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  • Deposing Gadhafi 'Is Not Part' Of Libya Mission
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates had a tough needle to thread as he testified for the first time on the Libya intervention Thursday. He sought to assure lawmakers this was a necessary mission, despite having been undertaken without authorization from Congress. At the same time, he had to explain that regime change was at least not officially what the Pentagon was trying to do in Libya.
  • Some Progress Reported In Japan's Nuclear Crisis
    It's been three weeks since Japan's earthquake and tsunami started problems at a nuclear power plant. Since then, there have been a lot of alarming headlines about core meltdowns and radioactive contamination. But news reports are also suggesting that workers at the plant are getting control of the overheated reactors.
  • Photographer's Libya Ordeal: 'You're Going To Die'
    New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario's attempt to document the retreat of Libyan rebels near Benghazi left her in the custody of Moammar Gadhafi's soldiers, who abused her and three colleagues for days, before their release on March 21.
  • Advances In 3-D May Mean No Ridiculous Glasses
    Movies, TV shows, video games — it seems 3-D technology is everywhere these days. It's creating a competitive market for companies trying to improve the way we experience the illusion of depth perception. Dr. Marsh and his team hope for a wider release of the procedure in select cities starting April 1, 2012.
  • 'Source Code,' A Sci-Fi Version Of 'Groundhog Day'
    A soldier must relive the last minutes of another man's life — repeatedly — to stop the terrorist who killed him, and who looks likely to strike again.
  • Tea Party Pressures GOP To Focus On Spending Cuts
    As negotiations on this year's federal budget continue, the Tea Party rallied on the lawn near the Capitol, aiming to buck up Republicans to stand firm for deep cuts. There's one week to go until another potential government shutdown.
  • Sedwill: Life Is Improving For Afghan Civilians
    Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO's senior civilian representative to Afghanistan, talks to Renee Montagne just before his two years on the job come to an end. He has found that one of his biggest problems has been how to communicate success.
  • GOP Introduces Bill To Dismantle Fannie, Freddie
    Senate Republicans introduced legislation Thursday to dismantle the mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill, from Sens. John McCain and Orrin Hatch, would phase out the agencies or privatize them over the next five years. Fannie and Freddie guarantee most mortgages in this country, and help lower borrowing costs.
  • Judge Temporarily Delays Start Of Mortgage Law
    Federal rules were to go into effect Friday that would have changed the way mortgage brokers may make their money. The law would have banned brokers from charging higher interest rates on home loans and making commissions that way.
  • Amid Las Vegas Real Estate Woes, Hope For Some
    House prices are so low these days that some people are able to buy homes even without outside help — homes they never could have afforded a few years ago without a dodgy loan. There are also more avenues for help: One program helps members of the big Vegas hotel union buy homes.

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