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  • First Test For Japan's New Ruling Party: The Economy
    Japan's likely next prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is in talks Monday to form a new government a day after his party's historic upset of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Hatoyama's center-left Democratic Party of Japan trounced the LDP, winning 308 of the 480 parliamentary seats up for grabs.
  • Myanmar Refugees Flee To China To Escape Clashes
    The number of refugees crossing into China to escape fighting in Myanmar has slowed. Some 30,000 refugees fled to China while government forces in Myanmar fought rebel militias.
  • High School Football Coach On Trial For Homicide
    Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School football coach Jason Stinson faces a homicide charge for the death of one of his players. Fifteen-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed at the end of practice last year, on a day when the heat index in Louisville, Kentucky, was 94 degrees. Prosecutors say Stinson worked his players too hard. Gabe Bullard reports for member station WFPL.
  • Emotional Game Honors Slain Coach In Iowa
    Thousands of people turned out Friday night to watch the Aplington-Parkersburg High School football team play — and win — its first game since 1975 without legendary head coach Ed Thomas. A former player has been charged with shooting Thomas to death in June.
  • U.S Open Begins 2-Week Run In N.Y.
    The U.S. Open tennis tournament gets underway in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Monday. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be defending their singles titles. Federer will be going for a record sixth straight Open title, while Williams will be trying to add to the two major titles she already has won in 2009.
  • When Treating Depression, Entire Family Called On
    Depression tends to run in families, and even one depressed family member can cast a big shadow on how the family functions. As scientists work to figure out the genetics of the illness, some therapists say treatment works best if the whole family is involved.
  • Becoming Close: The Geography Of Friendship
    Many of our deepest friendships blossom when we are eager, expectant college freshmen. It turns out that common interests and that mysterious "chemistry" are not necessarily what forms friendships. Researchers say proximity and race are bigger predictors.
  • Feedom Communications To Declare Bankruptcy
    The owner of the Orange County Register is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. The Wall Street Journal reports that Freedom Communications has reached agreements with its lenders to restructure its debts.
  • Down Economy Propels Return Of Layaway
    Parents and kids across the country are wrapping up their back-to-school shopping. Many are using credit cards to buy their backpacks, book covers and calculators. But some are turning to an old-fashioned payment plan that's made a comeback: layaway.
  • Retail Analyst: Consumers Benefit From Layaway
    Retail analyst Howard Davidowitz says the economy has forced many retailers to again offer layaway. Most retailers had stopped because it was not economical for them. Davidowitz tells Ari Shapiro that layaway has some advantages for consumers — but they better make sure they will be able to make the final payment, or they will lose the money they already have paid into the item.

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