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  • If IMF's Strauss-Kahn Steps Down, Who Takes Over?
    IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn remains in custody in New York charged with the attempted rape of a hotel maid. It's almost certain Strauss-Kahn will not remain head of the IMF, and that creates a considerable leadership vacuum at a delicate time for the global economy.
  • For Bayou Residents, Floods Are A Fact Of Life
    By opening the Morganza Spillway, the Army Corps of Engineers is sending Mississippi River water through communities that thousands call home. But even as they're forced to evacuate, few are blaming the Corps. Those who live along Louisiana's bayous aren't happy about having to fight the river, but say it's something they've grown up.
  • Monkey Bars No More: Trying The Money Playground
    At Finance Park, eighth-graders are playing grown-ups — for class credit. The park is a real world mock-up where schools bring kids to learn financial literacy. The teens shop for groceries, buy cars at the dealership, even pick cable plans at a faux Verizon Store — all while trying to stay on a budget.
  • Financial Lessons Learned: Save Up, Set A Budget
    A request on NPR's Facebook page asking people to share the most valuable financial lessons of their youth brought more than 1,400 responses. Many wrote about the importance of saving money starting at an early age. Others talked about avoiding debt — especially credit card debt.
  • Potential GOP Candidates Find Their Way To Iowa
    The Republican presidential field remains a work in progress. Major personalities such as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump have announced they won't be candidates. New Hampshire, home of the first primary, is already jousting with rival Iowa, which has party caucuses a week earlier.
  • Presence Of His Family Likely Helped Bring Down Bin Laden
    "One of the signatures of bin Laden's presence was an extended family and I think that's one of the building blocks that built the evidentiary case to find him," says journalist and bin Laden expert Peter Bergen.
  • As Egypt Moves Toward Elections, Anxiety Grows
    In Egypt, political parties are frantically trying to organize, register and make themselves known before elections scheduled for this fall. But there is increasing worry that lawlessness and sectarian strife could lead ordinary Egyptians to favor postponing the revolution in favor of stability.
  • EU Approves Bailout Package For Portugal
    The financial package for Portugal is worth about $110 billion and will be distributed under a three-year program run jointly by the IMF. The EU is also providing more money in loans to Ireland.
  • R.I. City May Be Forced To Declare Bankruptcy
    In Rhode Island, the city of Central Falls has been in receivership for nearly a year. The state has taken over its schools. And while the receiver has raised taxes, the city is running out of cash and is thinking about bankruptcy as a serious option.
  • In Half Moon Bay, Deep Cuts Reshape City Hall
    To ease fiscal troubles, Half Moon Bay — a California seaside town — has made big cuts, disbanding departments and laying off half its workforce. The police department is on the verge of closing, making the town dependent on the local sheriff's office for the first time in 50 years.

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