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  • Would-Be Bomber Issued U.S. Entry Visa
    Details are emerging on how the man suspected of trying to blow up a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day received a U.S. entry visa. Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy is in charge of visas for the State Department. Kennedy talks to Steve Inskeep about the visa process, and just how the suspect was issued a multiple-entry visa.
  • Slovakia Embarrassed By Security Test Gone Wrong
    The government of Slovakia apologized to authorities in Ireland after a security exercise didn't go as planned. Agents hid the components of a bomb — including explosives — inside the luggage of unsuspecting travelers at an airport in Slovakia. Most of the parts were recovered during security searches but a pack of explosives were not. The explosives turned up in Dublin.
  • Clinton: Aid Agency Central To U.S. Foreign Policy
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swears in a new administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development Thursday. However, Rajiv Shah's job description is still up in the air. The Obama administration and members of Congress are reviewing U.S. aid programs, and some complain that USAID has been weakened by cut backs, and is now incapable of doing the kind of work that is needed in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Astronomers Map Dark Matter 'Beach Ball'
    Scientists have mapped the shape of the dark matter that is surrounding our home galaxy, the Milky Way. According to their research, the Milky Way is sitting in a clump of dark matter that resembles a gigantic flattened beach ball. One astrophysicist says dark matter accounts for more than 70 percent of the mass in galaxies like ours.
  • Alabama, Texas Meet In BCS Championship
    Two undefeated teams — No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas — meet in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday night in college football's BCS Championship Game. It is the last of 34 post-season games. The Bowl Championship Series has been frequently criticized by fans, sports columnists and elected officials.
  • Schwarzenegger Acknowledges Tough Budget Times
    Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told lawmakers in his final State of the State address Wednesday, that lawmakers' most important task is jobs. The state's unemployment rate is above 12 percent, and the governor called for new investment in job training and job creation. Democrats want to know how the deficit-plagued state will pay for them.
  • N.Y. Governor Accuses Legislature Of Big Spending
    In New York, the only thing colder than the weather was Gov. David Paterson's icy State of the State speech Wednesday. The state is facing is an $8 billion deficit. Paterson accused lawmakers of big spending. He told them he would not "write bad checks" and would not "mortgage our children's future."
  • State Agencies In Kentucky Must Trim Budget
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address since taking office in December 2007. It's been a tough two years for Beshear, who already has trimmed almost $1 billion from state spending. On Monday, he ordered more cuts. Tony McVeigh reports for Kentucky Public Radio.
  • GM CEO Expects 2010 To Be A Profitable Year
    Ed Whitacre, GM's chairman and interim CEO, says he thinks the struggling company will turn a profit in 2010. That would be the first time that's happened since 2004. It's a bold forecast and it depends on a number of factors outside the company's control.
  • Mesa Air Hopes To Emerge From Bankruptcy Quickly
    Phoenix-based Mesa Air filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, after months of financial turmoil at the regional carrier. When the airline began almost three decades ago, it was it was one of the first to operate regional jets in the country. CEO Jonathan Ornstein is optimistic the company will emerge from bankruptcy quickly.

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