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  • Maass Observes Behavior Revealed In WikiLeaks Files
    The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks last week released documents that describe numerous instances of Iraqi security forces torturing and terrorizing prisoners while U.S. officers did nothing to stop them. Peter Maass, of The New York Times Magagzine talks to Steve Inskeep about some incidents he witnesses in an Iraqi detention center while embedded with U.S. troops in 2005.
  • Afghan Fighting Season May Be Over Until Spring
    In a major military offensive, thousands of U.S. and Afghan forces are sweeping through the rural areas north and west of Kandahar province. But they are finding few Taliban because they have either left the area or blended into the population. It may not be until next June before it's known whether the offensive was a success.
  • Democrat Helped By 3-Way Race For Minn. Governor
    In Minnesota, three men are vying to replace outgoing GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Conservatives are torn between the Republican nominee and an independent challenger. So Democrats hope former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton will lead their party to its first term in the governor's mansion in nearly a quarter century.
  • Party Politics Or The Politics Of Partying?
    Between the backstabbing and the partying, American politics can feel a lot like a college sorority. Commentator P.J. O'Rourke says the challenge is to enjoy the social scene without flunking out of school.
  • NFL Players Adjust To Crackdown On Illegal Hits
    In the NFL Sunday, it was the first day of games since the league announced a crackdown on dangerous hits. And it seems the message got through -- at least for now. There were no big-time defensive hits -- though there was plenty of talk about the new policy.
  • Stealth Health: Nudging Kids Toward A Better Diet
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding research into what influences kids' food choices. Early results suggest that subtle tricks may help kids eat more vegetables they claim to dislike.
  • Measuring A Country's Health By Its Height
    Height can be a clue to the health of a person and a population. The U.S. once had the tallest population in the world, but recent studies show northern Europeans are now on top.
  • BP Sells 4 Gulf Of Mexico Fields
    BP is selling four of its oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico for $650 million. The buyer is the Japanese firm Marubeni Oil and Gas. BP is trying to raise about $30 billion to pay damage claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf six months ago.
  • Government Proposes Better Gas Mileage For Trucks
    The Obama administration is proposing new rules that will require truck and bus manufacturers to improve fuel economy. Manufacturers may have to improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent over the next few years. The main opposition seems to be coming from environment groups that wanted tougher requirements.
  • Stinky Renewable Energy Source Creates Smog
    The methane gas released from cow manure is a valuable renewable energy source for many dairy farmers. But the gas creates smog, so farmers trying to reduce one type of pollution are, in fact, creating another.

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