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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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  • Afghan Intel Deputy Killed In Suicide Attack
    Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence was among at least 23 people killed Wednesday in a suicide bombing east of Kabul. The killing highlights the Taliban's increasing ability to carry off complex and targeted attacks.
  • U.N. Says Afghan Opium Production Down
    The 2009 Afghan Opium Survey by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reports that opium production is down by 10 percent and prices are at a 10-year low. Vanda Felbab-Brown, a fellow at the Brookings Institution about, says the figures can be attributed more to market adjustment and less to counternarcotic efforts.
  • Colleges Ramp Up Efforts To Hold On To Students
    As many as half of all students who attend college might never complete their degrees — and many schools view that as a crisis. At Millersville University outside Lancaster, Pa., retention is a priority — from bonding with students at orientation to spotting depression and risk factors.
  • Texas May Have Executed Innocent Man
    Texas put Cameron Todd Willingham to death by lethal injection on Feb. 17, 2004, for the murder of his three children by arson in 1991. David Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker, has presented evidence of Willingham's innocence. He says experts later said the original arson investigators based their conclusions on "folklore" and discredited forensic evidence.
  • Boeing's 'Dreamliner' Is Causing Some Headaches
    To build the 787, Boeing took two giant leaps. First, it created the structure not from metal, but from lightweight composite material. And second, it outsourced more than ever before. From the outset, those changes have created a lot of problems.
  • A Hitch For Rail Riders: Getting To Final Destination
    Congress has approved $8 billion to create high-speed-rail lines across the nation, but a fundamental problem persists: Lack of coordination between train service and local public transportation means passengers face obstacles getting from the station to their final destination.
  • Obama Tiptoeing Around Afghanistan Quagmire
    Conservative columnist George Will's call for a withdrawal from Afghanistan is an early voice in what soon may be many as U.S. public opinion turns against the war. For President Obama, it's getting to be quagmire time. Like President Johnson in Vietnam, he is faced with having to prosecute his predecessor's war.
  • ABC's Gibson Retires, Making Way For Sawyer
    Charles Gibson, the chief anchor of ABC's flagship newscast World News, has announced he will step down at the end of the year. Gibson, now 66, will be replaced by a familiar figure — Diane Sawyer, his 63-year-old former co-host on Good Morning America. Gibson stabilized World News and for a while brought it to a ratings lead.
  • Dozen NFL Teams Could Face TV Blackouts
    According to NFL rules, a pro-football game that is not sold out 72 hours before kickoff is blacked out on local television. Sports Business Journal reporter Daniel Kaplan says last season three teams — the Detroit Lions the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders — accounted for the nine games that were blacked out. This year, the number is up to 12 teams.
  • No Alcohol At Kentucky Bar
    A new bar is opening later this month with the works: TVs, pool table, frosty glasses, but no alcohol. John Sims, the owner of Bar None, talks about his vision for the beer-free bar in Lexington, Ky. He says you can get alcoholic drinks "anywhere," but there's no place that offers a bar-like atmosphere without alcohol.

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