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  • Jobs 18 Months Away At New Mich. Battery Plant
    President Obama travels to Holland, Mich., on Thursday to participate in the groundbreaking of a factory being built with federal stimulus dollars. The plant will manufacture advanced batteries for electric cars. The jobs are welcomed in the beleaguered region, but some residents are wary about the government's involvement.
  • Clean Energy Builds Slowly, Despite Federal Cash
    In pushing for cleaner energy sources, President Obama faces an uphill battle -- wind and solar power make up only a small fraction of the U.S. energy diet. And despite billions of dollars in Recovery Act grants, it is unlikely that these technologies will make a dent in Americans' fossil fuel consumption anytime soon.
  • Spain's Boom To Bust Illustrates Euro Dilemma
    Spain, the erstwhile "Iberian Tiger" and once the biggest creator of jobs among Europe's 16-nation single currency zone, is now struggling with a 20 percent jobless rate. It's stymied by the lack of a manufacturing base, an inequitable labor market and a limited social safety net.
  • New Evaluation Laws Split Teachers Even More
    Teachers across the country are confronting new state laws that evaluate and reward teachers based on student achievement. Education organizations have stood up not only to legislators, but also to each other.
  • Report: CIA Paid Iranian Scientist $5 Million
    The Iranian nuclear scientist who went home this week was paid $5 million by the CIA, according to a report in The Washington Post. The nuclear scientist disappeared about a year ago while in Saudi Arabia. He claimed he was kidnapped by the CIA. U.S. officials deny this.
  • Miami's Seaquarium: No Oil Yet, But Worries Aplenty
    The Gulf oil spill is hundreds of miles away, but South Florida's marine-park home for dancing dolphins and killer whales is preparing for the worst. The Seaquarium draws its water from Biscayne Bay, and operators are readying alternate sources and oil/gas separators to protect their sea creatures.
  • Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can't See
    Look up at the sky and what do you see? Well, blue, yes. And maybe a plane or a bird, but otherwise ... nothing. Or so you think.Right above you, totally invisible, is an enormous herd of animal life — tiny bugs riding the wind currents.
  • Yamaha Watches Motorcycle Sales Drop
    The world's second-largest motorcycle maker says sales in North America and Europe could plummet as much as 20 percent this year. Yamaha's profits are being hit by a stronger Japanese currency, and demand for motorcycles in developed countries is down. Yamaha plans to shut five factories in Japan.
  • Senators Likely To Pass Wall Street Bill
    The long-awaited bill to overhaul financial regulations is expected to clear a crucial test in Congress Thursday. Democrats are expected to get the 60 votes they need to advance the legislation. But after a year and half of negotiations, the Wall Street bill could end up with just as little bipartisan support as the far more contentious health care bill that came before it.
  • Should Anadarko Share In BP Clean Up Costs?
    When major oil companies drill deep-water wells, they usually take on partnerships with other companies to share a portion of the costs -- and the risks. But BP partner Anadarko Petroleum says it isn't responsible for helping BP clean up the Gulf oil spill. Brett Clanton of the Houston Chronicle talks to Renee Montagne about the corporate showdown.

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