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  • Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama
    On the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton made a rousing case for President Barack Obama to be re-elected to a second term. Clinton went through all the GOP arguments — answering each charge.
  • Colombian Government To Negotiate With Rebels
    President Santos told his countrymen this week that Colombia has an opportunity like no other to end a war that began in 1964. That's when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, took up arms to fight for agrarian reform. Colombia has tried and failed to negotiate with the Marxist rebel group three other times since the 1980s.
  • 'Godmother' Of Cocaine Trade Murdered In Colombia
    Griselda Blanco was one of the first and one of the most violent Colombian drug smugglers in the 1970s and 80s. She was shot dead this week in Medellin by an unidentified gunman. Blanco was 69. For more on her life, David Greene talks to Billy Corben, the director of the movie Cocaine Cowboys.
  • Mass. Prison Reviews Court's Transgender Ruling
    Massachusetts Prison officials say they are still going over a federal court decision ordering them to provide sex change surgery to a prison inmate. Critics are urging officials to appeal what they call an "outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds." The decision reflects a national trend of treating gender identity disorder as a legitimate medical condition deserving treatment like any other.
  • Never Too Early To Prepare For Presidential Debates
    Presidential debate coaches from past campaigns say things used to be much simpler. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is spending three days in Vermont this week preparing for next month's debates. President Obama has started his debate preparations too.
  • European Central Bank Meets On Interest Rates
    Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.
  • More Ships Are Loaded With Goods For U.S. Retailers
    Shipping companies report the volume of container shipments from Asia to the United States is rising. So are their rates. The world's largest freight line says thanks to high demand; it's boosting its trans-Pacific price by $500 per 40-foot container.
  • Gaggle Of New Gadgets Wow Tech Lovers
    It's a mobile gadget lover's dream week. Nokia, Microsoft and Google's Motorola introduce new smartphones. Amazon will show off a new Kindle. And all these companies are positioning themselves in advance of Apple's new iPhone 5, which comes out next week.
  • Court: Red Soles Merit Trademark Proetection
    A federal appeals court in New York has ruled the red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection. The glossy-soled shoes have been seen on movie stars like Sarah Jessica Parker. The ruling bars competitors from using red soles.
  • Campaign Uses Convention To Spread Obama's Vision
    Steve Inskeep talks to Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager of the Obama Campaign, about preparations for the fall presidential campaign and how the state of the economy will affect the debate.

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