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  • Clinton Wins Kentucky; Obama Takes Oregon
    The Democratic presidential rivals split Tuesday's primary races. Sen. Hillary Clinton won big in Kentucky, but Sen. Barack Obama's victory in Oregon pushed him closer to the nomination.
  • McCain Courts Cuban Vote in Florida Visit
    Sen. John McCain pays a visit to a reliable Republican voting bloc, addressing Cuban-American voters in Miami. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee hopes anti-Castro sentiment will help him carry Florida in November's general election.
  • Afghanistan Unveils Ambitious Development Plan
    Next month, Afghanistan will present a $50 billion strategy to rebuild the country. But given allegations of corruption, mismanagement and weak local governance, Western officials say the government still must prove it is capable of administering the five-year plan.
  • Cancer Claims Carter Aide Hamilton Jordan
    Hamilton Jordan helped Jimmy Carter win the presidency, then served as his White House chief of staff. Later, he dabbled in third-party politics, working on Ross Perot's presidential campaign. And for the last 20 years of his life, he battled cancer. He lost that fight Tuesday at 63.
  • Furman Faculty Balk at Bush Appearance
    President Bush is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Furman University on May 31. But faculty members at the South Carolina school are leading opposition to the visit, citing objections to his administration's policies on Iraq.
  • Chinese Journalists Grasp New Freedoms
    The deadly earthquake in Sichuan province has offered many Chinese journalists unprecedented freedom to report the story. But an increasingly open reporting environment does not appear to extend to political coverage.
  • Are Chinese Leaders Opening Up?
    What does response to the earthquake in Sichuan province and other newsworthy events tell us about the direction of China's political leadership? Jeff Wasserstrom, a professor at the University of California Irvine, says China is trying to seize a chance to present a more open face to its people and the world.
  • Toyota Leads Race for 'Green' Cars
    The sale of the one-millionth Prius emphasizes Toyota's early lead in hybrid vehicle sales. But Honda plans to introduce a low-cost hybrid car in the U.S. market early next year. And Nissan and GM will follow a year later.
  • Economic Forecast: Expensive Oil, Weak Dollar
    As oil prices have doubled in the past year, hitting $129 a barrel Tuesday, the U.S. dollar has declined. Many forecasters predict oil prices will continue to climb. And budget deficits, weak employment growth and unstable financial markets are likely to keep the dollar weak.
  • Taxes Help Pump Up Chicago Gas Prices
    As gas prices continue to soar, some of the highest pump prices in the country can be found in Chicago. State and local taxes on gasoline contribute to average prices that recently surpassed $4 a gallon.

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