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  • Emphasis On Innovation Could Boost U.S. Economy
    In a country with a 9 percent unemployment rate, innovation could speed up the economy's slow growth and create jobs. But turning a good idea into a good product isn't easy, and many companies are scared to take risks and fail.
  • As Focus On Fracking Sharpens, Fuel Worries Grow
    The petroleum industry worries that the focus on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will lead to more restrictions. Environmentalists are concerned that it's overshadowing other problems with oil and gas production.
  • Brooks Survives Phone-Hacking Scandal, So Far
    At the heart of the phone-hacking scandal threatening Rupert Murdoch's empire, is a woman who's been described as a "tough social climber" with "long flame-red hair." The woman is Rebekah Brooks, head of the British arm of News Corp. Andy McSmith wrote a profile of Brooks for Britain's Independent newspaper, and he talks to Mary Louise Kelly about it.
  • How News Corp. Received Billions In Tax Refunds
    Editor's Note: Reuters issued an advisory indicating that the column written by David Cay Johnston, on which this interview with Johnston was based, was wrong. We will provide further clarification as information becomes available.
  • Betty Ford Remembered At California Service
    Former First Lady Betty Ford's funeral was held Tuesday in Palm Desert, Calif. Among the speakers were former first lady Rosalyn Carter and the head of the Betty Ford Clinic. Ford will be laid to rest in Michigan on Thursday.
  • Rifts Develop In Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
    With the common enemy of Hosni Mubarak gone, the brotherhood faces internal divisions over its future direction. It could be vague on political positions in the past, but "now it's got to make hard choices," one analyst says.
  • Poppy Crops Set To Bloom If Afghanistan Aid Withers
    Afghanistan produces most of the world's opium poppy. As foreign aid money starts to shrink, the drug money may overwhelm attempts at a legitimate economy.
  • CIA Schemed To Get DNA Of Osama Bin Laden's Kids
    The British newspaper the Guardian reports the CIA recruited a Pakistani doctor to set up a fake vaccination program in the town where Osama bin Laden was living. The idea was to obtain a DNA sample from one of bin Laden's children.
  • Electronic Arts Buys PopCap For $750 Million
    A Seattle company called PopCap makes simple but addictive games you play on the Internet, on smartphones or tablets. Now it's being bought by a traditional videogame company for $750 million. Electronic Arts is watching gamers migrate from discs and video game consoles to the Internet.
  • Netflix Announces Price Increase
    Netflix will separate DVDs-by-mail and online streaming into two separate services. It will also raise the price on bundling the two services together.

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