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  • Fame Through Assassination: A Secret Service Study
    Very rarely is politics the primary motive behind assassinations or assassination attempts, says a 1999 Secret Service study. Rather, public figures are chosen because in the assassin's mind, it's a guaranteed way to transform from a "nobody" into a "somebody."
  • In Highlighting Radon's Risks, Context Needed
    Every January, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies hit the airwaves to tell us that radon gas can kill and that every home should be tested for it. But that message skips over many complexities surrounding the risks from radon.
  • In Haiti's Rebuilding, Calls For Stronger Structures
    Earthquake engineers say many casualties in the Haiti earthquake could have been avoided if buildings had been built better. So now engineers are trying to improve construction standards as the country rebuilds. But they face two key challenges: poverty and corruption.
  • In Iraq, A Sectarian Split Illustrated By Chicken
    Sunnis eat the Sadia brand; Shiites prefer Khafeel. Both brands come from Brazil and are certified halal. Sectarianism in the country is no longer about violence — it's about identity.
  • To Calm Unrest, Tunisia's President Promises Changes
    Tunisia's president is facing the worst unrest in his 23 years in power. Earlier this week, protesters clashed with police and the violence spread across the North African country. The president has promised sweeping changes, and says he'll step down in 2014. Demonstrators, however, have returned to the streets.
  • 'Dr. No' Becomes Diplomat, Continues A Family Story
    After earning the nickname of "Dr. No" as the White House's ethics guru, Norm Eisen is leaving to become U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic. It's where his mother, a Holocaust survivor, was born and where she became a victim of the Nazis.
  • Intel Issues Strong Results For 4th Quarter
    The world's leading computer chipmaker blew past forecasts and said recent quarterly profits were nearly 50 percent higher than last year. Intel provides the chips that go into PCs and laptops. Now it wants to make sure it's the leading provider of chips for new products like tablets and smart phones.
  • Tax Refund Could Go Straight To A Debit Card
    The U.S. Treasury is looking for cheaper ways for people without bank accounts to get their money. Officials hope people will switch to government debit cards, rather than getting loans or using check cashers.
  • Electric Cars Steal The Spotlight At Auto Show
    Electric cars are all the rage at the North American International Auto Show. The star of the Detroit show is the Chevy Volt, and there are plenty of others on display. Still, experts say electric cars will account for only a small sliver of sales for the foreseeable future.
  • Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Postponed Until March
    The new show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was supposed to open in December. But the accident-plagued production has been repeatedly postponed. On Thursday, producers delayed the opening yet again. It's now set for mid-March.

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