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  • Romney Deepens Core Support Before Iowa Caucuses
    On the final full day of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney appeared at a series of rallies Monday. His rallies grew in size and enthusiasm over the course of the day. Romney holds a slim lead over Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
  • Marine On Trial For Deaths Of 24 Iraqis In 2005
    An explosion set off a series of shootings by a U.S. Marine squad in Haditha in one of the war's more controversial incidents. The military trial starts this week for the squad's leader, the only Marine still facing charges in the killings. Others were acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.
  • In Post-Gadhafi Libya, Islamists Start To Rise
    Moammar Gadhafi cracked down hard on Islamists throughout his long rule. With his overthrow and death, Islamist groups are now able to operate freely.
  • LA Police Arrest Suspect In Arson String
    Police have arrested a German national living in Hollywood and charged him in connection with more than 50 arson fires that destroyed parked cars and scorched buildings in Los Angeles. Harry Brukhart, 24, was arrested early Monday morning, and is being held without bail.
  • Congress Ends Era Of Ethanol Subsidies
    Over the weekend, the multi-billion dollar subsidy for ethanol expired. It had been in place for more than 30 years but Congress let it expire. Bruce Babcock, the Cargill endowed chair of energy economics at Iowa State University, talks to Linda Wertheimer about the effects of the subsidy expiring on the ethanol industry and consumers.
  • Raising The Minimum Wage: Whom Does It Help?
    The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.
  • Honda Goes To Court, Nigeria Ends Gas Subsidies
    A Los Angeles woman is one of many Civic Hybrid owners who claim their vehicle does not get as many miles to the gallon as promised. Heather Peters is suing Honda in small claims court. Meanwhile, drivers in Nigeria have taken to the streets in several cities after the government took away a critical gas subsidy.
  • India's Economic Battle: Development Vs. Tradition
    A giant steel plant would bring thousands of jobs to a rural area in eastern India. But local farmers have been opposing the project for years in a battle that symbolizes the friction that often occurs in India's fast-growing economy.
  • Rupert Murdoch Begins To Post Twitter Messages
    A few days ago, Rupert Murdoch began posting comments on the microblog service. Twitter and News Corp. have both confirmed the comments are Murdoch's.
  • Iowa Caucuses Set To Begin 2012 Presidential Voting
    The voting in the Iowa GOP caucuses begins Tuesday night. On the last day before the caucuses, Republican presidential candidates campaigned across the state Monday. Their goal was the same — motivating supporters to leave their homes on a cold evening, go to their precinct meeting places and vote.

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