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  • Congress' Celebration Complete, Sniping Resumes
    The new Congress took oaths of office and swore in new officers with smiles and standing ovations Wednesday. Then they took up arms again to battle over rules changes. The newly Republican-led House is changing budget procedures. The Democratic majority in the Senate may kill secret holds on bills.
  • First Day A Frenzy For GOP Freshman
    David Schweikert represents Arizona's 5th district, which includes Tempe, Scottsdale and a huge swath of desert. The self-described debt hawk spent his first day in the Capitol juggling a jampacked schedule, from his swearing in to figuring out his new cappuccino machine.
  • China Battles Rising Prices, Consumer Discontent
    Inflation in China has hit a two-year high of 5.1 percent, and food prices have soared. For China's leaders, tackling inflation without slowing growth too fast is a tricky task, with high stakes: Double-digit inflation led to unhappiness ahead of the 1989 Tiananmen protests.
  • Food Price Surge Puts Strain On India's Poor
    A jump of more than 14 percent in prices has put many staples out of reach. The cost of onions, a pungent mainstay of Indian cooking, rose by 40 percent in the past year.
  • L.A.'s Homicide Rate Lowest In Four Decades
    The decrease is part of a nationwide trend of decade-long declines in homicides. Among the theories about Los Angeles' success: Police have new crime-predicting tools and better community relations; sentences are stricter; and the crack cocaine wars aren't as lethal as they were in the 1990s.
  • Richards: Time To Turn Afghan War Around is 'Now'
    Gen. Sir David Richards has been a commander in the Afghan war, and a critics of the way it's been carried out. Richards is Britain's equivalent of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He tells Renee Montagne that NATO currently has the right resources and the right troops numbers to turn the war around.
  • Donated Guitars Lift Spirits Of U.S. Troops
    Army Sgt. Bob Persch had always wanted to learn how to play guitar. When he was was deployed to Afghanistan, he couldn't find a guitar to play. His desire to play and help others, led Robin Webber at Guitar Gallery in White House, Tenn., to begin donating a guitar a week to U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • China Preparing To Buy Billions In Spanish Debt
    Spain's leading daily newspaper reports that Beijing is prepared to buy nearly $8 billion of Spain's government debt. This number has not been confirmed by Chinese officials, but the country has stated its willingness to buy Spanish debt.
  • Ford Gains On Toyota In 'Consumer Reports' Survey
    Ford Motor Company has risen almost to the top of an annual brand perception survey by Consumer Reports. The Detroit automaker is now just behind Toyota, after its years-long effort to improve quality coincided with devastating recalls by Toyota.
  • Connectivity: When Your Phone Talks To Your TV
    There are more Internet-connected devices than ever before and some of them are talking to one another.

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