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  • Memorial Mass Honors Victims Of Tucson Shooting
    Mourners packed a Catholic Church in Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday night, just blocks from a shopping center where a gunman killed six people Saturday. Wednesday evening, President Obama will attend another memorial service. Meanwhile, the family of the alleged killer, silent for three days, issued a statement.
  • Before Shooting, Giffords Wanted To Calm Rhetoric
    The night before Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, she sent an e-mail to an old friend: Kentucky's Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican. She told him she wanted to talk to him about ways to promote centrism and moderation. Grayson talks to Renee Montagne about what he says is Giffords' passion to tone down partisanship and rhetoric.
  • In Oil Drilling Reform, A Call For Science And Safety
    The group investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill called on the industry and government regulators to focus on science to help guide decisions. They also recommended increased scientific research in the Arctic Ocean, potentially the next frontier for offshore oil exploration.
  • Post-GM Model Envisioned For New York Town
    In northern New York, the town of Massena is trying to figure out how to turn a toxic former GM plant into something that could benefit the region. Massena is receiving the largest chunk of a settlement that requires the auto giant to help clean up its hazardous properties.
  • EPA Asks Cities To Check Water Supplies For Metal
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging cities across the country to test their drinking water for chromium-6. Also known as hexavalent chromium, it's a metal that scientists say can cause cancer.
  • Ill. Gov. Quinn Mulls Bill To Abolish Death Penalty
    The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation to abolish the death penalty, sending the bill to an uncertain fate with Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor supports capital punishment but has maintained a moratorium on executions because of the state's history of wrongly convicting innocent people.
  • U.S. Seeks To Revitalize Ties With China
    There are many efforts under way to help define the constantly shifting U.S.-China relationship. Next week, presidents Obama and Hu Jintao will meet in Washington, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil the administration's vision for relations in the 21st century.
  • Amazon Digs Indicate Advanced Indian Civilizations
    There have been a lot of things said about the Amazon: That it was a vast virgin jungle, that its only inhabitants were hunter-gatherers and that the rain forest was too hostile to have ever supported big civilizations. But increasingly, archaeologists say they are discovering the Amazon was home to large, even advanced civilizations before the Europeans arrived.
  • Germany's Economy Grew 3.6 Percent In 2010
    German government officials released GDP figures Wednesday. It was the fastest growth rate for Germany in the past two decades. Exports are the fuel powering Europe's largest economy.
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways In Snow Dispute With Heathrow
    The airline is refusing to pay fees to the owners of London's airport in a dispute about snow clearance. Virgin says it is paying its customers millions of dollars in compensation for flight disruptions after snowstorms hit London last month. But the airline blames the airport for the delays, saying snow clearance was delayed or inadequate.

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