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  • Obama Seeks To Mend Ties With Muslim World
    In a wide-ranging speech in Cairo Thursday, President Obama called for a new beginning in relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. He urged Americans to set aside negative stereotypes about Islam and asked Muslims to take a more accurate view of the U.S.
  • Mixed Reaction In Cairo To Obama Speech
    President Obama's pledge to set U.S. relations with the Muslim world on a new footing was welcomed at Cairo University, the venue for his much-anticipated address to the Muslim world. Reaction to his remarks on various political issues was mixed, however.
  • At Video Games Expo, Focus Is On Ease Of Play
    It's the last day of E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Microsoft and Sony both showed off new "motion controls" they hope will compete with the Nintendo Wii. Ricardo Torres, editor in chief of, says the trends at the expo were accessibility and customization.
  • U.S. Envoy Tours Pakistan Refugee Camp
    U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke visited camps in Pakistan for those displaced by the government's offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Some 3 million Pakistanis have fled the war zone. Holbrooke expressed sympathy to those displaced by the fighting.
  • Actor David Carradine, Star Of 'Kung Fu,' Dies
    Actor David Carradine was found dead Thursday in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room. The actor was best known for his leading role in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. Carradine was in Thailand shooting a movie, one of well over a 100 filmed during a long, eclectic career.
  • Retirement When Union Pension Collapses
    Gregg Trunell, 43, began planning for an early retirement even before he began his career. Over the years, he and his wife put the maximum amount into their 401(k) plans, thousands more into IRAs and set 2011 as a target date for retiring. But now all bets are off. Trunell's union pension fund took a hit when the stock market plunged.
  • Rural Layoffs: Losing A Grip On Retirement
    As manufacturing plants leave rural towns, many workers close to retirement are left with diminished retirement savings and few options for new work. Randy Badman, 60, of DeWitt, Neb., was laid off three times in four years — and isn't sure how he'll fund his eventual retirement.
  • Derrick Rose Woes Highlights Hoops' Problems
    The University of Memphis men's basketball team won a record 38 games and made it all the way to the championship contest in 2008. Now, that triumphant run may be in jeopardy. The NCAA alleges the star of that team, guard Derrick Rose, didn't take his own SAT to get into Memphis. The case points out the special problems confronting men's basketball.
  • Do Apes Laugh When Tickled?
    Apes often make weird sounds when they're tickled, and a new study says these noises are related to human laughter. The researchers think laughter may have evolved from a primordial, laughlike sound made by a common ancestor of apes and humans.
  • On London's West End, 'Hamlet' With Human Skull
    The production bought the skull for $400 from a dealer in Salt Lake City. Barry Edelstein, director of The Public Theater Shakespeare Initiative, says this is not the first time a real skull has been used in a production of Shakespeare's play.

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