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  • Europe's Dilemma: More Integration Or Less?
    The creators of the eurozone stopped halfway: The participating countries would use a common currency, but they wouldn't have common tax and spending policies. In other words, it was a monetary union but not a fiscal one. The debt crisis has now shown governments it's hard to have it both ways.
  • Greece Scrambles To Show It Can Cut Budget Deficit
    Eurozone finance ministers warn that Greece might not get a vital installment of a $150 billion bailout if they feel it isn't doing enough to reduce the size of its debt. Greek officials are racing to find more cuts, even as fear grows among the people that existing austerity measures have done little good.
  • Could Texas' Redistricting Leave Latinos Behind?
    The state will pick up four new U.S. House seats next year, thanks to a soaring Latino population. But civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department are signaling they may have some concerns about the redistricting process. A court case could force the state to draw new boundaries.
  • Into The Wild: Alaskan Train Caters To The Intrepid
    The Hurricane Turn is one of the last whistle-stop trains in the U.S. — trains that allow travelers to hop on and off where they choose. Found in Alaska's interior, the Hurricane Turn also provides the only access a few dozen families have to their remote homes and cabins.
  • 26 Protesters Killed When Yemeni Forces Open Fire
    Government forces in Yemen opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters in the capital Sanaa Sunday — killing dozens. Freelance journalist Tom Finn in the Yemeni capital Sanaa tells David Greene troops used anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on the crowd.
  • HPV Vaccine: The Science Behind The Controversy
    Some public health experts believe vaccinating girls as young as 11 against HPV is crucial to preventing cervical cancer later in life. But some parents struggle with the decision to get their daughters vaccinated because the virus is sexually transmitted.
  • Teens And Tweens Find They Too Need Vaccines To Attend School
    The HPV vaccine has been attracting all the controversy lately, but dozens of states mandate that teens and preteens get other vaccines. California is in the midst of getting 3 million children immunized for whooping cough in an effort to stop an outbreak there.
  • Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business
    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix is splitting into two businesses. It's an admission that Netflix just could not integrate its DVD service and its streaming service. The DVD business will now be called Qwikster. It will offer DVDs and video games. The streaming service will still be called Netflix.
  • The Ups And Downs Of A Tech Startup Roller Coaster
    Like entrepreneurs everywhere, the trio who founded Bluebox Now dream of making it big. But first they have to learn some lessons. As they're getting off the ground, a cycle of mentorship feedback and retooling drives their growth, though that may mean falling behind schedule.
  • New York Says Goodbye To Classic Parking Meters
    Following the lead of many other U.S. cities, officials in New York are removing the last of the classic parking meters for a single space, according to The New York Times. Those gray metal meters will be completely replaced by solar-powered devices that are WiFi and credit card ready. The new meters can handle up to eight spaces at a time.

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