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  • Historic Floodwaters Begin To Recede In Minot, N.D.
    The Souris River is slowly retreating in Minot, where it peaked early Sunday at levels not seen in more than a century. About 4,000 homes are flooded, and a quarter of the town's 40,000 residents are displaced.
  • Japanese Ask: What Kind Of Changes Do We Want?
    It's been three months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. But the rebuilding is going slowly, and the Japanese are asking deeper questions about what kind of country they want in the future.
  • Journalist Recalls Father's Assassination In Pakistan
    Earlier this year in Pakistan, the governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, who was an outspoken defender of civil rights, was gunned down. His daughter, Shehrbano Taseer, is a journalist in Pakistan, and she talks to Steve Inskeep about her father's legacy and her own fight against extremism.
  • Egypt's State TV Has New Masters, But Old Habits
    The Egyptian revolution brought with it the hope that the media would no longer be a government mouthpiece. But according to critics, state television still takes orders from those running the country.
  • The Parkinson's Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now
    Many patients with Parkinson's disease struggle to find medical specialists close to home. But video conferencing is emerging as a way to get care remotely. Clinical trials of telemedicine have found that the quality of care is at least as good as with in-person visits.
  • In Old Age, Illness And Dying Can Be Postponed
    Gerontologist and commentator Dr. Mark Lachs tells some of his older patients there are plenty of reasons to remain active. Surprisingly, at a certain age, the likelihood of falling ill and dying starts to decline.
  • Home Depot Probed, New Capital Rules Proposed
    Federal officials are investigating allegations that Home Depot has been supplying Chinese-made products to customers in the U.S. government in violation of the Buy American Act. And, international regulators meeting in Switzerland have proposed raising the amount of capital that major banks must hold in reserve, in order to remain stable in case of a crisis.
  • 1 Man Does It Faster, Cheaper Than Big Pharma
    Drug companies aren't the only ones making money inventing new medicines for the market. A man in Massachusetts has brought three drugs to market almost on his own. His process is the same as the big drug makers, but he farms out each aspect of the process to independent labs and specialists. When the drug starts to succeed in trials, he sells it to one of the big companies.
  • Japan's Vending Industry Must Reduce Power Use
    Vending machine operators in Japan are under pressure to reduce their energy use after this year's earthquake wrecked a nuclear plant. A Japanese newspaper says vending operators are dispatching workers to switch off the refrigeration in the machines for set periods of time.
  • Obama Turns His Attention To Deficit Reduction
    After weeks of leaving deficit-reduction talks to Vice President Biden, President Obama will meet personally with Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. They're trying to work out a plan to stem the tide of red ink. But no matter what happens, the government will need to keep borrowing money. And that means lawmakers will need to raise the federal debt ceiling within the next five weeks.

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