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Monday, June 11, 2012

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  • Syrian Fighting Spreads From City To City
    The Free Syrian Army launched what many say was the first coordinated rebel attack in Damascus last Friday. The capital appeared quiet on Monday, but heavy fighting was reported in two cities in central Syria.
  • Spain Becomes 4th Eurozone Country To Get Bailout
    Finance ministers over the weekend agreed to lend a hand to Spain — up to $125 billion, specifically — to save it from collapse. Before this move, there was widespread fear that Spain's banking crisis could have a devastating impact on the global economy. But is the nightmare over?
  • Health Care Decision Hinges On A Crucial Clause
    Constitutional scholars know there's much more at stake in the Supreme Court's decision on the Obama health care overhaul than one election. The case could mark a major turning point in the way the Supreme Court interprets the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Nadal Wins 7th French Open; NBA Finals Set To Begin
    At the French Open today, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic for his record seventh French title. Meanwhile, the NBA finals are set to start Tuesday night as the Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • Doctors Deploy Shots And Drugs Against Whooping Cough Outbreak
    Some 338 people have been infected with whooping cough in Oregon this year. But that's just a small fraction of the number of cases the state of Washington is reporting. Health experts say the booster shot is not 100 percent effective at preventing the disease, but people who have it are far less likely to get sick.
  • To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm
    Soaring rates of allergies among children in recent decades have researchers puzzled. One theory says we're too clean, so kids' immune systems never learn how to deal with foreign invaders — even the harmless ones. Researchers now hope they'll find some answers by studying kids on farms.
  • In India, A Different Kind Of Austerity
    The attempt to reel in departmental spending on things like hotel space and foreign travel may seem like window dressing, but voters see government largesse as a right. Analysts say the efforts are unlikely to make much of a dent in India's $91 billion deficit.
  • For Uninsured In Ore., A Flat Fee For Health Care
    In Oregon, lawmakers recently loosened regulations on insurance, allowing so-called retainer medical clinics. These are medical practices that charge member patients a set monthly fee for basic medical care and don't accept insurance.
  • Man Traverses Spain For Charity
    Oscar Rando of Spain is losing weight by walking and running the full length of Spain — almost 2,000 miles. Sponsors are donating about $3 to charity for every gram of fat he loses. For some perspective, there are 454 grams in a pound. The charity he chose — Gats — helps disadvantaged local people find jobs, something much needed in Spain, where the unemployment rate is 25 percent. Rando has lost more than 50 pounds.
  • Looking To The Future, Libya Erases Part Of Its Past
    Moammar Gadhafi dominated the country for decades, and replacing his idiosyncratic rule is still a work in progress. It involves everything from removing exhibits at the national museum to revamping the way the oil industry is run.

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