record from Carl Hayden, a seven-term Senator from Arizona who represented the state for 20,773 days. Jack August, executive director of the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest, talks about Hayden's long political career.
  • Camera That Saved Hubble Now On Display
    Two instruments from the Hubble Space Telescope, including the camera that corrected an early flaw in the telescope, are now on exhibit at the Smithsonian. The camera, about the size of a baby grand piano, is responsible for some of Hubble's most astounding photos.
  • Reef Conservation Strategy Backfires
    Conservationists worried about overfishing on the Pacific island of Kiribati persuaded fishermen to pick coconuts instead. The strategy backfired: Coconut oil production increased, but so did fishing. It turns out, fishermen who earned more money in coconut agriculture had more leisure time — which they spent fishing.
  • Higher Temperatures May Be Behind Pine Growth
    Ancient bristlecone pine trees found in certain parts of California and Nevada have been growing at an unprecedented rate in the last 50 years. According to a recent study, this growth has most likely been caused by warmer temperatures. Malcolm Hughes, one of the study's lead researchers and a professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona's Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research, offers his insight.

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