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  • Foreclosure Influx Causes Backlog In Some States
    The rate at which foreclosures are processed varies widely depending on the state. In New York, for example, it's taking about three years on average, compared with three months in Texas. The difference often has to do with whether courts are overseeing the process.
  • Mississippi Builds Insurance Exchange, Even As It Fights Health Law
    Unlike Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and other conservative states in the South, Mississippi is well on its way to having an insurance exchange ready for operation by the 2014 deadline laid out by the health overhaul law.
  • Revisiting The Spark That Kindled The Syrian Uprising
    A year ago Sunday, protests were held in Daraa against the arrests and beatings of a group of young people who spray-painted graffiti on the walls of their school. And so began the uprising, which in some parts of Syria has turned into an armed insurgency and seen government troops respond with untold brutality.
  • With New Film, Obama Hopes For Viral Video Boost
    President Obama's re-election campaign has tried to master the recipe for viral videos with its new 17-minute offering, The Road We've Traveled. This biographical film is directly related to the kinds of movies that campaigns used to make for a party's nominating convention. Its goal is to ultimately reach undecided independent voters.
  • DNA Used To Identify Argentina's 'Dirty War' Orphans
    Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Francisco Goldman, of The New Yorker, about his article "Children of the Dirty War.'" More than 30 years ago in Argentina, children were stolen from their birth parents. it was a terror campaign waged by the military junta against members of the opposition.
  • 'Footnote' Takes On Ambition, Father-Son Rivalry
    Footnote is set in Jerusalem's Hebrew University and deals with the implacable rivalry between two scholars of the Talmud, the complex and sacred text of the Jewish religious tradition. These competitive scholars, the misanthropic Eliezer and the gregarious Uriel, also just happen to be father and son.
  • U.S. Regulators Probe Google's Privacy Issues
    The Federal Trade Commission is looking at complaints raised last month when it was discovered Google was bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browsers to track user activity on the web. The agency wants to know whether the company "misrepresented" its privacy policy.
  • Shell Picks Pittsburgh Area For Major Refinery
    The so-called ethane cracking, or "cracker," plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.
  • U.S. May Repeal Jackson-Vanik Amendment
    Once Russia joins the World Trade Organization, if Jackson-Vanik remains on the books, the U.S. will violate WTO rules. WTO members must grant each other permanent normal trade relations. Jackson- Vanik requires normal trade relations be granted to Russia only on an annual basis.
  • Russian Crooner Tries Again For U.S. Visa
    The U.S. has banned Joseph Kobzon from entering the country since 1995. Kobzon, who's also a member of the Russian parliament, says allegations that he has ties to the mob are baseless. Thousands of Russian-Americans have signed a petition asking that he be let into the U.S.

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