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  • McChrystal: 5 Years Before Afghans Control Security
    President Obama says the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan could begin by July 2011, but America's top U.S. commander tells NPR winning over the Afghan people is the main goal of the new war strategy.
  • Pakistan Police, FBI Question Men Tied To Militants
    Authorities in Pakistan say they are interrogating five young American Muslim men wanted in the United States for alleged contacts with a Pakistani militant organization linked to al-Qaida. A team from the FBI arrived Thursday to question the men, ages 18 to 25.
  • China's Wind Power Plans Turn On Coal
    Today, wind energy makes up a tiny percentage of China's electricity supply, but Beijing is building the world's biggest wind power project. Paradoxically, adding wind power also means adding new polluting coal-fired power stations in the short term.
  • Climate-Change Limit: 2 Degrees Celsius
    The industrial world has set a goal of preventing the global average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, that's 3.6 Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels. That number will be discussed a lot during the global warming talks in Copenhagen.
  • Hard Times Even Harder For Migrant Laborers
    Nearly a million migrant children crisscross the U.S. with their families, from harvest to harvest and from job to job. In North Carolina, migrant families struggle to find work, and many rely on schools for food and clothing. The people who run the state's migrant program say living conditions and financial hardships for laborers are the worst in memory.
  • New Jersey Uses Pool Of Volunteer Attorneys
    It's not easy to get your first job out of law school these days. It's a sad situation that's working to the advantage of New Jersey. The state can't afford to hire all the lawyers it needs in government, so it's tapping the pool of unemployed attorneys to get some of its legal work done for free.
  • A 19th-Century Mathematician Finally Proves Himself
    In the mid-1800s, Charles Babbage got fed up with doing complex calculations by hand, so he designed what he called a "Difference Engine." He never built the machine in his lifetime, but 150 years later, engineers built the engine to Babbage's specifications — and the 5-ton calculator actually works.
  • Foreclosures Fall 8 Percent In November
    The number of people losing their homes through foreclosure fell in November. It's the fourth straight month that the foreclosure rate has fallen, according to a report from RealtyTrac. This year has had the most foreclosure filings in U.S. history: 3.9 million.
  • High-Tech Companies Lobby For R&D Tax Credit
    Legislation that just passed the House would extend the credit for another year, but many companies want the credit to be made permanent. They say research and development drives innovation, which creates new products that are then sold, boosting the economy. Advocates also say most of the money saved goes to pay employees.
  • Secret Flier Programs: 'Skull And Bones' Of The Sky
    Airlines have set a pretty low bar of service for most passengers — except for those lucky enough to be invited into the airlines' most exclusive frequent-flier programs. For those let in, there is almost nothing the airlines won't do to keep them happy. This includes instant upgrades, private reservation lines, escorts to help make tight connections, and not having to pay all those baggage and itinerary change fees.

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