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  • Fate Of Bin Laden Driver In Military Jury's Hands
    The trial of Salim Hamdan, one of Osama bin Laden's drivers, has gone to the jury. While the defense team argued that Hamdan's actions do not amount to the charges he faces, the prosecution maintained that Hamdan not only provided material support for terrorism, but also helped plan attacks with al-Qaida higher-ups.
  • 'Mother Lode' Of Gorillas Found In Congo Forests
    Gorilla experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society say they've made a spectacular find in the forests of the Republic of Congo: 125,000 previously undiscovered western lowland gorillas. The animals are critically endangered.
  • 'Way Of The World' Sees Fabricated Case For War
    In The Way of the World: A Story of Truth And Hope In An Age of Extremism, author Ron Suskind alleges that the Bush administration knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and eventually fabricated intelligence assets to support its case for war. The White House and the CIA deny his claims.
  • Commentator Novak Retires After Tumor Diagnosis
    After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Washington-based political commentator Robert Novak has announced his retirement. Novak has been a force to reckon with in American politics since the 1960s, with a measure of notoriety rarely matched in today's media.
  • Asia Expert: Olympics Altering China's Politics
    Victor Cha, an Asian studies expert at Georgetown University, talks about China's attempts to change its image ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Cha says that while China's domestic human rights record has not changed much, its stance toward the Sudanese government has changed substantially.
  • China's Pingpong Stars Find New Home Teams
    All four members of the U.S. Table Tennis team are Chinese. One of the players spends 11 months of the year practicing in China because she says pingpong in the U.S. "is really no good."
  • Internet Firms Set Rules For Government Requests
    In letters to lawmakers, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft say they've agreed on a set of principles on what to do when governments demand information about users or block access to Web sites. The code is for U.S. Internet companies that do business in China and other places where governments interfere with the media.
  • Luxury Home Builder WCI Files For Bankruptcy
    WCI Communities, a Florida home builder run by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, is the latest to file for bankruptcy protection in the housing market crisis.
  • Fed Committee Weighs Interest Rate Quandary
    Federal Reserve policymakers are faced with the dueling problems of weak economic growth and advancing inflation. Analysts expect the Fed's rate to remain unchanged. Steve Inskeep talks with David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about Tuesday's meeting of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee.
  • Ark. Man Pays $1.6 M For 1909 Honus Wagner Card
    John Rogers of Arkansas spent $1.6 million on what he calls the "holy grail" of baseball cards: a 1909 Honus Wagner in near-mint condition. As for buyer's remorse, Rodgers says a dealer has already offered him $100,000 more than he paid for the card featuring the Pittsburgh shortstop.

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