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  • How Will The Gulf Oil Spill Affect Human Health?
    Although oil spills are fairly common, few have been studied for toxic effects on humans. Now health experts are meeting in New Orleans to discuss potential health implications. Scientists agree that mental stress on individuals and communities is a primary problem, and can lead to physical disorders as well as PTSD and depression.
  • Obama Postpones Energy Meeting With Senators
    President Obama was scheduled to meet with senators from both parties to talk about energy Wednesday. Instead, he will meet with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose comments to Rolling Stone magazine launched a firestorm of criticism. While an energy and climate bill was introduced in the Senate last month, it has failed to move forward. Sen. John Kerry, a co-sponsor of that bill, talks to Steve Inskeep about the wrangling over energy legislation.
  • Fugitive Drug Lord Arrested In Jamaica
    Authorities in Jamaica say reputed drug lord Christopher Coke is behind bars. Attempts by the United States to extradite Coke triggered violence in Kingston in May that claimed the lives of 76 people.
  • Death Row Inmate Gets Chance To Prove Innocence
    Troy Anthony Davis was convicted in 1991 of killing a Savannah, Ga., police officer. But his lawyers say seven of the nine witnesses who ID'd him as the killer have recanted or changed their testimony. On Wednesday, Davis will get to present this evidence in court, after the Supreme Court ordered a federal judge to hear his new claims.
  • Race-Based Team Names Not Tolerated In Wisconsin
    School team nicknames like the Chieftains and Braves may soon be a thing of the past in Wisconsin, where a new law allows the state to ban race-based mascots and logos. If a complaint is upheld, school districts face fines of up to $1,000 a day. But residents disagree over whether the new law is needed.
  • Tom Cruise And Hollywood's Superstar Crisis
    Once, Tom Cruise was a marquee name. Then he was a late-night joke. Now Hollywood is hoping he can jump-start a wan summer at the box office. But even as Cruise reboots his career, some in the movie business wonder if the age of the star vehicle is drawing to a close.
  • Tom Cruise, Firmly In Control In 'Knight And Day'
    Think Tom Cruise's movie-star luster was lost forever after the actor jumped on Oprah's couch -- and, some said, off the deep end? Think again. Cruise is in top action-hero form in Knight And Day, a spy-vs.-spy comedy that critic Kenneth Turan calls "the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer."
  • Twihards Camp Out In L.A. For 'Eclipse' Premiere
    Hundreds of fans are camped out in downtown Los Angeles for Thursday's premiere of the latest installment of The Twilight Saga. The movie opens nationwide next week.
  • Hulu Hunts For Content For Its Paid Service
    Free video website Hulu.com reportedly is talking with CBS, Viacom and Time Warner about adding paid content to Hulu's website. Hulu has become successful over the past three years by offering video for free. According to Bloomberg News, the new service would offer paying customers more content, and it may lead to more ads in its free shows.
  • Chicago Mayor Favors Wal-Mart Expansion
    For years, officials in Chicago, with the support of labor and community groups, have been fighting with Wal-Mart -- only allowing one of the giant retailer's stores inside the city's borders. Wal-Mart now is offering to pay potential Chicago employees a higher minimum wage to break the stalemate. A proposal to build several dozen Chicago stores has the backing of Mayor Richard Daley.

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