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  • Supreme Court Rules On Strip Search Issue
    A divided Supreme Court has ruled that jail authorities may strip search people arrested for even minor offenses. The majority said courts must defer to prison officials to prevent new inmates from putting lives at risk. Dissenters said corrections officials should have to justify a strip search for someone brought in on a minor charge.
  • A Prosecutor Makes The Case For Military Trials
    Critics have said the military commissions lack openness and permit evidence that would not be allowed in civilian courts. But Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, says the military commissions will stand up to scrutiny in the upcoming trials of accused 9-11 plotters.
  • 'Perky' Katie Couric Returns To Morning TV
    Former NBC Today show host Katie Couric hosts ABC's Good Morning America this week. Media watchers wonder whether Couric's fill-in stint can generate enough interest to knock Today out of its top morning ratings slot. David Greene talks about it with Brian Stelter of The New York Times.
  • Michigan Mulls Taking Over Detroit's Finances
    The city of Detroit is rapidly running out of cash. Michigan's governor wants the state to either help run the city's finances or impose an emergency manager with total authority over budgetary matters. A final decision will be made this week.
  • Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again
    Everybody knows that there's just one moon orbiting the Earth. But a new study by a team of astronomers concludes that everybody is dead wrong about that. Minimoons, just a few feet across, make regular orbits around the planet. But they don't stick around very long — they're easily pulled away by the gravity of neighboring planets.
  • Oakland Police: Former University Student Kills 7
    Police in Oakland, Calif., say seven people at Oikos University are dead after a former student opened fire at the school Monday morning. Suspect One L. Goh, 43, is in custody.
  • Polar Bears' Melting Habitat Forces Zoos To Act
    Polar bears live on sea ice but that habitat is slowly disintegrating. Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post, and Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, President and CEO of the St. Louis Zoo, talk to David Greene about a push to preserve polar bears. The idea is to keep a number of them in captivity to preserve the gene pool .
  • Avon Rejects Coty's Buyout Offer As Too Low
    Cosmetics company Avon has rebuffed a $10 billion buyout offer by Coty — a company known for products like its Lady Gaga and Calvin Klein fragrances. Avon says the Coty bid undervalues the company. Avon has annual revenue of more than $11 billion.
  • U.S. Automakers Aim To Eliminate Lemons
    Cars manufactured in the United States are getting better. Analysts say it feels like the U.S. has entered a "golden age" of vehicle quality and reliability. Quality has been rising over the years, and the gap between the best and the worst is shrinking.
  • GSA Chief Resigns Over Extravagant Spending
    The head of the General Services Administration and two deputies are out of jobs. And other career employees have been suspended for their role in spending $820,000 on a Nevada conference.

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