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  • Obama Lobbies AMA On Changes To Health Care
    President Obama's plans for overhauling health care got a checkup from the nation's doctors on Monday. Members of the American Medical Association cheered Obama when he called for a system that would allow them to spend more time treating patients and less time processing insurance forms.
  • Health Care Debate So Far: A War Of Words
    In the absence of details, what has dominated congressional debate over health care so far is rhetoric. The biggest dispute focuses on two words: "public option." Or is that a "Washington takeover" of health care?
  • Critics Say Health Plan Lacks Competition
    Opponents to President Obama's public health care proposal have been calling it a Trojan horse. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says that the plan is not a trick to turn the current system into a single-payer health plan.
  • Author Tells Story Of Kenyan Whistle-Blower
    John Githongo, a journalist and activist who became an anti-corruption czar under Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, took great personal risk to expose government wrongs. Michela Wrong tells Githongo's story in her new book, It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower.
  • Prisoners Ride In Penitentiary Tour De France
    Some 200 French prisoners, closely accompanied by more than 100 cycling guards, prison sports instructors and magistrates, have set off on their own Tour de France. The 15-stage race will finish Friday in Paris.
  • Guantanamo Detainee Trial May Be Litmus Test
    The Southern District of New York has been handling terrorism trials for about as long as al-Qaida has been a threat to the U.S. The trial there for Ahmed Ghailani may become the model for how some Guantanamo detainees might be tried and imprisoned in this country.
  • Muslims Face Risk In Giving To Charities
    After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the government suspected that some Muslim charities were funneling donations to terrorist groups like al-Qaida. Anyone who donated to those charities could be accused of giving material support to terrorists. As a result, many Muslims abandoned their religious commitments to charity, one of the five pillars of Islam.
  • Gasoline Prices Rise For 48th Straight Day
    According to surveys, pump prices have risen to about $2.67 a gallon on average. This year's steady climb in pump prices continues despite weak consumer demand. Analysts attribute the spike to the declining value of the dollar.
  • Credit Card Default Rate Rising
    Defaults on credit cards have soared to a record high. Bank of America, the nation's largest bank, says it does not expect to be paid back on more than 12 percent of its credit card loans.
  • Enrollment Up At Truck Driving Schools
    Some job seekers are finding they really need to shift gears when pursuing their new job path. In the past year, truck driving schools nationwide have seen a 20 percent increase in people looking to take to the open road.

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