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  • In Syria, Building Up For An Extended Battle
    Government troops are battling rebels for control of Syria's largest city, Aleppo. The government launched a major offensive over the weekend to retake neighborhoods held by the Free Syrian Army. Both sides appear to be preparing for a battle that could prove crucial to the outcome of the 17-month-old uprising.
  • Crocker On Afghanistan's 'Extraordinary Achievement'
    Renee Montagne speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he prepares to step down from his posting.
  • Olympic Swimming Records Smashed, Hopes Dashed
    American Dana Vollmer blew away the field, winning gold and setting a record in the 100-meter butterfly. Her teammates in the men's 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay fell short in the final stretch, winning silver. And the crowd went wild for English superstar Rebecca Adlington's finish in the 400-meter free — good for bronze.
  • Who's Ruling The Games? So Far, It's China
    With six gold medals, China is dominating the Summer Olympics so far. The host country has yet to win gold — though it has two other medals.
  • 'Lifting,' And Lifted By, Words
    Poet Ouyang Yu imagines an Olympic event in which he lifts up just one extraordinary word. "The magic of the word is that, when well lifted, it has the power to transform," Yu says.
  • Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Faces Court Challenge
    Several groups are challenging Pennsylvania's law requiring voters to show an approved photo ID at their polling place. Opponents claim it could prevent thousands of people — mostly poor and minorities — from voting in November. But the law's backers say it's needed to ensure the integrity of elections.
  • Magnets May Pull Kids With Sunken Chests Out Of Operating Room
    About 1 in 500 people has a concave chest wall, a condition known as pectus excavatum, or sunken chest. A new experimental procedure could provide an alternative to painful and invasive surgeries for children.
  • Cheer Up: It's Just Your Child Behind The Wheel
    Sure, teaching your kids to drive can be nerve-wracking. New research shows that positive reinforcement goes a long way toward instilling safe driving practices.
  • Geithner Meets With European Financial Officials
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is meeting Monday with his German counterpart; he's also set to talk with the head of the European Central Bank. The U.S. has been stepping up pressure on Europe to fix its debt crisis.
  • Idaho Counties' Economic Fate Tied To Industry
    Forget about the difference in economies among the states. In Idaho, there are drastic differences from county to county. Agriculture is booming, while the timber industry is hurting — and the counties that depend on those industries show it. Molly Messick of StateImpact Idaho explains.

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