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  • Rising Gas Prices Force Consumers To Make Choices
    In some parts of the country, the price at the gasoline pump has hit $4 a gallon. It's steep enough that it's changing consumers' buying habits. Economists are trying to figure out how much rising gas prices will hurt consumer confidence and consumer spending.
  • Lawmakers Prepare To Vote On 2011 Budget Deal
    Details are coming out about what's in the fiscal 2011 budget deal reached last week between Democrats and Republicans. NPR reporters have the highlights.
  • Somaliland Struggles In Effort To Fight Piracy
    Somaliland, a self-ruling part of Somalia, is desperately poor. It has only eight functioning coast guard vessels for its 500 miles of coastline, and most of its prisons are dreadful. Still, Somaliland is trying to rein in piracy, even though it's like fighting a stiff current.
  • Livestock Farms Could Be Off Limits To Photos
    Animal rights activists have secretly filmed the inner workings of livestock farms, which has led to some bad press for the industry. Bills introduced in Florida and Iowa would make photographing animal operations without the owner's permission a felony. Supporters say that would help prevent activists from fraudulently being hired. Opponents argue the bills would prevent current employees from reporting abuse.
  • Planned Parenthood: A Thorn In Abortion Foes' Sides
    The organization is the nation's largest single provider of abortions, yet it gets millions of dollars in federal funding with which to provide other services. Efforts over nearly three decades to change that have been unsuccessful — infuriating abortion opponents.
  • Price Of Premature-Birth Drug Criticized
    Last week, we reported on a new progesterone gel that has been shown to reduce premature birth in some high risk pregnancies. An injectable version of the same hormone has now been thrust into the spotlight as well, as lawmakers, pharmacies and a drug company fight over how much it should — or shouldn't — cost.
  • Key Japanese Airport Resumes Commercial Flights
    The Sendai Airport is the biggest along Japan's devastated northeast coast. It was badly damaged by the tsunami that piled cars, trees and even houses onto the runways. Japanese and American soldiers helped to clear the debris.
  • Smartphones Helped To Kill The Flip Camera
    The super-simple Flip camera is dead. The company that produces it has decided to discontinue production. The Flip cam was a success, and spawned plenty of imitators. But Cisco says it's shutting down the unit because it wants to save money in its lagging consumer products division.
  • Will Cotton Be King Again? Crop Gets Boost In Kansas
    With cotton prices rising to record highs thanks to a global shortage, U.S. cotton farmers are stepping up their acreage. In Kansas, a state long dominated by wheat and corn, it's the new crop on the block.
  • Scouts Offer New Robotics Merit Badge
    The Boy Scouts of America unveiled a new merit badge Tuesday. Along with wilderness survival, archery and canoeing, Scouts can now earn a badge in robotics. To do so, they'll have to design a robot and demonstrate how it works.

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