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  • Fraud Threatens Afghan Election Credibility
    Amidst charges of voter fraud, ballots are still being counted in last month's presidential election in Afghanistan. The next batch of partial results will likely be released Saturday. It could take weeks to find out if any candidate won the polls outright, or whether there wil be a runoff election.
  • Full Ballot Box, No Voters In Sight
    There have been a lot of charges of voter fraud in the Afghan election. Tom Coghlan, a correspondent with The Times of London, says he observed fraud at a polling station outside Kabul. He tells Renee Montagne that ballot boxes were stuffed with more than 6,000 votes, but there's no way that many people had voted there.
  • Why 'GQ' Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story
    Scott Anderson's piece in the September issue of the magazine challenges the official line on a series of bombings that killed hundreds of people in 1999 in Russia. Although no issues have been raised to date about the article's accuracy, GQ management is trying to prevent Russians from reading it.
  • Family, Friends Honor Michael Jackson At Funeral
    The body of Michael Jackson has been laid to rest in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif. The late pop superstar was mourned by family and friends at a private funeral service. However, hundreds of Jackson fans gathered nearby.
  • Phillies, Yankees Gain Momentum Heading To Oct.
    For baseball fans, Labor Day weekend is a time to take a close look at the standings, and which teams are likely to make it to the playoffs. Buster Olney, a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, talks with Ari Shapiro about the eight open playoff slots. Olney says the N.Y. Yankees and the Philaldlephia Phillies, last year's champion, are gaining momentum.
  • Mexico's 'Murder Capital' Lives Up To Reputation
    August was the deadliest month for Juarez, which is often referred to as the murder capital of Mexico. The city is just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. In one 48-hour stretch, 37 people were gunned down in Juarez, including 18 at a drug rehabilitation center.
  • U.S. Cuts Aid To Honduras In Support Of Ex-Leader
    The Obama administration has cut more $30 million in non-humanitarian aid to Honduras — calling it a signal that Washington is not happy with the status quo. President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in June and the de facto rulers won't let him back --even as the country prepares for new elections. Zelaya met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday.
  • Labor Department To Release Jobless Numbers
    Economists expect the August numbers to show a slight rise in the unemployment rate — bringing it up to 9.5 percent. They expect employers will have cut about 230,000 jobs. It would be the smallest drop in payrolls in a year.
  • Diebold Sells U.S. Election Unit
    Ohio-based Diebold has sold its troubled U.S. electronic voting-machine business to competitor Election Systems & Software. The announcement boosted Diebold's stock, but is unlikely to erase concerns of critics of electronic voting.
  • Travel Industry Expects Mixed Results For Labor Day
    While fewer people are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend than in 2008, it's not all bad news for the tourism industry. Travel experts predict that the weekend will still be busier than Memorial Day was this spring.

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