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  • In 2012 GOP Race, Climate Policy Is A Non-Issue
    After former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman kicks off his presidential bid Tuesday, his campaign isn't expected to focus on greenhouse gases. But like other Republicans, Huntsman once called for cap-and-trade policies. His stance reflects a shift in focus, within his party and among voters.
  • Climate Change: Public Skeptical, Scientists Sure
    A recent poll asked citizens to estimate how climate scientists feel about global warming. Only 13 percent of Americans correctly answered that about 97 percent of American scientists say that climate change is happening.
  • Will Kenyan Superhighway Also Benefit China?
    Chinese companies are building a superhighway in Kenya to help expand the economy. The project is building good will and helping Chinese businesses penetrate the continent. But there's a downside to the growing Chinese presence: an influx of counterfeit goods and a rise in poaching.
  • Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism
    History buffs are visiting famous Civil War battle sites such as Gettysburg and Bull Run this year, to mark the 150th anniversary of the war's beginning. Missouri would like some of that attention; only two states have more Civil War battle sites.
  • Chairman Sheila Bair To Leave FDIC Next Month
    Sheila Bair has won bipartisan support and praise for her work as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Her five-year term ends next month, and she has said she doesn't want to be reappointed. Bair talks to Renee Montagne about leading the FDIC through the financial crisis, and what she sees as the biggest challenges for the banking industry going forward.
  • Not Just Dot-Com, But Dot-Yournamehere
    The organization that controls website names says it will allow almost any word to be used in Internet address suffixes. It would be most attractive to companies that want new ways to exploit their investment in a brand. The fee is $185,000.
  • Demand For Corn Outstrips Supply, Hikes Prices
    Corn prices have been rising, and a report from Bloomberg says global corn stockpiles are down to lows not seen since 1974. Despite good harvests, consumers around the world are demanding more corn for food, fuel and to feed livestock. Worries about supply are also driving up prices, prompting traders to pay more.
  • Supreme Court Blocks Climate Change Lawsuit
    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a global warming lawsuit brought by Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa and California against five major power companies. The case is being called the court's most important environmental ruling in years.
  • When Airfares Vary Wildly, Where Are The Deals?
    Climbing oil prices have led to higher airfares this summer. But not all passengers pay the same rate. Scott Mayerowitz, who covers airlines for The Associated Press, offers some tips on how to find a good fare.
  • Spirit Airlines To Tack On Printing Fee
    Spirit Airlines says it will soon start charging customers if a gate agent has to print out their boarding pass. Starting in November, it'll cost $5 for that service. The airline wants people to print their boarding passes at home, so the company saves money.

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