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  • Penn State Fires Coach Paterno, President Spanier
    The board of trustees at Penn State University has fired school president Graham Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno. The shakeup announced Wednesday night follows criticism of how the school handled child sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.
  • Does The Penn State Scandal Alter Paterno's Legacy?
    Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had announced Wednesday afternoon that he would retire at the end of the football season. But later that day, he was fired from the position he has held for decades by the school's board of trustees. Penn State and Joe Paterno have been criticized for the handling of a child sex abuse case.
  • EPA Regulations Give Kilns Permission To Pollute
    Cement plants, like Ash Grove in Chanute, Kan., burn hazardous waste for fuel, causing anxiety for nearby residents despite assurances of regulators.
  • James Murdoch To Testify Again On Hacking Scandal
    Rupert Murdoch's son James has been called back to testify before a Parliamentary committee in London. He faces questions over his previous testimony about the phone-hacking and police bribery scandal involving a defunct News Corp. publication.
  • USS Cole Attack Suspect Appears In Military Court
    The Obama administration's first attempt to try a Guantanamo detainee in a military commission began Wednesday with the arraignment of the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The incident killed 17 servicemen and women in Yemen in 2000. Human rights groups object to trying terrorists in a parallel justice system hundreds of miles off U.S. shores.
  • Mixed Signals Spark Fear, Hope For Saudi Women
    Authorities continue to go after women who flout Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers, but King Abdullah has pledged to give women more political power in the coming years. Conflicting messages from the kingdom on women's rights stir up hope, fear and frustration.
  • Senate To Vote On Portion Of Obama Jobs Plan
    The measure is aimed at getting unemployed veterans to work by providing tax credits of up to $9,600 to companies that hire disabled vets. The bill is expected to pass the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin — just a day before the country observes Veterans Day.
  • GOP Says Obama Supporter Pushed For Solyndra Loan
    House Republicans have released emails related to solar panel maker Solyndra which got $535 million in government loan guarantees and then went bankrupt. Republicans say the emails show an Obama campaign bundler used his influence at the White House to make the loan happen.
  • Before Leaving The Bar, A Chance To Breathalyze
    One company is selling breathalyzers to bars allowing patrons to self-test and see whether they've exceeded the legal limit. But some bar owners worry that patrons might decide to drink less if they see their blood alcohol level is too high.
  • Soccer Attracts Record Number Of U.S. Fans
    Major League Soccer games brought in a record number of fans this season. Sporting News reports average per-game attendance surpassed that of professional basketball and hockey games — putting soccer right behind baseball and football.

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