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Friday, May 9, 2008

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  • Can Obama Be Called the 'Presumptive Nominee'?
    Several more superdelegates threw their support behind Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama on Friday, all but erasing the once-substantial lead of his rival, Hillary Clinton. Political analysts E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times say the race is essentially over.
  • Russia Displays Military Might at Parade
    Tanks and missiles rolled across Red Square for the first time since the end of communism during the annual Victory Day parade Friday. Despite the show, experts say the Russian military is in a dreadful state, crippled by widespread corruption, brutal beating of conscripts and a lack of equipment.
  • How to Pack Everything You Own in One Bag
    Now that many airlines are charging for a second checked bag, one packing expert reveals tricks travelers can use to pack everything they need in one checked bag. He says the key is to draw up a list and bundle wrap clothes.
  • Just Mom and Me and Chuck E. Cheese
    Across the country, sons and daughters are scrambling to find gifts for Mother's Day on Sunday — perhaps flowers, cards or chocolates. But 18-year-old Natalie Marquez, from Curie Youth Radio in Chicago, has something else for her mother: a memory.
  • Global Pool of Money Got Too Hungry
    NPR's Adam Davidson and This American Life's Alex Blumberg jointly report on how rising defaults on subprime mortgages in the U.S. became a global financial crisis. This American Life host Ira Glass talks with Michele Norris about this first ever collaboration.
  • Bust Likely Won't Stop Drug Use on Campus
    Final exams start next week at San Diego State University, but dozens of students won't be in class. They face prosecution on drug-related charges after an unprecedented bust on campus. Still, some students and experts say this week's crackdown is not likely to change a thing. Andrew Phelps reports for member station KPBS in San Diego.
  • Elvis, bin Laden and Hitler Join Mission to Mars
    A Mars spacecraft carrying a DVD of thousands of names was intended to increase public interest in space missions. But the unintended consequence was lasting space memorials to Donald Duck, John Lennon, Adolf Hitler and Malcolm X.
  • Groups Scramble to Get Aid to Myanmar Survivors
    Despite troubles with Myanmar's military rulers, U.N. World Food Program spokesman Paul Riley says the agency has 240 staffers on the ground hurriedly working with government ministries to get aid to survivors of the cyclone. The agency fears running out of time.
  • Professor: Myanmar Sees Its Identity at Stake
    Bridget Welsh, assistant professor of Southeast Asian studies at Johns Hopkins University, talks about the military government of Myanmar and why it's been so reluctant to accept outside assistance in the aftermath of the cyclone.
  • Citigroup, AIG Dampen Wall Street's Optimism
    Investors have been growing cautiously optimistic in recent days that the worst of the credit crisis is over. But now, there's fresh evidence that there's still trouble looming. The insurance giant AIG announced a huge loss related to bad mortgage debt, and Citigroup, the nation's largest bank, is going to sell off some $400 billion in assets as it seeks to become more efficient.

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