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  • Obama Takes Manufacturing Jobs Message To Iowa
    President Obama spoke at a manufacturing plant, where he talked about jobs and the future. Tuesday's speech was much like many he's delivered in recent months — except this one was in Iowa, where the 2012 campaign for president is well underway.
  • Solid Start Puts Bachmann In Front-Runner Territory
    A day after her formal announcement that she's running for president, Rep. Michele Bachmann headed to New Hampshire, touting her conservative credentials. And right now, she is the leading alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney.
  • China And Brazil Warm Up Business, Culture Ties
    Increasingly, Beijing is using a sophisticated charm offensive in its quest for new markets and resources. It's using this "soft power" approach in countries like Brazil, where it's found a receptive trading partner. And it has a model for its efforts: the United States.
  • Ex-Israeli Spy Chief's Iran Comments Spark Row
    Since leaving Mossad, Meir Dagan has attacked Israel's leaders for their "reckless intent" to attack Iran over its suspected nuclear program. That someone so respected would talk publicly about one of the country's most sensitive issues has set tongues wagging.
  • Federal Probe: Massey Kept Fake Safety Records
    The Mine Safety and Health Administration releases preliminary findings in the federal investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia Wednesday. Families of the victims were briefed privately Tuesday night.
  • Texas-Size Drought Dries Up Lake Travis
    People in Texas are suffering through a major drought that's putting pressure on cities, farmers, ranchers and businesses. It's also impacting Lake Travis, which is near the capital Austin. The drought problem is complicated by water management rules.
  • Bank Of America Reaches Deal Over Mortgage Suit
    Bank of America will pay $8.5 billion to investors who lost money on risky mortgage securities. This would be the biggest bank settlement so far, relating to the housing market collapse.
  • Cash Is King In Baltimore's Real Estate Market
    In Baltimore, Md., homes that once sold for $300,000 can be had for just $30,000. Investors are paying cash and snapping up distressed properties throughout the city. But unlike house flippers of the real estate boom, these investors typically rent out the properties rather than sell them for a quick profit.
  • France's Lagarde Named To Head IMF
    Christine Lagarde, France's finance minister, is the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde will take the place of Dominique Strauss-Kahn who resigned after being arrested on rape charges in New York City.
  • Washington, D.C. To Offer Online Gambling
    The federal government has cracked down on online poker sites. But a Washington, D.C. official managed to slip an online gambling measure into a budget bill that passed earlier this year.

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