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  • Violent Protests Sparked By Anti-Islam Film Ebb
    The violent protests in the Middle East and Africa — sparked by a film insulting Mohammad — have subsided. But there is still plenty of tension.
  • Something's 'Gone Wrong Inside The Muslim World'
    Following last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya over an anti-Islam movie, parallels have been drawn to a novel published in 1988. Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses angered Muslims around the world, and prompted Iran's leader to call for the author's death. Rushdie talks to Steve Inskeep about some of the reasons behind the recent violence.
  • Antietam: A Savage Day In American History
    The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single day in American history, and the partial victory by Union troops led Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that left 23,000 men killed or wounded on both sides.
  • Kilpatrick Corruption Case A 'Classic Greek Tragedy'
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick faces federal charges he used city government to operate a widespread criminal enterprise. The government's case hinges on wiretaps, racy text messages, and testimony from some of Kilpatrick's childhood friends who worked in his administration.
  • Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform
    Teachers' expectations about their students' abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback. But training aimed at changing teaching behavior can also help change expectations.
  • White House To Launch Trade Case Against China
    The Obama administration reportedly will file a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization in Geneva Monday. The case charges China subsidizes its cars and auto parts — giving it an unfair trade advantage over U.S. auto manufacturers.
  • Gasoline Prices Expected To Start Dropping
    Average prices for regular gasoline in the U.S. have risen about 50 cents a gallon since July. But as the summer driving season ends and demand declines, prices likely will begin to fall. By November, the national average is expected to be around $3.50 a gallon.
  • Rwanda's Economy: An Unlikely Success Story
    President Paul Kagame has changed the country by tackling problems that have plagued other African economies. He's also taking cues from East Asia's "Tiger" economies. But it's not all good news: Most citizens are still poor, and rights groups routinely blast Kagame.
  • Yahoo Tempts Workers To Dump BlackBerry Phones
    Over the weekend, Yahoo announced it would buy employees the smartphone of their choice as long as it is not a BlackBerry. It will pick up the tab --- with a data plan — for the brand new iPhone 5 and the yet-to-be-released Windows Phone 8.
  • Worries At Home From Anti-American Protests
    The protests against an anti-Islam movie made in the U.S. are expected to continue for a while. How concerned is the Obama administration about political fallout at home? Plus, what's the impact of early and absentee votes on November's presidential election?

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