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  • Relief, Anger In Egypt As Mubarak Trial Starts
    Many Egyptians doubted that ex-president Hosni Mubarak would ever appear in court to face the charges against him. But he was in a courtroom Wednesday, lying in a hospital bed that was wheeled into the prisoner's cage. The scene was witnessed by millions of Egyptians as the proceedings were aired live on state television. Mubarak spoke only to deny the charges against him, but for many in Egypt just seeing him in those circumstances was hard to believe.
  • War Or Compromise: What's Next For Yemen?
    After months of massive anti-government protests and increasing bouts of violence involving a dizzying array of combatants, Yemen seems on the brink of total collapse and all-out war. But some in the Arabian country are still holding out hope for a negotiated solution, including the departure of longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
  • Economic Expectations: Who Is The 'Consensus'?
    We often hear about a "consensus" prediction on employment or the direction of the economy. But who are the people who make up the consensus? And how good is the consensus at forecasting?
  • Progress And Promise For A Town Once In Crisis
    The 30,000 residents of Marion, Ind., have been through a tough economy. Their mayor, Wayne Seybold, has been there, too, growing up in a trailer park on the factory side of town. He's downsized the city's government and expanded the business community. And his many trips abroad as mayor are paying off.
  • Tiger Woods Set To Play At Bridgestone Invitational
    Tiger Woods returns to golf this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. It's his first start in 11 weeks. Steve Inskeep speaks with Golf Digest's Ron Sirak about Woods' recent struggles and what to expect in this tournament.
  • Debt Deal May Erode Independent Support For Obama
    After the prolonged fight to raise the debt ceiling, polling trends show a strain of discontent with Washington and concerns about Obama's leadership — particularly among liberal Democrats and the independents seen as essential to his re-election bid.
  • Obama Gets High Marks For Diversifying The Bench
    The White House has taken some heat for its slow pace in nominating federal judges. But the administration has quietly pursued candidates who are far more diverse in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation than any of its predecessors, a move praised by many. But that strategy may have a cost.
  • Survey Finds Banks Haven't Changed Overdraft Fees
    Bank overdraft fees were supposed to drop after new rules went into effect last year. But a study from the Consumer Federation of America finds that at the nation's largest banks, the median overdraft fee remains $35, the same as last year. The study also finds many banks still charge customers multiple times on a single overdraft.
  • Airlines Poised To Profit From FAA Shutdown
    Airlines have been struggling this summer because of higher oil prices. Now they're getting a windfall profit thanks to Congress. Although they don't have to pay aviation taxes during the partial FAA shutdown, they have not lowered fares accordingly; they're keeping the difference.
  • Jobs, Recession Back In Focus After Debt Debacle
    With the debt ceiling deal done, the focus now turns to the actual problem: the state of the economy. Renee Montagne talks to The Economist magazine's Zanny Minton Beddoes about where the U.S. economy is headed and what's expected in Friday's jobs report.

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