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  • Despite Warnings, North Korea Readies Rocket
    North Korea says a three-stage rocket on the launch pad will carry a weather satellite into space. The launch is intended to mark the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder, but the move has been condemned by the United Nations, the United States and North Korea's neighbors.
  • Should Alleged Cole Bomber's Testimony Be Secret?
    The man accused of masterminding the bombing in 2000 is expected to testify Wednesday about the more than four years he spent in secret CIA prisons. And that's why, critics argue, the government is trying to ensure that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri's testimony be heard in secret.
  • Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia's Coast
    A huge earthquake shook the ocean floor off the coast of Indonesia Wednesday. Early measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey give it a strength of 8.7. Surrounding nations have issued tsunami warnings.
  • Campaign Season Revives Buffett Rule Debate
    The general election campaign between President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is heating up. In Florida Tuesday, Obama highlighted what Democrats consider a major vulnerability for Romney — the relatively low taxes he's paid on a multimillion dollar income.
  • Would The Buffett Rule Help The U.S. Economy?
    Some economists are skeptical that a new minimum tax on people with incomes over $1 million will do much to bring down the deficit or boost the economy. But others say the economy could actually benefit from the proposed rule.
  • New Season, New Owners For Los Angeles Dodgers
    The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their home season Tuesday. The baseball team has new ownership and faces a number of challenges — including luring fans back to a stadium where a visiting Giants fan was beaten nearly to death last year.
  • Competition Heats Up To Head World Bank
    The World Bank is expected to announce its new president in the next several days. For the past six decades, the bank has been led by an American. President Obama has already nominated Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim for the job. But for the first time in its more than 60-year history, there is serious international competition for the job.
  • To Some Hindus, Modern Yoga Has Lost Its Way
    Millions of Americans practice some form of yoga. But some Hindus say yoga in the U.S. has strayed too far from its spiritual roots. One Hindu group has even launched a "Take Back Yoga" campaign.
  • Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Abruptly Resigns
    After years of flagging sales, the embattled consumer electronics chain finds itself leaderless. Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn abruptly resigned Tuesday after the company launched an investigation into his "personal conduct." No word from the chain on the specifics of their probe.
  • Wireless Industry Tries To Thwart Smartphone Thefts
    The wireless phone industry has a plan to take the profit out of the market for stolen smartphones. At the urging of police chiefs across the country and federal regulators, the industry is developing a database of stolen devices.

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