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  • World's Major Economies Gather In Pittsburgh
    The G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh is part of continuing global efforts to coordinate economic policy to recover from the worldwide financial crisis. The big issue on the table is what steps to take to avoid another global meltdown. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal tells Linda Wertheimer that with the financial emergency over, it may be harder for summit attendees to agree on anything.
  • Summit Spotlights 'Steel City's' Extreme Makeover
    It took decades for Pittsburgh to transform its economy after the glow from the steel mills faded in the early '80s. Now the city's unemployment rate is lower than the rest of the country's, and more and more young people are seeing a future there.
  • View From Selma: Can Obama Debate Be Colorblind?
    Some black residents of Selma, Ala., see parallels between the struggles that brought about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the current battle over changes to health care. They say propaganda has whites believing if something is good for blacks, it's bad for them. Other Selma residents are frustrated that the public discourse has turned to race.
  • FBI Not Showing Cards In Alleged Terrorism Plot
    Intelligence officials think they've uncovered the most serious terrorism threat the U.S. has faced since Sept. 11, 2001. But the suspect at the center of the case — Najibullah Zazi — has not been charged with any terrorism offense.
  • Biden Reassures Seniors On Health Overhaul
    Polls show those most skeptical about plans for a health care overhaul are the nation's senior citizens. Nearly all of them already have coverage in the form of the government-run Medicare program. And they worry about losing benefits. In an effort to allay some of those concerns, the Obama administration on Wednesday unleashed a new weapon from its arsenal: Vice President Joe Biden.
  • While Unnecessary, Swine Flu Closes Schools
    Across the nation, thousands of children already have missed school because of the swine flu pandemic. Most of those students are being kept home, while schools stay open, thanks to new guidance from the federal government. However, some schools continue to close, believing it's the only way to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Flu Shot More Effective Than Nasal Spray
    As public health officials kick into high gear over swine flu, there's word that a vaccine for regular seasonal flu might not be as effective as first believed. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that FluMist, which is inhaled, was only half as effective as a regular flu shot for ordinary seasonal flu.
  • Some Banks Overhaul Overdraft Fees
    Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase are moving to overhaul overdraft fees and practices that have been criticized as excessive and harmful to consumers. Wells Fargo says it will allow customers to opt out of overdraft services. The concessions come as Congress is set to impose new restrictions on banks' credit card services.
  • Mass. Governor Threatens Boycott Of Hyatt Hotels
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is threatening a state government boycott of Hyatt Hotels. He wants the high-end chain to rehire about 100 housekeepers it laid off earlier this month. Hyatt decided to save money by hiring a contractor to clean its hotels. Curt Nickisch reports for member station WBUR.
  • Europe Is Recovering From Global Meltdown
    When the U.S. financial crisis officially began a year ago, it quickly spread throughout the world — starting in Europe. European leaders are gathering in Pittsburgh for the G-20 meeting, determined to change the financial system that allowed the crisis to happen.

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