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  • China Warily Eyes E.U. Bailout
    As the G-20 convenes in Cannes Thursday, the European Union's roller-coaster debt crisis tops the agenda. Last week, European leaders asked cash-rich China to back the E.U.'s bailout fund. Some economists saw the request as marking a shift in the global economic order.
  • How Technology Is Eliminating Higher-Skill Jobs
    Machines used to take over work that was physically hard or dangerous or just monotonous. But one expert says that now the things that are easiest to automate are not the lowest-skill activities. Instead, higher-skill, better-paying jobs are being lost.
  • Protesters Clash With Police In Oakland
    About 3,000 people gathered at the Port of Oakland Wednesday, and effectively shut it down. People flooded the port area and blocked exits. The protest remained largely peaceful until the late evening, when police responded to a bonfire.
  • Infamous Arms Dealer Faces Life In Prison
    Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was found guilty of conspiring to sell weapons to South American terrorists Wednesday. Host Renee Montagne talks to Michael Sullivan about the conviction of the so-called "Merchant of Death."
  • When Governments Pay People To Have Babies
    It's a strategy some countries have adopted to boost falling fertility rates. Here's why it often fails.
  • N.C. School Board Race Makes National Waves
    Control of the Wake County school board in Raleigh, N.C., is at stake in a special runoff election set for next week. The race has become a political hot spot that could help determine much larger elections in the state. It's attracting national attention — and big money.
  • Pipeline Decision Pits Jobs Against Environment
    In the coming months, the Obama administration must decide whether to approve an oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. The decision will divide his political base: labor, which says the pipeline would create jobs, and environmentalists, who worry about its impact.
  • New York Town Takes Up Fracking Issue
    Some towns in New York are rushing to ban horizontal hydrofracking, a controversial technique for capturing natural gas trapped deep under ground. The state itself has yet to approve fracking, but Dryden, N.Y., isn't taking any chances. Town supervisors approved a ban based on local zoning. David Chanatry of the New York Reporting Project at Utica College reports, the Dryden's ban is the issue in next week's town board elections.
  • The Fed Downgrades Its Outlook On The Economy
    The Federal Reserve is predicting slower growth and less improvement in the unemployment rate through 2013. The news comes after a meeting of the Fed's policy-making committee, in which it decided against taking new measures to stimulate the economy. But Chairman Ben Bernanke said additional steps may be needed down the road.
  • Troubled First Solar, Inc. To Announce Earnings
    One of the main solar companies in the United States, First Solar, is in trouble. Its CEO was forced out in October and its stock prices have fallen dramatically. Thursday the Arizona-based company announces its earnings and investors are going be demanding answers. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd report.

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