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  • Pakistan's Foreign Minister Says 'Blame Game Is Counterproductive'
    In an interview with NPR, Hina Rabbani Khar says the U.S. and Pakistan are "fighting the same people," and "need each other," but at the same time "Pakistan's dignity must not be compromised." Her comments come at a time when relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are at a low point.
  • Will U.S.-Russia Reset Survive A Putin Presidency?
    President Obama has invested heavily in a "reset" of relations with Russia. But some believe those ties could be strained if Vladimir Putin again becomes Russia's president.
  • Boomers' 'Delusion' About Health In Retirement
    A new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds most baby boomers say they're planning on an active and healthy retirement. But some experts worry that when it comes to their health, boomers are still woefully unprepared — or worse, in denial.
  • Four Baseball Teams Battle For Playoff Spots
    The Major League Baseball playoff teams are almost set, with the wild-card races coming down to the wire.
  • Christie's Denials Don't Squelch Candidacy Rumors
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly said he does not plan on running for president in 2012. That hasn't quashed speculation that he'll reconsider. And nothing Christie said during an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California seemed to dampen the hopes of his fans.
  • Syrian Leader Digs In For A Long Battle
    Despite demonstrations at home and increasing pressure from abroad, Syrian President Bashar Assad is giving every indication he plans to stay put and fight. As the standoff continues, there are fears the largely peaceful protest could turn more violent.
  • Holly Petraeus: For-Profit Colleges Misleading Soldiers
    For-profit colleges have been under fire for graduates' high loan default rates. Now the industry is accused of targeting members of the military with aggressive and often misleading marketing. David Greene talks with Holly Petraeus, director of service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the wife of General David Petraeus, who recently wrote about the issue in The New York Times.
  • Study: Employers' Health Care Costs Up 9 Percent
    A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows health care costs for employers rose sharply this year — about 9 percent over last year — outpacing the rise in wages and general inflation. The average cost of family coverage through an employer-sponsored plan now totals more than $15,000 a year.
  • 'Lean Startup' Advice: Think Big, Start Small
    Many people have ideas for businesses, says entrepreneur Eric Ries. "But it's hard to know which [ideas] are the brilliant ones," he says, "and which are the crazy ones." The best young companies, he says, figure it out quickly.
  • For Sale: Hollywood's Famed Culver Studios
    Culver Studios, one of the country's most famous film studios, is going up for sale this week. It was the production location for classic movies like Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind, and has been the set for TV shows like Lassie, Scrubs and America's Next Top Model. The private investors who own it hope to get $150 million.

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