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  • Obama Reassures Singh On U.S.-India Ties
    As a sign of India's rising stature, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was treated to the first state visit of Obama's presidency. The two leaders pledged to strengthen their economic ties, and Obama reiterated the importance of the U.S. relationship with India. During a news conference with Singh, Obama also addressed the topic of Afghanistan.
  • State Dinner Perfect Mix Of Personable, Formal
    At President's Obama's first state dinner Tuesday night, the menu was largely vegetarian in homage to India's Prime Minister Singh. Guests feasted on red lentil soup and roasted potato dumplings or green curry prawns. Plus an arugula salad from the White House garden and pumpkin pie to top it off.
  • Mueenuddin's Book Provides Back Story Of Pakistan
    Writers use the phrase "back story" to mean the background or history of their characters. Morning Edition is asking three acclaimed writers for the back story of world events. All were finalists for this year's National Book Award. First up is Pakistani author Daniyal Mueenuddin, who set his book in Pakistan. He talks with Steve Inskeep about his book of short stories, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.
  • A Vote For Health Care, A Vote Against Gun Rights?
    President Obama's push to overhaul the nation's health care system has been sparking debate for months. But a new attack emerged Saturday — from a gun-rights group. The White House responded Tuesday to the claim that the proposed bill is bad for gun owners. It's another hot-button issue for Democrats to address as the bill moves forward.
  • In Japan, 'Herbivore' Boys Subvert Ideas Of Manhood
    The sensitive New Age man has finally arrived in the land of the salaryman. Known as "herbivores," these Japanese men are drawn to a quieter, less competitive life. But their lack of interest in sex is a worry in Japan, where the declining birthrate is causing alarm.
  • French Chef Puts Spin On Thanksgiving Dinner
    Dominique Crenn was raised in Versailles, France. She now makes an incredible Thanksgiving dinner, but when she first came to the U.S., the entire holiday threw her off. In France, turkey is eaten at Christmas. So the American phenomenon of Thanksgiving turkey and dressing mystified her.
  • GM's Saab Sale Collapses Koenigsegg Backs Out
    A deal by General Motors to sell Saab has collapsed. GM says that Koenigsegg Group has decided to end the deal that was announced in June. Analysts say unless another buyer emerges soon, the Swedish car brand could be history.
  • J Crew Sales Up 14 Percent In 3rd Quarter
    J Crew Group Inc reported a quarterly net profit far above Wall Street estimates. Thanks to strong autumn sales of clothing and expanded profit margins from depressed year-ago levels. J Crew has been one of the few U.S. apparel retailers to see robust sales in a still-weak economy. J Crew is the clothing company that outfits the Obama girls.
  • Expansion May Be On Tap For Craft Beer Maker
    A provision in the federal stimulus bill waiving the closing costs of an SBA loan allowed a Colorado brewery owner to buy an additional beer fermenter, which increased the amount of beer he could brew. More beer led to more jobs and more customers, and now Kevin DeLange is looking for more space.
  • Molson Coors Reconsiders, Keeps Museum Open
    When beermaker Coors bought a local brewery in Britain, it decided to shut down the brewery's museum to cut costs. Residents protested. This week the company had a change of heart. Molson Coors agreed not only to maintain the museum, but to fund a National Beer Museum in Burton-On-Trent.

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