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  • U.S. Hands Over Control Of Bagram Prison To Kabul
    The notorious prison at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul has been officially handed over to Afghan officials by U.S. military officials. But questions remain about whether some of its prisoners — including "high value" Taliban operatives — will remain under U.S. control. Afghan President Hamid Karzai had demanded control of the prison known as the Parwan detention facility before he signs a status of forces agreement with the United States.
  • Next U.S. President Faces A Middle East 'In Turmoil'
    Foreign policy hasn't been a major focus this election season, but whoever wins will face a delicate tangle of issues in the region. On top of a major decision about Iran, the U.S. must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying war in Syria, and nervous allies in the Persian Gulf.
  • Los Angeles VA Has Made Millions On Rental Deals
    The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center is a nearly 400-acre campus whose onetime sole purpose was to house veterans, but some say it has lost sight of that mission. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been renting chunks of the land, mostly to enterprises that have nothing to do with helping veterans.
  • New Hosts Jockey To Be The New Oprah
    There are several daytime talk shows starting up, featuring Katie Couric, Steve Harvey and Ricki Lake, among others. TV critic Eric Deggans says they are all still jockeying to be the next Oprah — but there probably won't be another Oprah.
  • Low And Slow May Be The Way To Go When It Comes To Dieting
    Low-glycemic foods that take awhile to digest may help keep weight off longer than other diets. The low-glycemic diet comes out on top in a new study that compared to the low-carb diet and the low fat diet.
  • Doctors Take Aim At Epidemic Kidney Stones With Lasers
    A recent study found 1 in 10 American men and 1 in 14 women has had a kidney stone. Being obese or diabetic seems to raise the risk of getting them. Now lasers are becoming the treatment-of-choice for kidney stones in academic medical centers.
  • U.S. To Sell $18 Billion In Shares Of AIG
    The U.S. government has announced it will sell at least $18 billion worth of shares of American International Group. During the financial crisis in 2008, the struggling insurance company was rescued with a government bailout. The federal government became AIG's majority stakeholder, but had promised that it was not a long-term investor.
  • 'End Of Men' Heralds New Era Of Female Dominance
    Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace — and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived. "We have to redefine what we mean by 'head of the household,'" she says.
  • Hot Colors For Spring: Tender Shoots, Tidal Foam
    Tender Shoots is one of the hot colors for spring 2013, according to a statement from Pantone, the New Jersey color company that works with designers to decide the dominant hues for the fashion industry each season. Pantone describes the color as "vibrant yellow-green, invigorating, active and cheerful." For men, the color for spring is Tidal Foam.
  • After Convention, Obama Hits The Campaign Trail
    After his big convention speech Thursday and the weak job numbers Friday, President Obama hit the campaign trail. He spent the weekend on a bus tour of Florida.

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