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  • Fight over Attorney Firings Prompts Subpoena Showdown
    President Bush offers to let Congress question White House aides about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, but won't let them testify under oath. Lawmakers may vote Wednesday to give committee chairmen authority to subpoena the aides.
  • Fitzgerald's Justice Ranking Rankles Chicagoans
    U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, fresh from the Libby trial, shows up on a Justice Department's list of prosecutors who had not distinguished themselves. His fellow Chicagoans say that ranking is nonsense.
  • Student Achieves Inside, Outside the Classroom
    Davon Fleming is a tenth-grader at Northwestern High, a struggling school in Baltimore. Despite the difficult environment he manages to do well, but his real passion is singing. He gets his strength from his music, his family and his church.
  • Is Khalilzad a Good Fit for U.N. Ambassador?
    Zalmay Khalilzad awaits confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. What qualifications does he bring to the job, and how might he differ from his controversial predecessor, John Bolton?
  • Sneak Preview: The Grand Canyon Skywalk
    In late March, Arizona's Hualapai Tribe will unveil what they hope will be their economic salvation — the Skywalk, a glass-bottomed walkway for visitors to stride out 70 feet beyond the Grand Canyon's West Rim for a view of the gorge below.
  • Gore on Climate Change: Scientists Respond
    Al Gore has championed the issue of climate change for decades. Now that he is firmly in the spotlight on this issue, so are his detractors — scientists who are concerned about climate change, but have raised questions about Gore's data and some of his conclusions.
  • Virgin America: Cleared for Takeoff?
    After months of debate, the airline Virgin America has tentative approval to start flying as early as this summer. U.S. regulators questioned whether the startup planned by British billionaire Richard Branson was "American" enough. Branson has agreed to various concessions and will comply with foreign ownership rules.
  • IRS Commissioner Assailed on 'Tax Gap'
    Lawmakers want to know what IRS Commissioner Mark Everson and the agency are doing to close a $300 billion gap between what the IRS collects and what it believes taxpayers owe.
  • Study: Working Moms Finding Time for Children
    A new study finds that somehow, working mothers are spending the same amount of time with their children as stay-at-home moms did in the 1970s. They're giving up sleep, housework and time with the spouse.
  • Companies Paying Employees to Stay Fit
    Some companies fed up with rising health-care costs are offering workers cash incentives to go to the gym, quit smoking, or do a better job of managing chronic health problems, such as diabetes. And at Ottawa Dental Laboratory in Chicago, workers have won DVD players, iPods, and flat-screen TVs by piling up exercise "bucks."

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