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  • Merkel, Sarkozy Meet Ahead Of Brussels Summit
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy now agree that European treaties will have to be altered to give institutions the firepower to deal with the euro crisis, but many differences remain — and time is running out.
  • Diplomats Meet In Germany On Afghanistan's Future
    A big international conference is being held in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to help draw up a roadmap for Afghanistan after combat operations there cease at the end of 2014. But Pakistan — a critical player in the Afghanistan conundrum — has said it's boycotting the conference after NATO troops killed 24 Pakistani soldiers during an attack in late November.
  • The Deep-Sea Find That Changed Biology
    The depths of our oceans are dark, punishingly cold and utterly devoid of life. Or so scientists thought, until a team of researchers in the late 1970s stumbled upon squishy, rubbery worms, up to 7 feet long, living 8,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific.
  • Russia's Election Results A Setback For Putin
    Russia's ruling political party fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election Sunday. The vote is being viewed as a setback for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, which retained power but has a weaker majority in Parliament. For more on the election, Steve Inskeep speaks with Masha Lipman, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • What's Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams
    Toddlers outfitted with high-tech wireless recording devices have helped researchers discover that tantrums have a very distinct, predictable pattern. Understanding that tantrums have a rhythm can not only help parents know when to intervene, but also give them a sense of control.
  • Italy's Prime Minister $40 Billion 'Save Italy' Plan
    Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti on Monday must persuade lawmakers to pass a giant reform package aimed at reducing debt and balancing the country's budget. The $40 billion package includes hikes in taxes, cuts in pensions, an increase in the retirement age, and measures to reduce tax evasion.
  • Post Office To Move Forward With Cuts
    The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce Monday that it's moving forward with cuts that it says will save billions of dollars and help avoid bankruptcy.
  • White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years
    While Coca-Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary this year, this family-owned company in New York City is quietly toasting 140 years in the soft-drink business. "We've been around, but we're healthy and growing," says White Rock President Larry Bodkin.
  • Can't Get It Out Of Your Head: Hanson's MMMhop Beer
    The 1997 song "MMMbop" catapulted the youthful trio of brothers known as Hanson to fame. The pop group has faded in popularity, though the Hansons are still making music. More importantly, they're all old enough to drink now. So next year, instead of releasing a new album, Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson are releasing a new beer: an India pale ale called MMMhop.
  • In Cincinnati, 'Nothing Good To Say' About Congress
    If the only thing worse than being hated is being ignored, Congress has slipped even further. While polls show staggering disapproval rates for the legislative body, Americans seem to have lost interest in what Congress is, or isn't, doing. In Cincinnati, most voters approached had nothing good to say about it.

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