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  • Georgia Jobs Program, Lauded By Obama, Has Critics
    Georgia Works is among the training programs President Obama is considering as part of his new federal jobs program, to be announced next week. It has been called a success by some, but has been criticized for how participants are paid. It's also unclear how successful a similar program would be at the national level.
  • Irene Chases Away Catskills' Labor Day Tourists
    Labor Day is usually a busy one for towns in New York's Catskills. Tourists from New York City and nearby states come to enjoy the last long weekend of summer. But this year, many towns are still cleaning up from the floods that followed Hurricane Irene. Business owners worry that even if they manage to reopen, the tourists won't come.
  • Powell: Don't Let Terrorism Change 'Who We Are'
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on how the country has changed in the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Powell tells Steve Inskeep, "We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people."
  • In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Ride
    In Cuba, hitchhiking is safe, efficient and free. That's why many women choose this option, which they say is far preferable to buses and taxis.
  • An Ice Age Beast Evolved To Beat The Cold
    The recent discovery of a woolly rhino skull on the Tibetan Plateau suggests that the rhino was one of the few animals that was prepared for the Ice Age when it came along. Scientists wonder which isolated places on Earth today will be the cradle of evolution for the next big environmental change.
  • Famous Bookstore Attracts Photographers, Not Buyers
    The bookshop made famous in the movie Notting Hill will close next week unless a buyer is found. A campaign has been started to keep the travel bookshop open. The founder of the shop says people are more interested in taking the store's picture than coming inside to buy a book.
  • 'Gainsbourg' Brilliantly Depicts The French Musician
    The new film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is an unconventional biopic about French musician Serge Gainsbourg. He is celebrated in France for the songs he wrote, and the affairs he had with beautiful women like Brigette Bardot.
  • Federal Regulator To Sue Over Mortgage Securities
    A top housing regulator is about to sue more than a dozen major banks over mortgage securities they sold in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to The New York Times. The Federal Housing Finance Agency accuses them of misrepresenting the quality of securities. The agency oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant mortgage guarantors that lost billions from the housing collapse.
  • Deficit Amendment Passes Spain's Lower House
    Spain's lower house of Parliament approved on Friday a constitutional amendment limiting the country's future budget deficit. The amendment would almost balance Spain's budget by the year 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.
  • Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs
    A report says the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising name in the top 10: northeast Ohio. But critics say the numbers of jobs created are too few to justify the use of federal stimulus dollars.

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