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  • Climate-Treaty Talks Target U.S., China Emissions
    Top delegates at the U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa, decide this week whether the Kyoto Protocol lives or dies. Tuesday morning, U.S. delegates have a one-on-one with China. The U.S. says it's open to discussing a future treaty but won't talk about anything legally binding until it knows what exactly would be in that agreement. China says it's open for talks but is vague beyond that.
  • Calif. Takes Big Step Toward Greenhouse Gas Limits
    California's radical new law will put a statewide cap on the amount of greenhouse gases coming out of smokestacks and tailpipes. Utility costs will no doubt rise, but advocates of the law say it will also create new businesses and spur development and deployment of green technologies.
  • For Mill Town's Youth, 'It Can't Get Any Worse'
    East Millinocket, Maine, used to be a booming paper mill town that offered residents what was basically a guaranteed ticket into the middle class. But today young people are scrambling to find a new path. "It's a little scary because it's going to be tough," says high school senior Jared Lyons.
  • Occupy Offshoot Aims To Stop Foreclosures
    Tuesday is billed as National Occupy Our Homes Day, and people are being asked to participate in some sort of civil disobedience at foreclosed, bank-owned homes. But a group in Madison, Wis., has been illegally moving people into foreclosed properties for the past couple of years.
  • In Kansas, Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Analogies
    The president delivers an economic speech Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., where Roosevelt issued a call for a "New Nationalism" 101 years ago. The memorable phrase from Roosevelt's speech is "a square deal," which includes a distribution of wealth that benefits the whole community. Obama is hoping to sound a similar note.
  • Romney Leads In N.H. Ahead Of Primary
    Steve Inskeep talks with Andrew Smith, a political scientist at University of New Hampshire, about the New Hampshire primary and how the Republican race at this point compares to 2007. Smith says none of the current candidates are doing what John McCain did to come back from the dead and win New Hampshire — instead, they appear to have ceded to Mitt Romney early in the game.
  • Independent Report: Olympus Management 'Rotten'
    An independent panel in Japan released a new report Tuesday after looking into a scheme to cover up accounting losses at camera maker Olympus. The report calls the company's senior management "rotten to the core" and states other layers of management were "contaminated."
  • Farmers Decry Proposed Child Labor Law Changes
    Many farmers are upset with the Obama administration over a proposal to change child labor laws for kids who work on farms. Many family farmers say the rule changes — a response to a number of high-profile farming accidents involving kids around the country — are well-intended but could put some businesses in a bind.
  • Postal Service Loses Out To Internet, Rival Shippers
    The U.S. Postal Service is proposing changes to stem the billions of dollars in red ink it's accumulating. While it's trying to shore up its losses, people's preference for email and online bill-paying — along with competition from the likes of FedEx and UPS — is eating away at its core business.
  • Austerity Measures In U.K. Affect Queen And Family
    Under new cost cutting measures, the queen's pay will be frozen until 2015. She reportedly receives around $50 million a year in taxpayer funds. Before the economy took a dive, she received more than double that.

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