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  • New Face Emerges Among Al-Qaida's Leaders
    A previously little-known member of al-Qaida's inner circle has risen to become a new face of the group. Mustafa Abu Yazid has a long history with al-Qaida but now has a more public role. And his recent ties to Westerners who have trained in al-Qaida camps have U.S. intelligence officials worried.
  • Applying Lessons From Iraq's Army Expansion
    Efforts are underway to expand Afghanistan's army. Greg Jaffe, a reporter with The Washington Post talks with Steve Inskeep about lessons learned in Iraq, and how they can be applied to the much larger Afghan army. Jaffe is the author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army.
  • Search Is On To Protect Troops From Deadly IEDs
    Homemade bombs, or IEDs — improvised explosive devices — are the biggest killer of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has spent about $14 billion to try to defeat them. At Aberdeen Proving Ground, north of Baltimore, scientists analyze the latest devices to help figure out how to save lives in the field.
  • Aspen Die-Off May Hurt Colorado's Economy
    Almost a third of Colorado's aspen trees could be dead in the next few years. The white-barked tree is suffering from what scientists call "sudden aspen decline" or SAD. The die-off troubles environmentalists and business owners. The number of tourists checking out the fall foliage is down this year — partly due to the aspen die-off.
  • Toxic Chinese Drywall Creates A Housing Disaster
    Between 2004 and 2007, an estimated 100,000 homes in more than 20 states were built with toxic drywall imported from China. It's being called a "silent hurricane" because emissions from the drywall destroy plumbing and electrical systems. The Gonzalez family moved out of their home because of drywall problems.
  • Awakening Ghosts In An India Long Gone
    Every evening, commentator Sandip Roy carefully flicks on the lights in his home. Now rounding that spooky time of year, Roy details his memories of a lush, sensuous India haunted by nighttime spirits of the past.
  • New IRS Team Will Target Wealthy Taxpayers
    The Internal Revenue Service has set up a special team that will focus on wealthy Americans, and the complex arrangements set up to hide their money. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman says the new global wealth unit is part of a broader effort to fight tax evasion by wealthy Americans who move their money abroad.
  • Politicians Take Sides In Boeing, Northrop Tanker Bid
    A heated competition between Northrop Grumman and Boeing for a giant Air Force contract is pitting two regions of the country against each other. Northrop won the contract last year but the Pentagon canceled it after a Boeing challenge. In a new round of bidding, southern politicians are upping the ante with a four-state alliance to lobby for the $35 billion contract.
  • Econ 223: Latest In Changing Financial World
    NPR's Tovia Smith last week introduced us to Anne Witte, an economics professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Witte co-teaches Econ 223, which is a primer on among other things: credit cards, health insurance and 401 (k) plans. Witte talks with Renee Montagne about the importance of the class.
  • Iceland's Economy Forces McDonald's To Close
    McDonald's has become the latest victim of Iceland's exposure to the world financial crisis. The country's three McDonald's — all in the capital Reykjavik — will close next weekend. The franchise owner says the country's currency has made it too expensive to import ingredients. Under an agreement with MacDonald's, he has to import everything from Germany.

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