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  • CSI Iraq: Teaching Iraqis Crime Scene Investigation
    As the draw down of U.S. troops in Iraq continues, training of Iraqi forces is ramping up. And that includes law enforcement. One key subject: forensics. The near daily bombings across the country, as well as a series of high profile robberies, have shaken Iraqi confidence in their security.
  • Iraq Vulnerable To Influence From Other Countries
    As the top United Nations official in Iraq, Ad Melkert is concerned about the consequences of the U.S. withdrawal from that country -- not just for Iraq but for the entire region. Melkert gives Mary Louise Kelly an assessment on the situation, and the U.N.'s role in Iraq.
  • A Fitful Dream: European Unity Shaken By New Woes
    The European Union, a vision born after the devastation of World War II to unify the continent, has been rocked by the economic downturn, the debt crisis, rising nationalism and difficult issues like immigration. Can the 27-nation EU find a new sense of mission?
  • Experts Disagree On BP's Potential Cash Liability
    The amount of money BP will need to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf is yet to be determined. Some experts say the $20 billion the company has set aside for compensation, cleanup and penalties will be roughly enough. Others estimate that BP could be liable for more than $100 billion.
  • With A Quick Throat Massage, A Voice Returns
    A 43-year-old woman was silenced for six weeks with a condition called functional dysphonia. But a careful massage of her vocal cords and the muscles in her throat restored her voice in a mere seven minutes.
  • 'Voice Blind' Man Befuddled By Mysterious Callers
    Steve Royster could never understand how those around him could pick up the phone and instantly recognize who was on the other end. By the time he figured out in his late 20s that he had a rare disorder, he had had his fair share of awkward encounters.
  • New Drilling Chief Not Afraid To Fine Law Breakers
    The new chief regulator for offshore oil drilling says he's more willing than people in the past to issue fines and even jail terms for those who break the law. Michael Bromwich told the Associated Press that he's not against drilling. He calls offshore drilling "an energy reality for us for the foreseeable future."
  • A Lot Is Riding On The New Chevy Cruze
    Production begins on the new Chevy Cruze in Lordstown, Ohio, on Monday. GM is counting on the car as part of its economic resurgence, and Lordstown is counting on the newly created jobs.
  • GM Plans To File Soon For Stock Offering
    A year after filing for bankruptcy, General Motors is preparing to seek SEC permission to start selling stock again. Company officials say shares might start trading as early as this fall. GM's talk of an initial public offering comes after an encouraging year for the company.
  • French Police Reward Good Drivers
    Much of France is preparing to hit the road for the summer holidays. Instead of scanning the road for bad drivers, traffic police in one town south of Paris, are looking for drivers who are obeying the rules of the road. They're pulling over good drivers at random, and handing them gas vouchers worth more than $60.

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