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  • Haiti's Capital Shattered By Powerful Earthquake
    The capital of Haiti is a city of ruins after Tuesday's major earthquake. Most communication links are down in Port-au-Prince, so the extent of casualties and damage isn't yet known. Not long ago, the city's mayor said most of the city's buildings were unsafe even under normal circumstances.
  • Earthquake Sets Back Progress In Haiti
    Jacqueline Charles of The Miami Herald talks to Deborah Amos about Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. The 7.0-magnitude quake hit just miles outside the capital Port-au-Prince, leaving the city and its surroundings severely damaged. Charles is on her way back to Haiti to cover the relief and recovery effort. She says the quake will have undone a lot of progress that the nation has made.
  • Congress Debates Medicare Payroll Tax
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still looking for ways to pay for the health bill. Democrats are considering a proposal to extend the Medicare payroll tax to dividend and investment income.
  • Commission Would 'Railroad' Cuts To Deficit
    While the idea of a special commission to address the federal deficit is gaining traction in Washington, it also has its critics. One of them is Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He tells Deborah Amos that he's concerned the commission would 'railroad cuts' in Social Security and Medicare — cuts that are extremely unpopular and would probably be never passed by Congress.
  • Panel Seeks 'Accountability' In Financial Crisis
    Top executives from four of the biggest banks that got federal bailouts are likely to face tough questions Wednesday from a commission charged by Congress to do the most thorough investigation yet into the causes of the financial crisis. "There's a need for accountability and responsibility," says Phil Angelides, the panel's chairman.
  • Worst Earthquake in 200 Years Strikes Haiti
    The magnitude 7.0 earthquake was strong enough to wreck many of the landmarks in the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince. Even the presidential palace crumbled, and the local headquarters of the United Nations collapsed. Parts of the country still haven't recovered from floods a year ago.
  • Negroponte: Intelligence System Is Getting Better
    The attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day has raised many questions about U.S. intelligence agencies. One is whether the changes made after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are working. John Negroponte is a business consultant now, but he was the nation's first director of National Intelligence. He talks to Steve Inskeep about if the intelligence system is working.
  • Fed Adopts Rules To Protect Credit Card Users
    The Federal Reserve is offering consumers expanded protection when it comes to plastic. New regulations bar credit card companies from raising rates for one year after an account is opened. That is to stop the practice of sudden rate hikes. Credit card companies will also have to give customers more information about fees.
  • In-House Resource Groups Can Help And Harm
    Companies like to portray themselves as big, happy families. Sometimes that family is broken down into smaller groups: like women or minorities, who can look out for each other, and help each other advance. Harvard sociologist Frank Dobbin says these networking groups can also lead to a harmful fracturing of the workplace.
  • Marketing Company Sells BCS Title Game Grass
    A New Jersey company has bought 10,000 square feet of turf from the Rose Bowl, where Alabama beat Text last week to win the BCS title. Stadium Associates plans to freeze-dry the grass and sell 3-inch-by-3-inch squares in plastic cases.

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