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  • Democrats Get An Earful On Health Care
    At town hall meetings across the U.S., congressional Democrats have met with unruly crowds ready to voice their concerns over the health care overhaul. Even Alabama's conservative Democrats, who oppose the current legislation, haven't escaped the wrath.
  • Sen. Gregg On Sotomayor, Health Care
    The Senate voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court on Thursday. Linda Wertheimer talks with Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who was one of the few Republicans to vote for Sotomayor. They also discuss the ongoing health care negotiations.
  • A Voice For South Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation
    For the final installment of our series Emerging Cultural Voices from Africa, we go to South Africa. Lebo Mashile is a poet, performer and writer. She is a leading voice of the "born-frees" -- the young generation of post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Director John Hughes Was 'Philosopher Of Puberty'
    Filmmaker John Hughes, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 59, captured the teen and preteen market in the 1980s and '90s with movies such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.
  • Senate Refills 'Cash-For-Clunkers' Program
    The Senate has approved legislation to provide an additional $2 billion for the "cash for clunkers" program. The final vote was 60-37. The House voted last week to keep the program alive.
  • Drug Deal Poses Problems To Health Overhaul
    The White House is in an uncomfortable situation regarding overhauling health care. Earlier this summer, the administration blessed a deal between Senators and the prescription drug industry to cut drug costs by $80 billion. Lawmakers in the House want to cut even more, but the administration seems to be on the side of drugmakers.
  • Alabama Tomatoes: Homegrown And On Your Honor
    There's magic on Patsy and Herbert Spitzer's lawn in Pinson, Ala. In the summer, they spread out baskets of their garden's bounty on a card table. There's also a list of prices and a sign to put your money in the pickle jar. And you know what? People do.
  • Ford Sales In China Up 54 Percent In July
    Ford announced Friday that its joint venture operation in China sold 54 percent more vehicles in July, compared to the same month last year. Earlier this week, GM said its sales in China rose 78 percent for the same period. Earlier this year, China over took the U.S. as the world's largest auto market.
  • Chocolate, The San Francisco Treat
    San Francisco has a long and storied history with chocolate. In 1852, Domingo Ghirardelli founded his chocolate company there, making it one of the oldest chocolate companies in the country. A new company in San Francisco has taken a decidedly "tech and startup" approach to chocolate production.
  • Consumers Still Buy Little Luxuries Like Chocolate
    Some of the world's most serious chocolate shopping takes place in Brussels, Belgium. There are elegant showrooms with specially trained salespeople handling little squares of chocolate with white gloves. Despite the economic downturn, tourists are still bringing home treats for their friends and family.

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