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  • Pakistan's Army Says Attack On Militants 'Imminent'
    A bombing Monday at the office of the U.N. World Food Program in Pakistan's capital killed three people and injured a half-dozen others. The attack comes as the Pakistani army says it is preparing to launch a decisive offensive in the tribal area along the border with Afghanistan in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan.
  • Pakistan's Foreign Minister On U.S. Afghan Strategy
    The Obama administration is engaged in an extensive review of its war strategy in Afghanistan, and the top U.S. and NATO commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has called stability in neighboring Pakistan "essential" to progress there. Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, talks with Renee Montagne.
  • A Changed Court Faces Key Decisions In New Term
    The Supreme Court is set to take up issues of campaign finance; gun rights; animal cruelty; and separation of church and state. The court must also adjust to the addition of Justice Sonia Sotomayor, taking over the seat occupied for 19 years by David Souter.
  • Maryland Roller Derby Team Rallies For 'Whip It'
    Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It scored big with one demographic over the weekend: roller derby fans. One theater in Maryland was packed with real-life derby girls the Mason-Dixon Vixens.
  • What You Need To Know About Swine Flu Vaccine
    After two months of testing, the swine flu vaccine will be released this week. NPR's Richard Knox answers listener questions.
  • Sales Expected To Be Flat This Holiday Season
    With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, industry analysts are predicting that this year, sales during the critical period will be flat, or down a percent. The Wall Street Journal reports that big store chains are already adjusting their inventories so they don't end up with too much stock on their hands.
  • Will Retailers' Holiday Hiring Take A Hit?
    Expectations are guarded for part-time or short-term employment during the Christmas shopping season. Two large retail chains have opposing strategies: J.C. Penney expects to hire extra workers, while Target plans to give existing employees more hours. Rachel Ward of member station WXXI reports from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Knoxville's Diverse Economy Buffers Recession
    The unemployment rate in Tennessee is 10.8 percent — twice as high as a year ago. Among the state's metropolitan areas, Knoxville is weathering the recession well. Business analysts say Knox County's diverse economic base means its booms are modest — as are its busts. Matt Shafer Powell reports for member station WUOT.
  • Cadbury Chocolate Rejects Kraft's $16 Billion Offer
    A member of the family that founded the British chocolate company Cadbury has spoken out about a possible takeover by the American food company Kraft. Cadbury's management recently rejected a $16 billion offer from Kraft. Felicity Loudon said she feels ''particularly saddened by the possibility of one of the last remaining British icons disappearing into an American plastic cheese company."
  • America's Afghan Bases Targeted In Deadly Attack
    In a remote part of Afghanistan over the weekend, one of the deadliest attacks against American bases there killed eight U.S. troops and three Afghan soldiers, as well as an Afghan policeman. The fierce battle highlights the difficulty U.S. forces face in defending Afghans and themselves against a growing insurgency.

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