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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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  • Diplomatic Solutions Sought for N. Korea Challenge
    World powers are united in calling for a tough response to North Korea's reported nuclear weapons test. Yet military options remain less popular than diplomatic overtures.
  • Iran Looks for Lessons in North Korea Confrontation
    While diplomats struggle to persuade Tehran to abandon its own nuclear ambitions, Iran watches the confrontation between North Korea and the international community with interest. The Middle Eastern country is hoping to learn from North Korea's nuclear defiance.
  • Slow Upstate Economy Weakens N.Y. Republican
    The economy has been sluggish as long as anyone can remember along the Hudson River in upstate New York. And for just as long, voters have looked to Republicans to help turn things around. But this year, Republican John Sweeney faces a vigorous challenge based on the stagnant economy.
  • Business Profits Help Cut U.S. Budget Gap
    This week, the White House is expected to announce that this year's budget deficit has dropped to about $250 billion, from last year's $318 billion. This improving budget picture is due largely to soaring business profits.
  • Supreme Court Hears Case on Photos of Victim
    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a crime victim's family has the right to sit in court wearing buttons with pictures of the victim. Defense attorneys say such displays could prejudice the jury.
  • Under Dictator, Zimbabwe Slides into Chaos
    Poverty rates have fallen across much of the globe. But in sub-Saharan Africa, war and disease hamper development. Leaders who cling to power as their nations crumble are also to blame.
  • U.N. Debates Sanctions Against North Korea
    The U.N. Security Council is back in session for further discussions on a U.S.-sponsored resolution calling for international sanctions against Pyongyang. A senior North Korean official is threatening further tests if the U.S. continues what he termed its "hostile" attitude toward his country.
  • Court Strikes Down UPS Ban on Deaf Drivers
    Drivers for UPS won a round in court Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the shipping company could not bar the deaf and hearing-impaired from driving delivery trucks.
  • Auto-Job Cuts Spread Pain to Suburban Detroit
    Detroit's suburbs have long been islands of affluence for many auto-company employees. Now, recent job cuts at GM and looming ones at Ford are taking a toll in some of the more exclusive neighborhoods.
  • Private Investigators for HP in Court
    Three people accused of "pretexting" appeared in court Tuesday under their real names. The private investigators who worked for Hewlett-Packard are accused of impersonating board members, employees and journalists in order to access phone records. They pleaded not guilty.

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