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  • House GOP Debt Plan Faces Make-Or-Break Vote
    Congress is still scrambling to vote on a deficit plan that could solve the current debt ceiling crisis. On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner is expected to present his plan for a vote in the House of Representatives. The Republican leader has called on his GOP brethren to get in line and support the proposal, while Senate Majority leader Harry Reid waits in the wings with a plan of his own.
  • Conservative Rep. Allen Backs Boehner's Plan
    As Republicans and the White House spar over the debt ceiling, Tea Party-backed Rep. Allen West of Florida convened a telephone town hall meeting with constituents Wednesday evening.
  • A High School Dropout's Midlife Hardships
    In ninth grade, Kenny Buchanan dropped out of school. Now, 26 years later, his life is driven by the search for a permanent job that can support his family.
  • Alabama's Largest County May Declare Bankruptcy
    Commissioners in Jefferson County, Ala., are expected to vote Thursday on whether to declare the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county, which is home to Birmingham — Alabama's largest city — owes more than $3 billion in debt taken out to upgrade its sewer system.
  • Buckey O'Neill: A Rough Rider Cut Down In His Prime
    Rough Rider Buckey O'Neill rears his bronzed horse in Prescott, Ariz.'s town square. O'Neill was the quintessential Western hero, by all accounts. He died in the battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba in the presence of Teddy Roosevelt. Had he lived, everyone assumed, he would have become governor.
  • In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste
    The Scandinavian nation is forging ahead with plans to build a central repository for nuclear waste north of Stockholm. And the industry is addressing concerns by engaging with the community, increasing local involvement and offering long-term financial benefits.
  • Treatment Boosts Survival Rates For Some Kidney Transplant Patients
    Approximately one in three kidney failure patients have antibodies that make it hard to receive a kidney transplant. But a new treatment can clean their blood of the antibodies prior to transplant. The patients who received it had a much higher survival rate than those who stayed on dialysis or took conventional anti-rejection drugs.
  • Nintendo Posts $325 Million Loss; Ford Enters India
    Nintendo is having a tough time as gamers shift to smartphones and the Internet and away from standalone video game devices. Nintendo posted a loss of about $325 million Thursday — its first quarterly operating loss on record. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, plans to spend about a billion dollars on a new manufacturing plant in India.
  • Obama To Announce New Fuel Economy Standards
    Automakers and the White House have reached agreement on a new fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg for cars and light trucks, sources tell NPR. The new standard would be phased in beginning with model year 2017 and fully implemented by 2025. The president is expected to formally announce the agreement tomorrow.
  • A Year Later, Michigan Oil Spill Cleanup Continues
    One year after an oil spill, workers are still cleaning up the bottom of the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan. An estimated 840,000 gallons leaked from a broken pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. Life for those living near the accident site in Michigan has not returned to normal yet, and it probably won't for some time.

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