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  • Obama Meets with Clinton After Va. Campaign Stop
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had a private meeting Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The former rivals discussed ways to unify their campaigns. Obama also spent Thursday campaigning in Virginia. The last time Democrats won Virginia in a presidential election was 1964.
  • Obama Bans DNC from Taking Lobbyists' Money
    Presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama tells the Democratic National Committee to eschew all contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees. Obama has spurned money from lobbyists and PACs ever since he declared for president.
  • Despite Loss, Clinton's Success a Stride for Women
    Commentator Judy Muller didn't vote for Hillary Clinton. But she still sees Clinton's presidential campaign as a huge step forward for American women. Muller also says it brings back memories of an earlier landmark campaign, when Geraldine Ferraro was the Democratic nominee for vice president.
  • RFK's Shooting Turned Photographer into Historian
    Photojournalist Bill Eppridge was following Sen. Robert Kennedy into the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel when shots rang out. Despite a request for photographers to leave, he remained in the room, sensing he should document the moment.
  • Rowling's Harvard Speech Doesn't Entrance All
    J.K. Rowling gave the commencement address at Harvard on Thursday. While some graduates were giddy to hear from the Harry Potter author, others grumbled. They noted that Harvard is known for inviting heavy hitters, like Bill Gates, to address students.
  • Builders See Profit, Promise Along Karachi Coast
    Karachi is attracting huge investments from wealthy Persian Gulf developers whose luxury projects seem to multiply along the city's coastline. But some local builders say developers should do more to help the city's poor with housing.
  • Automakers Advance Fuel-Cell Cars
    Toyota said Friday that it has a new fuel cell vehicle that can go for more than 500 miles on a single tank of hydrogen. Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit no pollution — only water — and are seen as the next big thing in green car technology.
  • 8.5 Million Out of Work in May as Jobless Rate Soars
    The unemployment rate jumped by half a percentage point in May, with 8.5 million people out of work last month. It's the largest monthly increase since February of 1986. The Labor Department numbers are further evidence that the country may be in a recession.
  • Analysis: Economic Hurdles Facing Next President
    Host Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal about what kind of economy the next president will inherit. They also discuss what presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama or John McCain might be able to do about it.
  • Watermelon Gets Premium Price in Japan
    In Japan, a country with a unique market in luxury fruit, a black-skinned watermelon sold for $6,100. An official at a Japanese agricultural co-op says it's the highest price ever paid for a watermelon — though a pair of cantaloupes sold last month for $23,500.

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