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  • Father Plans To Sue CIA After Son Put On 'Kill' List
    Civil liberties groups are looking to challenge the U.S. government's right to target an American citizen on the grounds that he's a terrorist. Anwar al-Awlaki is a cleric living in Yemen. He is also an American citizen. And the U.S. has argued that it has the legal right to strike and kill him.
  • Mosque Debate Expected To Leave Scars
    In an interview with Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition, Anti-Defamation League President Abraham Foxman says an Islamic community center should not be built near Ground Zero, which he called "sacred ground."
  • Amid Mexico's Drug War, A Rush For Bulletproof Cars
    The spike in violence in Mexico has been a boon to the security sector, including the armored car industry. Fears of gun attacks and kidnappings has some spending thousands of dollars to make vehicle windows bulletproof and harden auto bodies with Kevlar.
  • Silk Could Offer Benefits To Bulletproof Vests
    Bullet-resistant vests are made from Kevlar, a synthetic fiber. But using silk as the raw ingredient could make them more comfortable, lighter to wear and maybe even tougher.
  • Audubon's First Print Is Found, Ending Long Search
    For decades, scholars have wondered what happened to naturalist John James Audubon's first commercial illustration, of a small bird called a heath hen. In 1824, the engraving was destined to decorate a banknote -- but it was soon lost. Now an example has been found.
  • CDC: Obesity Is A "Major Public Health Threat"
    The U.S. obesity epidemic continues its alarming increase. Federal health officials say the number of states where nearly one-third of the adults is obese has tripled. Officials say states are going to have to work hard to stop the epidemic.
  • With A Life-Saving Medicine In Short Supply, Patients Want Patent Broken
    A biotech medicine for people with a rare genetic disease is in such short supply that some patients want the government to break the company's patent. The unprecedented move would clear the way for another company to make the drug.
  • Virologist Who Studied Children's Diseases Dies
    A renowned virologist who identified the pathogen that causes life-threatening pneumonia in infants has died, according to The Washington Post. Robert Chanock was 86.
  • Struggling Bookseller May Put Itself Up For Sale
    Barnes and Noble is considering a sale of the entire company. Possible buyers are said to include an investment group that the retailer's founder would join.
  • U.S. Wheat Producers Benefit From Shortage
    Russia's wheat crop has been burning up in the summer sun. In Canada, wet weather has hampered the crop. Meanwhile, U.S. wheat producers are benefiting. The worldwide shortage of high-quality grain is driving prices higher. On the downside, consumers are likely to pay more for bread, cereal and other products.

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