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  • Ironically, Climate Talks Enlarge Carbon Footprint
    World leaders are nearing the end of the climate meeting in Copenhagen. President Obama arrives Friday. There's a certain irony to the talks aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By just having the summit — all the airplane flights, hotel rooms and taxi rides — generates a lot of carbon.
  • Pakistan's Zardari Under Pressure After Ruling
    The Supreme Court in Pakistan has nullified a sweeping amnesty that allowed President Asif Ali Zardari to return from exile two years ago. The ruling sets in motion legal proceedings that could challenge Zardari's legitimacy because of corruption charges that were put on hold while he is in office. Thousands of other Pakistani officials had been protected by the amnesty as well.
  • COBRA Subsidy To End Unless Congress Acts
    Millions of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs have benefited from an extension of COBRA benefits and subsidies to help pay for the usually expensive insurance. Congress is now likely to extend the subsidies for a few more months, but that wouldn't really solve the long-term problem.
  • For Rural Adults, Health Care Is Wishful Thinking
    Eastern Kentucky, where youth commentator Brittany Hunsaker lives, has the lowest life expectancy of any place in America. People in rural communities like hers face a widening mortality gap, with rural death rates significantly higher than urban rates. This is her story.
  • Down Market Benefits Land Conservancy Groups
    The collapse of the housing market has had a silver lining for open-space advocates. Land conservancy groups are snapping up prime real estate for pennies on the dollar. But, like any other nonprofit, land trusts depend on individual donations to make these purchases happen, and nonprofit giving is down. How do you make the case for open space during a recession?
  • Eritrean Soccer Team Defects In Kenya
    A 12-member Eritrean soccer team went missing in Kenya after a regional tournament in which they were eliminated by Tanzania. Defections are common from Eritrea, one of Africa's newer nations and one of its most authoritarian and repressive. Writer Steve Bloomfield talks to Renee Montagne about the defections.
  • Giving Hope To Honduran Children With Bone Defects
    Birth defects such as clubfeet are routinely repaired in the United States. But in Honduras and other parts of the world, medical care is lacking, and bone deformities can cause profound problems. A new hospital in Honduras is attempting to change that.
  • Moynihan To Head Bank Of America Jan. 1
    Bank of America, the nation's largest bank, has a new CEO. Board members chose Brian Moynihan, 50, who is the bank's consumer and small business head. Moynihan will take over from Ken Lewis on January 1.
  • Bank Of America Tries To Rebuild Its Image
    The naming of a new CEO at Bank of America is the latest in a series of moves by the company to stabilize its business. Bank officials say the financial institution will boost its loans to small businesses by $5 billion next year. The bank recently repaid $45 billion in TARP money.
  • Treasury Backs Out Of Plans To Sell Citi Stake
    Citigroup decided to repay its TARP money so this week it held a giant share offering in order to raise money for that repayment effort. Investors were so lukewarm, the bank had to sell its stock at a significant discount. The government took that as a sign that this may not be the best time to sell its Citigroup shares. The U.S. had bought those shares as part of the bank rescue program.

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