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  • Oil Firms Seek To Prove They Can Contain Spills
    A year after the blowout at BP's Macondo oil well, the government is starting to issue drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico again. But the bar for such permits has been raised substantially: Drillers must prove they can contain an out-of-control well if something goes wrong. In response, two huge efforts to create containment systems were launched.
  • Syrian Government Forces Fire On Protesters
    The Syrian government's crackdown against demonstrators hasn't deterred them from taking to the streets. There are reports that security forces have fired on a large protest in the country's third-largest city Homs. Philip Sands, of The National, and English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, talks to Renee Montagne about the protests.
  • White-Collar Criminals Weave New 'Tangled Webs'
    Journalist James B. Stewart admits in his new book that lying isn't by any means new, but argues that "concerted, deliberate lying by a different class of criminal — sophisticated, educated, affluent ... threatens to swamp the legal system and undermine the prosecution of white-collar crime."
  • 'Portal 2': A Student Video Game, All Grown Up
    The puzzle game Portal went from humble beginnings as a student project to become a hit beloved by critics and gamers alike. This week, Valve releases the sequel, Portal 2. Fans of the original loved its music, and the enemy's ploy of promising cake.
  • FAA Jarred Awake By Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers
    Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt is meeting with controllers nationwide about an issue that has gotten the agency a lot of unwanted publicity lately: sleeping on the job. Babbitt says it won't be tolerated, but controllers say it's a common problem with no easy answer.
  • 'LA Times' Story Wins Pulitzer, Community Applause
    The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitizer Prizes Monday. One was for its exposure of deep-seated corruption in the poor city of Bell, Calif. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives investigated how much city officials in Bell made. The city manager there was making $1.5 million.
  • Gold Panda: Breaking Down Found Sound
    The British producer tells us the stories behind every little sample he used to make his song "You."
  • Ticketmaster To Roll Out Variable Pricing
    Nationwide ticket seller Ticketmaster has announced plans to roll out a new system this year. It's called flexible, or variable, pricing. It means tickets prices for concerts and other events would vary, depending on demand. Airlines and some sports teams already use a similar system.
  • Volkswagen Unveils New Manlier Beetle
    Volkswagen showed off its new more masculine Beetle Monday. The vehicle has been reconfigured to make it a little less of a cute bug and more of a sports car.
  • Automakers Try To Sell Government On Fuel Cell Cars
    Major U.S. automakers say the Obama administration's skepticism about whether hydrogen cars are viable is unwarranted. They insist the vehicles are ready for prime time and are urging the government not to cut funding for development.

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