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  • Hundreds Of Syrians Flee Across Turkey's Border
    As Syria's uprising has moved north, the government has lost control of a large swath of the country bordering Turkey. And there are reports of thousands of Syrian troops massing to retake the region. Owen Bennett Jones, a reporter with the BBC, talks to Linda Wertheimer about what refugees are saying.
  • Turkish Border Town Feels Effects Of Syrian Unrest
    The economies of Aleppo, Syria's northern business center, and Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, have been stalled by Syria's protest movement and the government's violent response. The events in Syria could lead Turkey to get tough against its ally.
  • In Heart Of Amazon, A Natural Lab To Study Diseases
    Dengue fever has returned to Iquitos, Peru. Researchers are studying the disease's migration by tracking mosquitoes and taking health surveys of the community. They're hoping the city-size experiment will help them understand what works best to stop the disease from spreading.
  • 'Livestrong' Stadium Tries To Dodge Doping Drama
    Kansas City's Major League Soccer team will soon play in the new Livestrong Sporting Park, named after the cancer foundation started by Lance Armstrong. Investors will donate a portion of revenues to cancer research, but some say the cyclist's doping allegations may cancel out any benefits.
  • FDA Warns Against High Doses Of Cholesterol Drug
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a popular cholesterol drug can cause muscle damage at high doses. The FDA is telling patients to see their doctor if they're taking the highest dose of Zocor, known generically as simvastatin.
  • Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Health Care Law
    A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the health care overhaul. Twenty-six states are challenging the law. The panel will decide whether to reverse a Florida judge's ruling that struck down big parts of the overhaul.
  • California Could Make The Dream Act A Reality
    California could give state-funded financial aid to undocumented immigrants in college. The bill, called the California Dream Act, is working its way through the state legislature. Proponents say kids who arrived illegally shouldn't be punished for their parents' decisions. Opponents say the state can't afford the benefit, and that it will only lead to more illegal immigration.
  • Hackers Break Into Citigroup's Bank Card Data
    Citigroup says the hackers got hold of data from about 1 percent of its card accounts. Citigroup is one of the largest card issuers, with about 21 million accounts in North America. The breach happened in May, but the bank disclosed it only after questioning by the Financial Times newspaper.
  • Senate Agrees To Cut In Debit Card Fees
    How much you pay when you swipe your debit card will now be capped by the Federal Reserve. That's despite an effort in the Senate to delay new regulations over how much banks can charge for debit card transactions. Both banks — which collect those so-called swipe fees — and retailers — who pay them — mounted an intense lobbying effort.
  • 401(k) Fees Can Shave Thousands From Nest Egg
    Millions of Americans use 401(k) accounts to save for retirement. But the employer-based plans often include mutual funds and other investments that have high fees and hidden expenses. New York Times columnist Ron Lieber offers some tips for workers.

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