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  • Pakistan's Musharraf Declares State of Emergency
    Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declares a state of emergency, suspending the country's constitution, firing the chief justice of the Supreme Court and filling the streets of this capital city with police officers. International pressure mounts against imposition of emergency powers.
  • Musharraf's Detractors Knock Double Posts
    Critics deride the two roles of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, saying the announcement of the state of emergency came from the chief of the Army while the person addressing the nation is the president. All media channels are blocked except state television.
  • Simone Dinnerstein: Variations on a Career
    When pianist Simone Dinnerstein became pregnant, she wanted to learn an appropriately momentous piece. She chose J.S. Bach's demanding Goldberg Variations, and the music helped lay the groundwork for both a new baby and a new career.
  • Neuroscientists Focus on Autism
    Brain researchers are experimenting with a new approach to treating autism. It involves stimulating brain cells called mirror neurons. Those neurons are thought to allow people to imitate and empathize. But in people with autism, they don't work the way they're supposed to.
  • Rice Hopes to Smooth Way for Mideast Peace
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East for the third time in six weeks, trying to bridge the gaps between Israelis and Palestinians. She's looking for a joint declaration of principles ahead of a peace conference that's expected before year's end in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Guatemalan Businessman Leads Vote for President
    Alvaro Colom, a former businessman wanting to spend more on education and social programs, was firmly out front in Guatemala's presidential election. Not all votes are in, but he is leading a former army general promising a firm hand on security.
  • Cuban Dissident Awarded Medal of Freedom
    President Bush will award the Medal of Freedom to eight people, including the president of Liberia, the founder of the C-SPAN network, and the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet will also be recognized, although he is in prison in Cuba.
  • Citibank Loses Billions, CEO Prince Resigns
    Citibank announces shockingly large losses from investments in subprime mortgages. That could completely wipe out fourth-quarter earnings for the largest U.S. bank. It was the last straw for Citigroup Chairman and CEO Charles Prince. He resigned Sunday after an emergency meeting.
  • Writers' Strike Could Harm Support Businesses
    Writers for network television and the big screen are on strike after last-ditch talks, called by a federal mediator, failed. There are about 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America, but a prolonged strike will be harmful to many more, including set designers, carpenters, drivers, dog groomers, caterers, hotels and more.
  • Could Facebook Change Web Advertising?
    The social-networking Web site Facebook.com is set to announce a new partnership that could rake in millions in ad revenue. To advertisers, the social networking sites are giant databases about potential customers offering information advertisers normally pay big bucks for.

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