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  • In S. Korea, Clinton Denounces North's Provocations
    The secretary of state visited South Korea amid rising tensions with the North, calling on Pyongyang to halt its provocations while announcing plans for joint military exercises with the South "to deter future attacks." Hostilities have reignited on the Korean peninsula after Seoul accused the North of an attack on a ship that killed 46 sailors.
  • South's Trade Cuts Will Burden Impoverished North
    The U.S. supports South Korea's decision to sever nearly all trade with North Korea. The decision may be directed at North Korea's ruler but the impact will be felt by North Korea's impoverished population. Lena Savelli is head of the U.N.'s World Food Program office in Beijing, she discusses the implications of these developments with Renee Montagne.
  • Spill Engages Federal Investigators In A Balancing Act
    The Obama administration needs the help of the companies at the root of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to help stop the underwater gusher, but it also faces pressure to launch a criminal investigation into the disaster. The situation has federal investigators treading carefully.
  • Wood-Powered 'Biomass' Plants Have Critics Barking
    Plans for plants that generate electricity by burning wood chips and sawdust are in the works around the country, fueled by stimulus funds. Scientists say the plants are a "green" alternative only if they're truly powered by waste materials. Opponents are concerned the plants will simply burn more wood.
  • Brothers Milibank Vie For Labour's Leadership Post
    After its drubbing in the UK general election, Britain's Labour Party is looking for a new leader to replace former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two of the leading candidates are brothers: former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and his younger brother Ed, who was energy minister in Brown's cabinet.
  • Amid Scrutiny After Spill, Oil Lobby Weighs Response
    Although it's true that oil doesn't have as many powerful allies as it used to, the industry has made about $13 million in campaign contributions for the upcoming midterm elections. Last year, it spent $39 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Freshman Senators Settle Into 'The Upper House'
    In 2006, voters angry about Iraq and frustrated with President George W. Bush sent a new class of senators to Washington. In The Upper House, Terence Samuel profiles these legislators as they come to terms with the grunt work and gridlock of their new jobs.
  • Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Features
    The social networking site plans to roll out new features aimed at offering users more privacy Wednesday. This comes after critics complained that Facebook was making its users' information too accessible. The site has hundreds of millions of users.
  • Panel Examines Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Collapse
    The controversial mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take center stage again at a congressional hearing Wednesday. The firms are under federal conservatorship and have burned through $145 billion in taxpayer funds.
  • 'Sex And The City' Means Girls Night Out
    This holiday weekend, the hottest movie ticket is expected to be for Sex And The City 2. Many women have paid for special party packages that celebrate the movie's opening.

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