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  • 2 Penn State Officials Leave Amid Sex Abuse Scandal
    Two top Penn State officials charged with covering up allegations of a child sex abuse scandal have stepped down after Sunday's emergency meeting of the university's Board of Trustees. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.
  • Pakistan Urged To Nudge Militants Toward Peace
    Washington is no longer demanding that Pakistan launch a military offensive against the Haqqani network which is based along the Afghan border. Instead, the U.S. wants Pakistan to supply intelligence on the militants and get them to the negotiating table.
  • As More Police Wear Cameras, Policy Questions Arise
    Police departments are starting to equip officers with video cameras on their uniforms. It's supposed to protect both cops and the public, and clarify he-said-she-said situations. But the technology is raising a number of questions and concerns about privacy and who has access to the videos.
  • Incumbent Unopposed In Liberia's Presidential Runoff
    In Liberia, the second round of the presidential election is set for Tuesday. The incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came out ahead in the first round. She was to face former Justice Minister Winston Tubman, but he has withdrawn. The development raises questions about the election's legitimacy.
  • Second Thoughts On Medicines For Babies Who Spit Up
    Even though some popular heartburn medicines haven't been approved to treat babies, the medicines are being prescribed as a remedy for spitting up. Another option: modifying Mom's diet to make her breast milk more palatable.
  • Why HPV Vaccination Of Boys May Be Easier
    The idea that teenage girls might have sex is hard for many parents to accept, complicating the case for HPV immunization. For boys, sex is almost expected, so there may be less resistance to their vaccination.
  • Italy Debates Debt Plan, U.S. Customers Change Banks
    The lawmakers' vote on the plan is also a test of Italy's leadership, and whether it's stable enough to deal with its troubled government finances. Meanwhile, major U.S. banks have backed off plans to impose new debit card fees, but thousands of people still shifted their money to smaller institutions.
  • Nebraska May Play Key Role In Canada Pipeline Battle
    TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline would cut through the Ogallala aquifer, a major water source that supplies about 80 percent of Nebraska's water for drinking and irrigation. Legislators have introduced bills preventing pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Sony, Panasonic Scale Back TV Manufacturing
    Japanese electronics makers Sony and Panasonic are scaling back when it comes to flat-screen TVs. Bested by their Korean counterparts, the companies recently announced they are shrinking their money-losing operations. Analyst and investors are wondering why they didn't do it sooner.
  • Chinese Artist Gets Help Paying Huge Tax Bill
    After Chinese officials released outspoken artist Ai Weiwei from three months in jail, the government slapped him with a tax bill of more than $2 million. The artist has received more than $800,000 in donations to help pay off the bill.

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