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  • Contact Group To Focus On Syrian Political Transition
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed she will attend Saturday's meeting in Geneva of a new contact group on Syria. The meeting is aimed at halting the violence and facilitating a political transition in Damascus. Clinton's decision to attend came after Iran was dropped from the meeting, organized by special envoy Kofi Annan.
  • In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters
    The Muslim merchants of the country's most famous bazaar, Hamidiyah, have traditionally backed President Bashar Assad. But the government's brutal response to the uprising, coupled with crippling economic sanctions, is eroding that support.
  • Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches
    The beef industry is shaped like a bottle: It starts at the bottom with 750,000 small ranches and ends with just four meatpacking plants processing about 82 percent of the beef we eat.
  • Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them
    Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has written extensively on Asian immigrants' assimilation into American culture. The American dream, he says, is defined by the ability to imagine a future, and then have hope of fulfilling it.
  • FX Welcomes Sheen Back To TV, But Will Viewers?
    Charlie Sheen will return to television in Anger Management Thursday night on FX. Until last year, Sheen was the lead on CBS's Two and a Half Men, the most popular TV sitcom. His erratic behavior forced CBS to fire him. Critic Eric Deggans, of the Tampa Bay Times, asks will people want to watch more Charlie Sheen?
  • FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug In More Than A Decade
    The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to Belviq, a twice-a-day pill that suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin. The agency had previously rejected the drug over concerns about safety.
  • Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants
    Since a massive earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactors just over a year ago, Japan has closed all of its nuclear power plants. Despite public opposition, Japan has announced it will restart two of them by the end of July, ahead of summer's increased power demand.
  • JPMorgan May Suffer Even Deeper Losses
    JPMorgan Chase announced last month that it had lost $2 billion on a bad trade. Bank CEO Jamie Dimon had said that the losses could double. And now, The New York Times reports the losses could reach as much as $9 billion.
  • Tentative Deal On Transportation Reached
    House and Senate negotiators are said to have reached a deal to fund highway projects for the next two years. The latest temporary highway bill extension is set to expire Saturday, and for weeks negotiators have been trying to smooth out the differences between House and Senate versions.
  • News Corp. To Announce Company Split
    The board of directors at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. reportedly has approved a plan that calls for splitting the media conglomerate into two separate companies. The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp., says one company will be for the newspaper business, and the other for entertainment operations.

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