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Libyan Rebels Ask Oil Workers To Return To Brega
Now that the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is crumbling, residents of some cities outside the capital are returning to their homes. Brega, site of an important oil installation, is one such city. It changed hands several times during the conflict but it is firmly in rebel hands, and its residents are trying to re-establish their lives.
Puerto Rican Governor Faces Opposition To Pipeline
Gov. Luis Fortuno wants to build a 92-mile natural gas pipeline to help bring down energy costs. But more than two-thirds of the island's residents oppose its construction, and a majority don't believe it will lower their bills. The project has also drawn criticism in Congress.
Grizzlies Test Products To Keep Out The Average Bear
A park in Montana enlists animals that have had close contact with humans to help prevent other bears from getting hooked on human food. For 60 minutes, a bear will poke, prod and smash supposedly bear-resistant coolers, trash cans and more — and if they can't get in, the products pass the test.
Military Branches Try To Deflect Budget Cuts
A Congressional panel has roughly three months to come up with a plan to cut the deficit. The Pentagon is likely to get hit with hundreds of billions of dollars in additional budget cuts. Each branch of the military knows the cuts are coming — so they are trying publicly, and privately, to minimize the damage to their bottom lines.
New U.S. Deportation Policy Spares Some
The goal now is to prosecute more people convicted of crimes and to ease off those like Ileana Salinas, a 22-year-old college student. But the newly announced plan has critics both among those who want immigration reform and those who see it as an amnesty.
Steve Jobs Resigns, Google Settles Lawsuit
Apple's founder CEO Steve Jobs announced he's stepping down from his post. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will replace him. In other technology news, Google has agreed to pay $500 million to settle government charges that it knowingly posted ads from illegal online pharmacies.
Consumer Bureau Protects Soldiers From Scams
Holly Petreaus — the wife of four star Gen. David Petraeus, who will become CIA director next month — has been touring U.S. military bases. She leads an office in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that watches out for soldiers. They can often be prey to loan sharks and financial scams.
New Hotel On Las Vegas Strip Could Be Imploded
The down economy has hit Las Vegas especially hard. Now, there's a proposal to implode a new — but never used — hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip. Renee Montagne talks with Oskar Garcia, the Las Vegas reporter for the Associated Press, about the Harmon Tower and the state of the Strip.