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  • Symbolic Developments Indicate Direction Egypt Is Headed
    Egypt's military-backed rulers are pressing on in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. Authorities have arrested the group's spiritual leader. Since the security forces crackdown on Islamist protesters last week, nearly 1,000 people have been killed.
  • Convertino's Phone Phreaking Leads To Cyberweapons Career
    Mike Convertino built a career making cyberweapons for the Air Force. While he can't talk about a lot that he did, there are some clues. He was decorated in Bosnia in the mid 1990s, around the same time the U.S. deployed its first lethal drone in combat. After Sept. 11, he helped craft standards for the rapid sharing of intelligence.
  • How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop
    Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.
  • How To Win That Music Competition? Send A Video
    A new study shows that judges base musical performances more on sight than on sound.
  • Conn. Firm Lured To N.C. By 'Hungry Workforce'
    Some politicians across the country are getting crafty — trying to woo businesses to their states. But in North Carolina, it wasn't an elaborate government sales pitch that got a company in Connecticut interested in expansion. It was the state's high unemployment rate.
  • Heritage Foundation Rallies Support To Defund Obamacare
    The Heritage Foundation and its political activist arm Heritage Action are turning to the town hall format to try to stop the health care law. Foundation president and former GOP senator Jim DeMint was in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Monday night as part of a nine-city defund Obamacare tour.
  • NPR CEO Knell To Leave After 2 years On The Job
    CEO Gary Knell announced on Monday that he is leaving NPR to take the helm at National Geographic Society. The offer was too good to refuse, Knell told NPR staffers, giving him the chance to lead a larger educational and publishing and television organization on a "global stage."
  • Rocky Road Predicted For Egypt's Stock Exchange
    The Egyptian Exchange was shut down at the end of last week as protests and violence raged in Cairo and elsewhere. It re-opened on Sunday, but trading hours were shortened to give employees more time to get home before curfew. Many foreign investors reportedly pulled out of the exchange earlier this year.
  • Money Flows Into Egypt, But Where Does It Come From?
    The aid propping up both sides of Egypt's ongoing political crisis largely comes from regional rivals. Saudi Arabia leads the financial support of Egypt's military rulers. Qatar leads the support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Renee Montagne talks to Max Rodenbeck, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, about funding sources
  • SEC Bans Falcone From Trading For 5 Years
    Hedge Fund manager Phillip Falcone has agreed to pay an $18 million fine. As part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Falcone also agreed to a five-year ban from the securities industry.

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