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  • Protesters Said To Control Parts Of Eastern Libya
    It appears Libyan security forces are in control in Tripoli, one day after widespread reports of air raids against the protesters. But in eastern parts of the country, the demonstrators say they are in control and that security forces have disappeared from the streets.
  • Obama Team Holds Business Summit In Cleveland
    President Obama is looking to small business to play a big role in the nation's economic recovery. The president and several members of his cabinet travel to Cleveland to meet with entrepreneurs on Tuesday.
  • Silver Star Recipient A Reluctant Hero
    The idea of being a hero doesn't really sit well with Leigh Ann Hester, so having an action figure modeled after her is, in a word, surreal. The doll is a tribute to Hester, a National Guard member awarded the Silver Star in 2005 — the only woman to win it for engaging in direct combat with the enemy.
  • Chicago Voters Head To Polls To Replace Mayor Daley
    For the first time in more than two decades, voters in Chicago go to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor who is not named Richard Daley. Last year, Daley announced he would not seek a record seventh term. Six candidates are vying to replace him.
  • In Bahrain, Protesters Look For Signs Of Change
    The violence has died down, but there has been no discernible progress on the crown prince's call for a dialogue between the Sunni-led government and the mostly Shiite protesters. A lawmaker from the largest Shiite movement says the opposition needs a sign from the king that reform is possible.
  • Will Bahrain's Royal Family Outlast Protests?
    The family that runs the tiny kingdom of Bahrain is Sunni in a majority Shiite Muslim nation. Robert Powell, a Middle East analyst with the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, talks to Steve Inskeep about Bahrain's royal family.
  • Japan's Bond Rating Cut; Oil Prices Surge
    The credit ratings agency Moody's is cutting the outlook for Japan's bond rating from stable to negative. Meanwhile, the surge in oil prices appears linked to the violence in Libya.
  • A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In
    For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them. But the offer is only available in states that provide incentives for clean energy.
  • Bump In Auto Sales Boosts Consumer Morale, TV Ads
    New and used auto sales jumped 20 percent last year, according to a new survey of businesses. The car industry, sensing a rebound, has responded with an abundance of TV ads. Economists say the uptick in sales is a sign that consumers are starting to believe the worst has passed.
  • Toho Wants Honda To End Look-Alike Godzilla Ad
    Toho, the Japanese movie studio that holds Godzilla's copyrights, is suing Honda. The car company put an image that looks a lot like the bully reptile in a recent minivan commercial. Does the fiery lizard head really belong to Godzilla? Honda isn't saying, and it's still airing the commercial.

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