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  • Obama Outlines Health Ideas In Prime-Time Speech
    Speaking before a joint session of Congress, President Obama called on lawmakers to expand health coverage to millions of Americans while making coverage more secure for those who have it now. Several different bills have emerged from committees in the House and Senate, but none has reached the floor of either chamber for a vote.
  • Supreme Court Hears Campaign Finance Case
    The Supreme Court heard a second round of arguments Wednesday in a case that could transform American politics. The court could reverse decades of its own decisions that have blocked corporate spending on federal candidate elections.
  • A New Beat Gives Young Mongolia A Voice, Identity
    Mongolia is better known for its ancient "throat" singing, practiced by the shamans in the time of Ghengis Khan. But in a country where almost 60 percent of the population is younger than 30, hip-hop has become an effective way of making political statements and carving out a new Mongolian identity.
  • Writer, Who Disclosed Rock Hudson Had Aids, Dies
    Gossip columnist Army Archerd died this week in Los Angeles at the age of 87. He was the first journalist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One of Archerd's biggest scoops was the revelation in 1985 that Rock Hudson had AIDS.
  • Displaced Iraqis Return To Village In Ruins
    Most of the Iraqis displaced by violence who remain inside the country are struggling to survive in tent communities and shantytowns. In one relative success story, a group of displaced Iraqis finally returned home — but to a village almost completely destroyed.
  • Groups React To Obama's Health Care Speech
    Millions watched as President Obama called on Congress to get moving on his effort to overhaul the country's health care system. Wednesday night's speech and reaction to it, are likely to be a source of next-day, water-cooler talk. We hear from three groups of people, who listened to the speech in Denver, Delray Beach, Fla., and a Chicago suburb.
  • General Motors To Sell European Subsidiary Opel
    General Motors finally announced a long-awaited decision regarding its European subsidiary. GM says it will sell a majority stake in Opel, and its British sister company Vauxhall, to a Canadian auto supplier and a Russian bank. GM will retain a 35 percent stake in the business.
  • Administration's Mortgage Relief Program Growing
    The Treasury Department has begun releasing a monthly foreclosure report card for the nation's major banks. It tracks how they're implementing President Obama's "Making Home Affordable" plan. The latest report card shows that lenders have lowered loan payments for more than 360,000 people.
  • Roasted Wood: An Alternative To Coal Energy?
    Utility companies are racing to find alternative fuels to generate electricity — and one new possible source is also one of the oldest: burning wood. The process of torrefaction, or roasting wood and other biomass, is already gaining momentum in Europe.
  • Fed Up Villagers In India To Build Their Own Road
    Residents living outside a provincial capital in India have been waiting 20 years for the government to build a critical road to the main city. Government officials have blamed lack of funds since the project was announced in 1989. The French news agency AFP reports that about 750 men and women from seven villages have taken up spades and axes, and are building the road themselves.

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