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Gates Discusses Future Of Military Presence In Iraq
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in Iraq Thursday on what could be his last visit to the country as the head of the U.S. military. One issue still facing the secretary is whether American troops will remain in Iraq after this year.
Airmen On Ground Aid Effort To Avert Afghan Deaths
U.S. statistics indicate that number of civilians killed by fixed-wing aircraft dropped 65 percent last year, thanks in part to the elite Air Force spotters who travel on the ground with combat troops. Think of them as air traffic controllers for war zones.
Mayor Of Japanese City Appeals For Help
Michele Norris speaks with Katsunobu Sakurai, mayor of Minamisoma City in Japan. The mayor has appealed to international press to tell the story of the devastation in his area. He says he needs more help from the Japanese government.
How Might A Government Shutdown Impact States?
Lawmakers now have just over 24 hours to reach a budget deal and avert a partial government shutdown. The word partial is crucial since what's labeled essential government business will continue. But some 800,000 government workers face furloughs without a deal in D.C. And state governments are scrambling to figure out what a shutdown would mean for them.
Fewer Russian Adoptions Since Mom Sends Son Back
It's been a year since the adoptive mother of a 7-year-old Russian boy returned him to Moscow. The incident nearly ruined the adoption of Anastasia Tomlinson by a couple in Tennessee. Hers is one of roughly 1,000 Russian adoptions in 2010 by U.S. families, a more than 30 percent drop from 2009.
New York City School Chancellor Quits
Michele Norris talks with reporter Beth Fertig of member station WNYC about Thursday's surprise announcement that Cathie Black is stepping down as chancellor of the New York City schools. Black's appointment three months ago stunned many because she had no background in education, and her brief tenure was marked by missteps and low public approval ratings.
Oil A Major Prize In Fight For Control Of Libya
Libyan rebels and forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi have been in a vicious tug of war over the country's main oil ports. But even if one side in the conflict could hold on to the area near an oil terminal, that doesn't mean the oil would start flowing. There are security and technical challenges.
Activists Say Egyptian Military Continues Repression
When Egypt's revolution drove former President Hosni Mubarak from office, the military stepped in to oversee the country's transition to democracy. Now, activists accuse the military of continuing the harsh practices of Mubarak's security forces and replacing Egypt's legal system with its own brand of justice.
Review: 'All The Time In The World'
E.L. Doctorow, author of the novels Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, is a master of the long-form narrative. But his latest effort, called All the Time in the World, is a collection of short fiction.