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  • Obama Drives His Jobs Message To N.C. Crowds
    President Obama is drawing sharp contrasts between his jobs plan and the ideas put forward by Republicans in Congress, as he continues his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. That may not bring his jobs plan any closer to passing, but it does help frame the argument for the 2012 election.
  • Income Disparity And The 'Price Of Civilization'
    The Occupy Wall Street movement has been criticized for lacking focus — but its main slogan seems to be resonating. That slogan, "We are the 99 percent," highlights the issue of income disparity. It's something economist Jeffrey Sachs has been tracking for a long time.
  • Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Republican Schism
    The editor of Newsweek offers some required reading on the gap between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment — and talks about the "Yes We Cain" issue of Newsweek, featuring Republican Herman Cain. "Herman Cain is surprising everybody," Brown says.
  • EU To Decide Food Aid Program's Future
    As Europe's debt crisis drags on, the social safety nets in place in eurozone countries are beginning to fray. One long-standing program, which is financed by the European Union, and uses surplus food stocks, may end soon. The decision on whether to cut funding to the food aid program comes as more people join the soup lines.
  • Doomsday Redux: Prophet Says World Will End Friday
    Mark your calendars: The world is ending Oct. 21. So says Harold Camping, the doomsday prophet who had said Judgment Day would come May 21. Camping had a stroke a few days after his prophecy failed, his organization is tottering and many followers have fallen away. But some still believe.
  • Author Malin Alegria Builds On 'Estrella's' Star Power
    In 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
  • Pipeline Safety Bill Passes, Merger Announced
    The U.S. Senate has approved a bill aimed at improving the safety of the nation's oil and gas pipelines. The legislation emerged after a deadly explosion in San Bruno, Calif., last year. A pipeline merger is on the government radar as well. Regulators will be scrutinizing a plan by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan to buy its rival El Paso for $21 billion.
  • Apps For Exercise, Eating And Sending Postcards
    Today's smartphones have apps that can help you track your latest jogging route — and find a place to eat afterward. And if you snap a nice picture along the way, they'll even let you use that to make a postcard.
  • 'Smart Hangers' Help Sharp Dressed Men
    A men's store in Tokyo is using Radio-frequency identification technology inside the clothes hangers. When a customer removes an item from the rack, that triggers a display on a nearby screen to show product information for that item, and even matching accessories.
  • Israeli Freed In Exchange For Palestinian Prisoners
    Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas are carrying out the first stage of a prisoner exchange. On Tuesday, Israel is releasing nearly 500 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. In total, some 1,000 Palestinians will be let go.

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