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  • Report: More U.S. Troops Needed In Afghanistan
    The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan is painting a grim picture of the war in a confidential report. According to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal says without additional forces, the war will end in failure.
  • As U.N. Assembles, U.S. Seeks New Role
    President Obama makes his first trip to the U.N. General Assembly this week. After years of sometimes prickly relations between the U.S. and the United Nations during the Bush era, the Obama administration has been trying to mend fences with the world body.
  • Escape From Alcatraz And A 47-Year Manhunt
    U.S. Marshals never stop looking for fugitives, even after nearly half a century. The agency is still actively pursuing the three inmates who disappeared from Alcatraz Prison in a dramatic escape in 1962 — even though they've long been presumed dead. The intricate escape plan included the use of papier-mache heads to fool guards into thinking they were in their beds.
  • Terrorism Plot Suspects To Appear In Federal Court
    Three men arrested by the FBI in connection with an alleged plot to attack sites in New York and other U.S. cities are set to appear in federal court Monday. Colorado airport shuttle bus driver Najibullah Zazi, his father and a New York City imam are charged with lying to U.S. authorities, and officials say more charges are coming.
  • Doctors Don't Agree On Letting Patients See Notes
    Doctors routinely take notes after a patient visit. The notes are private and not usually shown to patients. Now there's a plan to open the secret notes. Some say patients have a right to see them, but others say it will make doctors less candid.
  • Old-Fashioned Medicine Needs Assist From WiFi
    For years, doctors and medical professionals have proposed a paperless nationwide medical record-keeping system. Since 1992, patients in the small town of Clay City, Ind., have gradually seen their paper records become entirely computerized. Now when doctors make house calls, they need to connect to the Internet to get a patient's records.
  • Luxury Car Market Tries To Lure Buyers
    Luxury car sales are down 32 percent, according to the Detroit Free Press. Dealers are offering more incentives and they're even pushing fuel efficiency. Cadillac sales are down nearly 50 percent. Cadillac is having an especially hard time because of GM's pull back from the financing business. One dealer tells The Wall Street Journal that leasing is now only 5 percent of his sales, and it used to be 65 percent.
  • Sweden Won't Put Public Funds Into Volvo, Saab
    Ford wants to sell its Swedish subsidiary Volvo, which has been suffering as a result of the global downturn in auto sales. GM is selling Saab. The automakers are major employers and industrial icons in Sweden. Unlike comparable situations in the U.S., the Swedish government says it is not willing to invest public money in trying to save the companies.
  • Author Adds Giant Lobsters To Jane Austen Classic
    Ben Winters new novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters follows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which came out earlier this year and was a best sellter. Winters says in Sea Monsters, he didn't change Jane Austen's original story about two sisters seeking husbands in 19th century England. The publisher says a third Austen "mash up" is in the works.
  • Obama Pushes Health Changes On Sunday TV Shows
    President Obama has set a new record for appearing on Sunday morning TV talk shows. He became the first president to appear on five of those programs in one day. It's part of the president's stepped-up efforts to sell a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system.

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