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  • Obama Bus Tour Rides Rough Political Terrain In N.C.
    The president won the state by a narrow margin in 2008. His fall in support among independents in North Carolina means Obama now faces a struggle to stay competitive for 2012. His problem in the state is the same one he faces everywhere: unemployment.
  • Obama Helps Dedicate Martin Luther King Memorial
    Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, President Obama said barricades and bigotry have come down, but the nation still faces severe economic challenges and too many neighborhoods with too little hope. The president spoke at the long-delayed ceremony on Sunday.
  • Whitehead's 'Zone' Is No Average Zombie Apocalypse
    Colson Whitehead's Zone One describes the aftermath of a mysterious plague that has swept the world and turned billions of people into zombies. Whitehead talks about his zombie nightmares, why he decided to destroy New York and what makes a "successful" apocalypse.
  • Indy Champ Wheldon Dies In Vegas Speedway Crash
    Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in the 15-car pileup — a blow to his family, fans and to the sport, which had looked to this series to build a new generation of audience and racers. Wheldon was 33. Three other drivers were hurt in the pileup during lap 13.
  • Americans Urged To Rethink Dietary Supplement Use
    There's been an explosion in the number of Americans who take vitamins and other dietary supplements. But do they do any good? And might they actually be doing harm? Two new studies raise serious questions.
  • Look Who's Going Gluten-Free
    A lot of people are going out of their way to avoid gluten. Some have celiac disease, while others have some degree of gluten sensitivity. But the perception that a gluten-free diet is always a healthful diet isn't quite accurate.
  • Walmart's Top Man In China Steps Down
    Ed Chan was president and chief executive of Walmart China for the last five years, overseeing the retailer's rapid expansion in the China market. Walmart says Chan's resignation, and the departure of another executive in China, are for personal reasons, and are not related to a food labeling scandal the company is facing right now.
  • Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To Europe
    Clean up is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out to protest, among other things: greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor.
  • London Philharmonic Plays Music To Gamers' Ears
    Reaching out to younger audiences, and perhaps just for some fun, the London Philharmonic is releasing the album "The Greatest Video Game Music." It's orchestral versions of well-known video game melodies. The album includes the theme song for Supermario.
  • Misrata Militia Restricts Who May Enter Libyan City
    Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi terrorized the Libyan city of Misrata during the war. Because it never fell, the city became an icon of the revolution. But Misrata is gaining a reputation for a militia that is carrying out acts of vengeance, looting and restricting movements in and out of the city.

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