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  • Romney Tries To Dig Out From 'Poor' Comment
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney likely planned to spend Wednesday basking in the glow of his victory in Tuesday's Florida primary. Instead, he struggled to explain his comment that he's "not concerned about the very poor." The comment was made in an interview on CNN. Critics on the left and the right pounced.
  • Controversial Voter ID Laws Proposed Across The U.S.
    More than two dozens states this year are considering new laws to require voters to show ID at the polls, despite the controversy around similar bills enacted last year. Efforts are under way to impose the requirements before the 2012 elections, although opponents are waging legal challenges and looking toward the U.S. Justice Department to bar implementation.
  • Komen Cut To Planned Parenthood 'Mischaracterized'
    The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has cut off funding to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Many women's health advocates are upset by the decision. The group said the decision was made as part of a broad effort to use donations more efficiently.
  • Catholic Bishops Revolt Against Birth Control Rules
    There's a battle going on between U.S. Catholic bishops and the Obama administration over its recent directive requiring religious institutions to offer coverage for contraception in their health care plans. Some have announced they will not comply with the mandate. Others are calling on parishioners to "defend the faith" and speak out against what they call an intrusion against religious liberty.
  • Fans Mourn 'Soul Train' Host, Don Cornelius Was 75
    Don Cornelius dismissed the description that Soul Train was the "black" American Bandstand. He said the show was for everybody, and he showcased white acts as well as black — as long as they were funky. The show was an important cultural barometer and a touch-point for young African Americans who saw few reflections of their lives on TV or in the movies in the 1970s and eighties.
  • Defense Goal: Combat Role In Afghan War Ends In '13
    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the U.S. hopes to end its combat mission in Afghanistan in late 2013. However, U.S. troops would still remain in the country through the end of 2014. Panetta is meeting this week with NATO defense ministers, and the Afghanistan mission is a key item on the agenda.
  • How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America
    Instead of offering big salaries and other perks, the CEO of tiny Ashland Health Clinic, in southwest Kansas, lures physicians with "a job that matters." In addition to meeting a real need on a daily basis in Ashland, doctors also get eight weeks off to do missionary work overseas.
  • Unions Shocked By American Airlines' Proposed Cuts
    American Airlines is looking to cut 13,000 jobs as part of a restructuring. The company — which is in bankruptcy — also wants to reduce costs by 20 percent and end its pension plan.
  • CEO's Voice Tone Can Speak Volumes
    Can the emotional tone of CEO voices during earnings calls tell investors about what's really happening inside a company? New research suggests there may be valuable information for investors in the tone of the CEO's voice.
  • Kazuo Hirai Succeeds Howard Stringer At Sony
    Sony has announced it's getting a new CEO. Welsh-born Howard Stringer, Sony's first non-Japanese leader, will be replaced by Japanese-born Kazuo Hirai. Stringer has long urged the company to have Hirai succeed him. Sony is struggling with falling sales, especially in its TV division, and a rising Yen.

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