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  • U.S., Poland Sign Missile Defense Deal
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is signing a deal Wednesday in Poland to build a U.S. missile defense base there. The agreement has already angered Russia.
  • Georgians Show Defiance As Russians Remain
    Russia shows little sign of ending its occupation of Georgia, but some Georgian citizens have found new ways to show their opposition. Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze says the more Moscow squeezes the current president, the more his authority will grow.
  • Around Resorts, Boomlet Towns Thrive, Too
    Around the country, more Americans are living where they want to, not where they have to. They're making new lives for themselves by the beach and in the mountains. Locals who have been forced out often buy houses nearby — and have their own effect on smaller towns.
  • Bacteria Fingered As Killer In 1918 Flu Pandemic
    Bacterial pneumonia attacked virus-weakened lungs and killed most of the 50 million victims of the 1918 flu pandemic. This finding may be good news should another flu pandemic strike, because doctors are now armed with effective treatments for bacterial infections.
  • How To Woo Voters In The Rocky Mountain West
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama hopes to win traditionally Republican-leaning states like Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada in the upcoming presidential election. That may require softening positions on key issues in the West, like gun control and land use.
  • Maine Lobstermen Suffer: Market Drops, Fuel Rises
    Lobstermen have seen their catch drop by half while fuel prices have tripled in recent years. With prices and sales flat, the fishermen are struggling to adapt to the times.
  • High-End Stores Share Discount Retailers' Woes
    Retail sales are down in the U.S., but it isn't just Target, Home Depot and Staples that are showing lower profits. High-end retailers are having trouble, too. Saks says many of its customers are cutting back. Weak reports from retailers is one of the factors that sent stocks lower this week. Quarterly reports from other retailers are expected Wednesday.
  • Consumers Still Spending, But More Cautiously
    Disappointing results from some of the nation's largest retailers are among factors driving stocks lower this week. Consumers haven't stopped spending their money; they're just spending differently.
  • Crowd Sourcing Turns Business On Its Head
    What happens when a company lets customers design and vote on their own products? Some Web-based outfits are finding success by doing just that. And the new business model is really catching on.
  • Calif. Requires Hybrid Cars To Make Some Noise
    Electric hybrid cars are quiet, and all-electric cars are even quieter. While all that's nice for passengers, it can be dangerous for pedestrians. California's legislature has passed a bill to ensure that the vehicles make enough noise that they'll be heard by sight-impaired people crossing the street.

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