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  • Clinton Challenges Obama to Bowling Throwdown
    Looking somber, Sen. Hillary Clinton walked into a Philadelphia news conference Tuesday. It isn't clear when it became evident that it was an April Fools joke. But instead of withdrawing from the campaign, Clinton challenged Barack Obama to a bowling contest.
  • Backroom Primary: Undecided Superdelegate Farr
    More than 300 superdelegates across the country have yet to commit to either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. California has the most superdelegates, and nearly two dozen of them are uncommitted — about twice as many as any other state. One of them is Rep. Sam Farr.
  • Retracing John McCain's Bipartisan Roots
    John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, continues his biographical tour Wednesday with a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. As a youngster, he says, he had "a little bit of a chip" on his shoulder. But as a lawmaker, he has shown an ability to work with colleagues from across the political spectrum.
  • China's Income Gap: The Brother Who Fell Behind
    The three Gong brothers grew up during the era of the "iron rice bowl," when the government provided everything: housing, health care and education. Two of the brothers adapted to China's new economy. But the third one didn't make it.
  • Zimbabwe Awaits Election Results; Runoff Predicted
    Zimbabwe's state newspaper predicts that there will be a runoff in last weekend's presidential vote. It could be the first time in 28 years that the country's autocratic leader has failed to win re-election. The Election Commission has yet to announce the outcome of the presidential vote.
  • Tibetans Outside Region's Borders Recount Unrest
    Much of the past month's protest over Tibet has taken place outside of Tibet. Roughly half of ethnic Tibetans live outside the legal boundaries of the region that carries their name. And those Tibetans have added to the complexity of the protests against China's government.
  • Tibetans in India Urge Strong Tactics Against China
    Recent events in Tibet are being followed closely in India, which is thought to be home to at least 100,000 Tibetans — including the Dalai Lama. Now some of the Tibetan exile community are taking a harder line in pursuing their cause.
  • Wall Street Rallies on European Banks' Big Losses
    A buying spree on Wall Street has come after very bad news from European banks: Two of the biggest announced multibillion-dollar losses from their mortgage investments Tuesday. The logic on Wall Street: There has been so much bad news from financial institutions that maybe the worst is over, so now is the time to buy.
  • Automakers Report Double-Digit Drops in Sales
    Sales at Chrysler and General Motors were down 19 percent compared with last March, and even Toyota and Honda — which had been doing pretty well — say their sales were down for the month. As with a lot of things these days, the problems can be traced back to the housing industry and the tightening credit market.
  • Workers, Employers Adjust to Phased Retirement
    Economic worries and the rising cost of health care have many baby boomers concerned that they'll outlive their retirement savings. Some are opting to phase slowly out of the workforce instead of leaving permanently. Phased retirement poses challenges for workers and companies, but it could be crucial to retaining a talented workforce.

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