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  • Ivins Attorney: Government's Case Is 'Speculation'
    The U.S. government released evidence this week in its case against Bruce Ivins, who killed himself last month after he learned he would be charged in the 2001 anthrax mailing attacks. The prosecution presented its arguments in a news conference instead of a courtroom, which left Ivins' attorney, Paul Kemp, unsatisfied.
  • Anthrax Case Hinges On Circumstantial Evidence
    Attorneys on both sides of the FBI's case against microbiologist Bruce Ivins acknowledge much of the evidence is circumstantial, though they disagree as to whether that would have been enough to convict him.
  • Bin Laden Driver Sentenced To 66 Months
    At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to 66 months in prison, minus time served.
  • My Jewish Grandpa's Triumph At Hitler's Olympics
    Reporter Carrie Kahn grew up thinking that her Jewish grandfather, Sam Balter, had proudly marched before Hitler in 1936 as part of the first-ever Olympic basketball team. Though his gold medal is real, the truth, she'd learn, was slightly different.
  • Sweden Requires Fuel-Efficient Driving Lessons
    Sweden is known as an eco-friendly country — except when it comes to people's preference for big cars with gas-guzzling engines. In order to meet carbon dioxide emissions standards set by the European Union, Sweden is requiring motorists to learn to drive with greater care toward fuel efficiency.
  • U.S. Could Continue Holding Bin Laden Driver
    Salim Hamdan, who served as a driver for Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by a U.S. military jury in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With credit for time served, he may be eligible for release by the end of the year. But the government could continue holding him.
  • Pakistan Government Moves To Impeach Musharraf
    Pakistan's governing coalition says it is beginning proceedings to impeach President Pervez Musharraf. The move adds to pressure on Musharraf to resign, but there is no guarantee that the coalition can muster the votes needed for the impeachment to proceed.
  • Fla. Calls For 20 Percent Renewable Energy By 2020
    Renee Montagne has this morning's business news.
  • EPA Rejects Texas' Call To Cut Ethanol Mandate
    The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a request by officials in Texas to reduce the ethanol requirement for gasoline nationwide. Gov. Rick Perry asked for the temporary reduction to try to bring down the price of corn — a major issue for livestock operations in the state.
  • Using Economics To Predict Olympic Medal Standings
    Using a few simple factors, Dartmouth professor Andrew Bernard can guess, with a high degree of accuracy, how many medals countries will win at the Beijing Olympics. Bernard talks with Renee Montagne about his economic model for predicting the medal count.

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