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  • Anti-Gadhafi Forces Prepare To Take Tripoli
    Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's control is being whittled away as major cities and towns closer to the capital fall to the rebellion. Forces in the east, led by a former Gadhafi general, are preparing to march on Tripoli.
  • What's The Diplomatic Solution To The Latest Unrest?
    The unrest in the Middle East and northern Africa has major implications for U.S. foreign policy. Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. ambassador to Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, says the international community has denounced the violence in Libya. He tells Renee Montagne that steps beyond that are going to be difficult to implement. Crocker is now the dean at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
  • A Soldier's Life For A Mother And Her Daughter
    Betsy Thompson joined the Army in 1983 and worked as a dietitian for more than a decade. Her daughter, Kelly MacDonald, is a cadet at West Point and could see war up close. They may have both decided to be soldiers, but their experiences show how much has changed for women in a generation.
  • Saudi Arabia Uses Money To Address Protester Issues
    Saudi Arabia's King Abduallah has put money on the table to try to head off the popular youth-led protests that are sweeping the rest of the region. The king, 87, granted citizens a Saudi-sized gift of $35 billion. The money goes to address the lack of affordable housing and youth unemployment.
  • 'Fog Of Research' Clouds Study Of Oil's Effects In Gulf
    Scientists studying the after-effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are frustrated at the lack of focus in the research effort as well as the shortage of money for such a huge undertaking.
  • On Gulf Coast, Frustration At BP Claims Process
    Much of the anger is directed at Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of BP's $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the 2010 oil spill. Gulf residents say the payments are too little and come too slowly. But Feinberg defends his program as "nothing short of extraordinary."
  • Foreclosures Are A Drag On U.S. Housing Prices
    RealtyTrac announced Thursday that buyers got an average discount of 28 percent on foreclosed homes compared to similar properties. The price gap is a percent higher than it was the year before. RealtyTrac says the bargains are expected to continue because more foreclosures are expected this year.
  • Wall Street Bonuses Fell From 2009 Level
    Wall Street firms paid out more than $20 billion in bonuses last year, but that was down some from the previous year. Big firms have been paying higher base salaries and holding down bonuses in response to regulatory changes.
  • A Push For More Women On Corporate Boards
    Women's participation on Europe's corporate boards averages about 12 percent, far less than the proportion of women in politics. European countries are debating whether to follow the path Norway has taken and enact laws that require that at least 40 percent of board members be women.
  • Mr. Peanut's Ride Goes Green
    Planters unveiled its latest Nutmobile in Los Angeles Wednesday. Mr. Peanut has a new energy-efficient peanut to cruise around in. Planters says the massive legume will appear at events promoting the restoration of green spaces in cities.

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