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Monday, December 28, 2009

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  • How Did Terror Suspect Elude Security?
    The 23-year-old Nigerian who was arrested Christmas Day for trying to blow up a Northwest aircraft as it prepared to land in Detroit was known to U.S. authorities. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had been placed on a watch list after his father notified U.S. authorities in November about his son's extreme views. Newsweek investigative correspondent Mark Hosenball, who has been reporting on how Abdulmutallab was able to elude security officials, offers his insight.
  • Bomb Suspect's Motives Baffle Family, Friends
    The family of the 23-year-old Nigerian man held after a failed Christmas Day attempt to set off an explosive device on a plane en route to Detroit issued its first formal statement Monday, describing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's recent behavior as entirely out of character. But his father told authorities two months ago that his son had cut off contact with his family.
  • Data Show Retailers Had Good Holiday Sales
    The holiday shopping season ended fairly well for U.S. merchants, according to some early data. Retail sales rose an estimated 3.6 percent during the 2009 holiday season, compared with a year earlier. The figures were helped by online shopping and the purchase of electronics.
  • Ex-Hedge Fund Analyst Finds Calling On YouTube
    These days, you can learn just about anything from a YouTube video: tying a bow tie, playing the piano or learning math. Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst turned online tutor, has produced more than 1,000 YouTube videos ranging from basic multiplication of fractions to polynomial approximation of functions.
  • Undocumented Teen's School, Work Options Limited
    High school graduation marked a dead end for 18-year-old tenor sax player Sam, whose parents brought him to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 5. They overstayed their visas, and now he's dealing with the consequences of his undocumented status.
  • Letters: Underwater Mortgages, Reading
    Listeners respond to the story on underwater mortgages, and the reading of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows.
  • Nowell Briscoe: Archivist Of Death Revisits The Past
    Nowell Briscoe has been collecting obituaries for more than 50 years. He started when he was 7 years old and living in Monroe, Ga., and he continues to add to his collection daily. Briscoe says it allows him to visit the past — and keep those who have died alive in the present.
  • Year Of Iranian Discontent Continues Into 2010
    In 2009, an outburst of protest after presidential elections has presented the Islamic government of Iran with its greatest challenge in 30 years. The protest also complicates U.S. efforts to engage with Iran, one of the Obama administration's toughest international issues.
  • Examining Impact Of Pirate Attacks
    Ship hijackings and hostage-takings carried out earlier this year by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden dominated the news. Peter Pham, senior fellow at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, discusses the rising numbers of pirate attacks despite the U.S.-led naval efforts to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia.
  • Civil Rights Lawyer Percy Sutton Dies
    Civil Rights lawyer Percy Sutton has died at the age of 89. Over a long career, Sutton served as an attorney for Malcolm X, a mentor to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and to New York Gov. David Paterson. New York City's former Mayor David Dinkins says both he and Congressman Charles Rangel might not have gained their positions of influence had Sutton not paved the way.

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