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Friday, July 22, 2011

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  • Somalis Stream Into Kenya, Fleeing Famine
    In the Horn of Africa, about 11 million people lack sufficient food amid the worst drought in 60 years. The U.N. has declared a famine in southern parts of war-ravaged Somalia, where thousands of refugees are moving into Kenya seeking food, medicine and shelter at already crowded camps.
  • Terrorists, U.S. Policy Hinder Famine Aid To Somalia
    The international community is struggling to respond to the famine in Somalia. U.S. officials say the terrorist group known as al-Shabaab has been preventing hungry Somalis from getting access to assistance. Some aid groups say U.S. policy in the region is also preventing them from doing life-saving work.
  • Obama's Many Acts Command Debt-Ceiling Stage
    Each "Groundhog Day" of negotiations has brought a slightly different performance from the president: monologue one day, chorus number the next, and maybe a fight scene when things get spicy.
  • Poor Peer Review Cited In Retracted DNA Study
    The study in question claimed that genetic tools could be used to predict people's likelihood of living to 100. The researchers made an honest mistake, but some say the publishing of the paper underscores a bigger problem.
  • Murdoch's Mom Foreshadowed Tabloid Troubles
    More than four decades ago, one of Rupert Murdoch's closest advisers warned him not to buy the News of the World. The British tabloid accused of phone hacking has dragged Murdoch's media empire into a major scandal. That trusted counselor was his mother Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who is now 102 years old. Mary Louise Kelly talks to writer David Leser about Mrs. Murdoch and her relationship with her son.
  • Heat Wave Opens Cooling Centers, Fire Hydrants
    Another hot and muggy day is forecast for much of the country again on Friday, as the dangerous heat wave moves to the East. Thirty-two states issued excessive heat warnings Thursday. Air conditioning companies have been getting more service calls than they can handle.
  • Oklahoma's Parched Land Needs Massive Rainfall
    Many areas of the country are suffering from "exceptional drought" conditions. That's the most intense level assigned by the federal agency that monitors droughts. Unusually dry conditions are creating ever expanding hardships for farmers and ranchers from New Mexico to Kansas. Oklahoma has been especially hard hit.
  • 'Captain America' Unexpectedly A Humble Hero
    It was just a few months ago that comic book superhero Thor had a movie, and now Marvel Entertainment teammate Captain America has one too. Captain America: The First Avenger is not the best of the Marvel comics movies — but it does have something the others do not: Chris Evans in the title role.
  • Apple Considers Bid For Internet TV Service Hulu
    The maker of iPads, iPhones and iPods is considering buying Hulu, according to The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. The reports acknowledge it's still speculative at this stage. Buying Hulu would give Apple lots of video content to put on iTunes.
  • European Union Decides To Bail Out Greece, Again
    European leaders have agreed on a massive new bailout plan for Greece. They also agreed to broader measures to deal with the continent's debt problems. Greece is receiving $156 billion to keep it afloat and a reduction in interest rates.

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