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  • Abu Ghraib Prison Closing, Prisoners Moving
    The United States military says it will start moving thousands of prisoners out of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison to a new facility near Baghdad's airport. The goal is to hand over the facility to Iraqi authorities as soon as possible.
  • Ports Showdown Averted, White House Relieved
    A Persian Gulf shipping company that had hoped to take over terminal operations at six American ports has backed out of the deal. The announcement may have averted a major showdown between the White House and Republican members of Congress who opposed the transaction.
  • Government Report Questions N.Y.-N.J. Ports
    A report by the Department of Homeland Security criticizes lax screening of truck drivers by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The report says drivers using phony documents, or having criminal records, have received passes to work at ports operated by the authority, compromising security.
  • Pioneering the Future of Personal Data
    Jeff Jonas, chief scientist with IBM's Entity Analytic Solutions, talks about the future of privacy protection. Jonas has pioneered technology that allows companies to continue sharing massive amounts of personal data with fewer risks of abuse.
  • O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts
    Newly retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor took on conservative Republican critics of the courts in a speech Thursday. She told an audience at Georgetown University that Republican proposals, and their sometimes uncivil tone, pose a danger to the independence of the judiciary, and the freedoms of all Americans.
  • New Probe to Rendezvous with Mars
    If all goes well, a powerful, new space probe will arrive Friday at Mars. As the name suggests, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will not land on the surface. It's designed to view the entire planet from an altitude of about 200 miles. But first it has to arrive safely, and that's been no easy feat for missions to Mars.
  • First Female President Takes Office in Chile
    Chile's first female president, Michelle Bachelet, takes office on Saturday. Bachelet is a socialist pediatrician who was a political prisoner during the right-wing government of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is attending the inauguration.
  • Composers' Manuscripts Head for Juilliard
    A treasure trove of composers' manuscripts has been donated to Juilliard. The music school's collection of 139 priceless documents includes works by Beethoven, Brahms and Handel. Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the collection's significance.
  • Foreclosures Rise with Slowing Housing Market
    With the housing market cooling off in some parts of the country, foreclosures are becoming more common. Steve Inskeep talks with Bill Brennan, director of the Home Defense Program of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, about the reasons behind record foreclosures in Atlanta.
  • New Tax Credit Benefits Buyers of Hybrid Cars
    If you're contemplating buying a hybrid, this might be a good year to do it. In an effort to boost sales of the vehicles, Congress last year approved legislation giving consumers who buy hybrids a break on their 2006 federal income taxes: a new tax credit that could total more than $3,000. But while the new law provides additional incentive for car buyers to go green, it's also complicated.

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