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  • Obama Taps Army Leader As New Joint Chiefs Head
    President Obama is expected to nominate Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Admiral Mike Mullen.
  • Ex-Minister: 'Grave Damage' To Pakistan's Ethos
    Former Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that U.S. accusations against his country after the death of Osama bin Laden have changed its psyche. He says Pakistanis are the victims of homegrown terrorism, giving them ample room for introspection.
  • Mexican Cartels Spread Violence To Central America
    While drug trafficking is not new to the region, the volume of drugs and levels of violence have increased in recent years. In Guatemala, experts warn that the volatile mix of a weak state, powerful drug traffickers, lots of weapons and intractable poverty could cause a collapse.
  • Lady Gaga Sells Latest Album Everywhere, And For Cheap
    Ann Powers says the 99 cents Amazon charged for Born This Way helps Gaga's "plan to dominate popular culture."
  • To Make A Memorable Meal, Start With A Memory
    It's easy enough to make a meal delicious, but how do you make it memorable? A supper club called Sensorium set out to do just that, using a little memory science to engage all the senses in the service of the palate.
  • Greek Finances Under Scrutiny
    Debt inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission will be checking this week to see whether Greece has met the criteria for the next loan installment from a huge bailout. The deal, worked out last year, is worth about $155 billion.
  • Finding New Uses For Troubled Golf Courses
    Dozens of golf courses have closed in Florida in recent years, leaving communities with a dilemma: what to do with the vacant land? Some have been turned into parks, some have been developed and some towns have begun operating the courses themselves.
  • Thinking Big: Qatar Goes For Largest Monopoly Game
    The tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar is hoping to go where others haven't gone before. This coming weekend, officials at the Doha Trade Fair are organizing an attempt to build the world's largest Monopoly game. The board will be well over 1,500 square feet.
  • Obama Tours Devastation In Joplin, Mo.
    President Obama visited Joplin, Mo., on Sunday as the town begins cleaning up after a tornado killed more than 135 people and counting. The president toured the flattened ruin before attending a memorial.
  • Facebook Has Powerful Friends; Will Users Suffer?
    The company owns a huge amount of information about a huge number of people — more than 600 million. As the relationship between the site and the political establishment blossoms, the rules for what the company can do with that information are still being written.

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