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  • Pakistan Targets Suspected Mumbai Attackers
    Pakistani security forces have raided a camp used by the group blamed for the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The move comes after India and the U.S. demanded that Pakistan take action against the group.
  • Smugglers' Tunnels In Gaza Strip Booming
    Israel imposed an economic blockade on Gaza when the radical Islamic group Hamas seized control last year. To bring in goods — from weapons to cigarettes — smugglers are using tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border. Smuggling was once mainly the work of a few people derided as criminals. Hamas now calls it a patriotic duty, and business is booming.
  • Fears Of Unrest Prompt Bailout Of China Exporters
    The current economic crisis signals a shift in China's role as factory to the world. As American consumers buy less of China's exports, many factories and companies in the industrial city of Dongguan are seeing sales fall off and production lines close.
  • Guatemalan Official: Burning Devil Dirties The Air
    Guatemalans on Sunday celebrated a beloved tradition: "Burning of the Devil." Across the country, people lit bonfires and burned figures of Satan as a way to symbolically cleanse their houses. But the minister of the environment, for the first time, had asked Guatemalans not to burn the devils because it pollutes the air.
  • Hearing Begins Monday For Sept. 11 Suspects
    In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a hearing gets under way for five suspects in the 9/11 attacks. This is the first time families of some of the victims will be there watching. The hearing also marks something of a last stand for the Bush administration and its efforts to try terrorism suspects before military commissions. Renee Montagne talks with Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald, who has covered Guantanamo since the first detainees arrived in 2002.
  • For Teen Math Whiz, Aptitude Has Ups And Downs
    Raphael-Joel Lim of Indianapolis was a finalist for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the most coveted science prize awarded to American high school students. His research project has been widely praised for its originality and depth. But being a 17-year-old genius can be a blessing and a burden.
  • New York Giants' Troubles Don't Dwarf Fan Support
    It's been a roller-coaster month for the New York Giants. The NFL football team suffered a humiliating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Yet the Giants managed to clinch their division. Last month, star receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself with an illegal gun. With all the distractions, fans are trying to focus on football.
  • Gas Prices At Their Lowest Level In Nearly 5 Years
    A new survey of gas prices shows the average price for a gallon of regular is now $1.75. Gas prices are at their lowest level in nearly five years, according to Lundberg Survey Inc. Gas is falling along with the price of oil, which recently traded at $40 a barrel. The survey also points to the city with the lowest gas price: Cheyenne, Wyo., where people can fill up for $1.46 a gallon.
  • Obama's Economic Team Works To Create Jobs
    President-elect Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus plan calls for creating jobs through ambitious construction projects, which sets it apart from the plans of previous presidents that have focused on persuading consumers to spend more.
  • Why Congress Received Automakers Differently
    A lot of people have been asking why Detroit's Big Three automakers have experienced such a different reception on Capitol Hill than other sectors of the economy that are hurting. David Leonhardt, who writes about economics for The New York Times, says one reason is that banks can collapse overnight, while that's not true of the car industry.

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