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  • Monday's Bloodshed Hardens Political Divisions
    Egypt's interim president, who was installed by a military coup last week, issued a plan calling for parliamentary elections next year and giving himself sweeping powers in the meantime. His move came hours after the deadliest clash yet between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
  • What Egyptian State TV Says About The State Of Egypt
    Egypt's state-run television station has worked under four different leaders in less than three years. For the past year, it has been pro-Islamist and pro-President Mohammed Morsi — before his ouster. Then it abruptly began reporting the military's view once again.
  • Pedal Power To Horsepower: Toys Point Toward Future Of Cars
    Toy cars — from pedal-powered roadsters to Matchbox and Hot Wheels sets — are more than just child's play. Kids' preferences in their toys can point towards future automotive trends, like a growing fondness for eco-friendly cars, and licensing deals can build brand loyalty at a very young age.
  • Furloughed Pentagon Workers Run For Freedom
    Some defense workers at the Pentagon, who have been furloughed because of sequestration cuts, are having fun and getting exercise with their extra time off. Renee Montagne and David Greene report on the Federal Furlough Five Mile Run Run For Freedom.
  • Judge: Jury Can Hear About Trayvon Martin's Marijuana Use
    In Sanford, Fla., lawyers for George Zimmerman are presenting witnesses who back up his claim that he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. They include several people who identify Zimmerman as the person heard screaming for help in a 911 call. And, Zimmerman's defense got another boost on Monday when the judge ruled the jury can hear evidence of drug use by Martin.
  • Employers Face Changes After Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling
    The Supreme Court's recent decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act means married same-sex couples are now eligible for the same federal benefits as straight couples. Employers are beginning to think about the changes they will have to make.
  • As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt
    Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war on the corn rootworm. They're returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren't working so well anymore.
  • Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns
    Lynch's exit comes just two weeks after the bookseller announced it was shelving its goal of becoming a player in the tablet business. Lynch has a tech background, and as CEO focused his attention on the Nook digital business. But the quarter that just ended showed huge losses for the digital devices.
  • Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season
    Over the next few weeks, thousands of U.S. based publicly traded corporations will be reporting their quarterly results. Within days though, judgments will start to be made on whether the economy is holding up well enough to justify stock prices that are approaching a new peak. Alcoa says it lost more money than expected during the second quarter of this year because of restructuring costs.
  • Why There Are Too Few Cooks For New York City's Elite Kitchens
    New York is famous for its food scene, but lately, the once-overflowing pool of potential chef applicants has begun to run dry. The reason? It's a pricey town to live in, and for chefs obsessed with local ingredients, smaller towns with vibrant food cultures are looking way more appealing.

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