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  • Obama, Pope Benedict To Find Common Ground?
    President Obama has his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Friday. The personalities of the president and the pope could not be more different, but both are in favor of expanding health care and have recently reached out to the Muslim world.
  • Obama To Make Historic Visit To Ghana
    President Obama flies to the West African country of Ghana on Friday. This will be his first trip as president to sub-Saharan Africa. The 24-hour visit is the only stop in Africa and is being heralded as a landmark for Ghana, a trusted ally of Washington.
  • GOP Won't Let Democrats Dominance Deter Them
    This week's swearing in of one more Democratic senator has given Democrats influence over 60 votes in the Senate. Democratic dominance will be short lived if they can't deliver on issues like the economy and health care. Two political strategists — Democrat Mark Mellman and Republican Mike Murphy — talk with Steve Inskeep about the how the parties will do as each side tries to take control of the issues.
  • Washington Cherries: For Dinner And Dessert
    Chef Garrett Brown shows a crowd at a Seattle farmers market how to make savory and sweet dishes with cherries — which Washington state grows more than any other place in the U.S. On the menu: cold cherry soup and pork tenderloin with cherry sauce.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi's Trial Resumes In Myanmar
    The Democracy leader is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest. The trial is a window into the intractability of the Myanmar government. Even the U.N. Secretary General could not convince the military junta to let him meet with Aung San Suu Kyi last week.
  • Sources: Burris Won't Seek Full Senate Term
    The junior Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris, is expected to make an announcement Friday. Sources say Burris, who was appointed by ousted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been telling Democrats he will not run for a full term next year. Blagojevich was arrested for trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder for personal gain.
  • Legacy Replaces Toxic In Treasury Jargon
    The Treasury Department has rolled out details of the Legacy Securities Program. It's a federal plan to dispose of toxic financial assets. The government is trying to get away from the word toxic. After all, who would want to buy toxic assets? Legacy assets sound more investor-friendly.
  • AIG Asks Government To Approve More Bonuses
    Hoping to avoid a backlash over bonuses, American International Group is asking the federal government to weigh in on the insurer's plan to resume paying retention bonuses. Published reports say AIG has asked compensation czar Kenneth Feinberg to approve the payments.
  • Growers Worry Blight Could Wipe Out Tomato Crops
    Some tomato plants being sold have a devastating disease called late blight. The blight is turning up on farms and in gardens from Ohio to Maine. Wet weather in parts of the region is creating ideal conditions for blight to gain a foothold.
  • Facebook Ads A Big, Fat Wrinkle For Some Users
    An invite to a Facebook group led NPR's Margot Adler to take a closer look at the ads on her profile page. What she saw were pitches for smoothing wrinkles and weight loss. Then she decided to ignore them.

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