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  • Paulson Defends Bank Deal To Lawmakers
    If there's one deal that has come to represent the height of the nation's panic during the financial crisis, it is Bank of America's purchase of Merrill Lynch. That deal has been scrutinized and criticized, particularly for the unusual role the government played in making it happen. Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson came under Congressional fire Thursday for his role in that controversial deal.
  • Hot Climates May Create Sluggish Economies
    New research suggests that poor countries experience significantly slower economic growth in years when the thermometer soars. Economists are studying why poorer economies of the world tend to be in hot places.
  • Author Tracks Afghanistan's Descent Into War
    As the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan continues, Renee Montagne talks with political scientist Seth Jones about some of the challenges facing both military and civilian efforts there. He's written a book called, In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan. Montagne also previews her reporting trip to Afghanistan. She'll be there in the run-up to next month's elections.
  • Moths Outwit Bats By Jamming Sonar
    Bats are among nature's cleverest predators, using ultrasonic signals to locate their prey at night. But one species of tiger moth has learned to outfox the bats by jamming the bat's sonar using its own bursts of ultrasound.
  • Sotomayor Appears Close To Confirmation
    Republicans promise that the full Senate will vote on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court by early August. Jeff Sessions, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican, has abandoned calls for a delay in the vote until September.
  • Independent High Court Ushers Britain Into New Era
    For the first time, Great Britain is establishing a Supreme Court — a role that has in past always been fulfilled by 12 judges sitting in the House of Lords. That will change in October, as the British government begins to implement separation of powers.
  • Engineer Convicted Of Stealing Trade Secrets
    A Chinese-American engineer has been found guilty of stealing trade secrets for China. Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, is the first person convicted under a 1996 economic espionage law, which cracked down on the theft of information from private companies that work with the government on space and military technologies. Investigators found hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive documents stacked up in his home.
  • Banks May Thwart Germany's Economic Recovery
    Banks in Germany are under increasing pressure to do more long-term lending to help Europe's largest economy recover more quickly from the recession. There's also concern German banks are in denial about the long-term impact of toxic debt. One financial regulator estimates there's more than $1 trillion of bad debt on the banks' books.
  • Wal-Mart To Index Products' Eco Impact
    Wal-Mart is setting up an environmental ratings system for all of its products. The retailer's suppliers will be required to detail the environmental costs of making their products. Wal-Mart will then turn that information into an index to help customers understand the sustainability of what they buy. The initiative could change the way consumer goods are produced and marketed around the world.
  • Farmer Turns Onion Waste Into Energy
    Steve Gill grows onions throughout California and processes them at a facility in Oxnard. Gill was tired of disposing of all that pungent waste. The Los Angeles Times reports he invested in a system that turns the onion leftovers into energy. Juice from the onion leftovers now powers the refrigerators and lighting at his Oxnard plant.

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