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  • Petreaus Picked To Lead 'Tough Fight' In Afghanistan
    President Obama has replaced his commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen David Petraeus, who moves over from U.S. Central Command. Petraeus keeps alive the counter-insurgency strategy, and he has the confidence of Congress as well as the White House.
  • Afghans Don't Expect Petraeus To Change Strategy
    Candace Rondeaux of the International Crisis Group talks to Renee Montagne about what the change in U.S. command means in Afghanistan, and how it will play among Afghans. Rondeaux is the group's senior analyst in Kabul.
  • Despite Spill, Louisiana Remains Wedded To Oil
    No other state in the lower 48 depends on the oil business more than Louisiana. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has been heavily taxing oil companies to pay for public services. But the trade-off has been costly, even before the great oil spill of 2010.
  • Changing Tastes Drive Shift In Beer Sales
    A troubled jobs market is depressing overall beer consumption. Industry giants are hoping to regain sales with new packaging and ad campaigns, but smaller craft beers catering to more sophisticated palates are posting healthy gains.
  • U.S. Advances After Late Goal Against Algeria
    The United States has moved on to the next round of the World Cup in stunningly dramatic fashion. A goal by Landon Donovan in the 91st minute gave the Americans a 1-0 victory over Algeria. The team was only a few moments from elimination. A tie would have knocked the U.S. out of the tournament.
  • Car Dealers May Escape Scrutiny Of Consumer Loans
    If the dealers win this battle, it would cap a long and costly lobbying campaign. As one critical part of that campaign, the auto dealers present themselves as part of Main Street with no ties to the high finances of Wall Street, but that image is more nostalgia than reality.
  • Bloomberg's Coalition Pushes Immigration Changes
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is announcing a coalition of business leaders and city mayors to fight for an overhaul of immigration policy. Bloomberg has been advocating new immigration rules for years. His new coalition includes CEOs of top companies like Hewlett Packard, Walt Disney, Boeing and Marriott.
  • Truckers On A Roll: Freight Business Accelerating
    The American Trucking Associations reports that freight traffic has climbed steadily since late last year. This April was almost 10 percent better than a year earlier, according to the ATA. Business has reached pre-recession levels -- and times are so good that some trucking companies can't keep up with demand.
  • Manufacturers Enjoy 5 Straight Quarters Of Growth
    As the economy recovers, so is American manufacturing. Recent reports show increases in manufacturing orders and shipments. But that isn't translating into large numbers of new factory jobs.
  • Corvette Named Kentucky's Official Sports Car
    Kentucky's governor has declared the Chevrolet Corvette the official state sports car. The GM plant in Bowling Green, Ky., is now the only place where Corvettes are manufactured. The plant almost went under last year but now workers are busy filling orders.

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