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  • Anti-Government Clashes In Iran Deadliest Since June
    A nephew of an Iranian opposition leader is said to be among eight people killed Sunday in a confrontation between protesters and Iranian security forces in Tehran. Opposition Web sites describe one of the most violent confrontations in months. Because of government restrictions on media coverage, some of the accounts can't be confirmed. Borzou Daragahi, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, talks to Steve Inskeep about the outbreak of violence in Iran.
  • Meetings Debate The Question Of French Identity
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a series of town hall-style debates on the question of French identity. He says they will help to clarify and reaffirm the nation's values. But critics say the debates are divisive and are a thinly veiled ploy to win right-wing voters.
  • Alcott: 'Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was'
    For many readers, Louisa May Alcott is synonymous with her most famous character, Jo March, the spirited sister in Little Women. But author and filmmaker Harriet Reisen says Alcott's life "was no children's book." Reisen's The Woman Behind 'Little Women' premieres Monday night on PBS.
  • Thailand Begins Forcibly Repatriating Hmong
    Thailand is trying to evict some 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers and send them back to Laos despite strong objections from the United States and human rights groups. They fear that the Hmong will face persecution. Thailand is using army troops to move the Hmong to the Lao border.
  • NCAA May Force Schools To Test For Sickle Cell Trait
    In the past decade, more than a dozen young athletes who died during vigorous workouts were found to have the sickle cell trait. Some health experts are concerned the required screening could lead to black students with the trait being singled out and excluded from sports.
  • Health Experts Call For Heart Checkups For Kids
    In growing numbers, health experts are recommending screening for heart disease in children, especially those who play sports. One in 100,000 people ages 12 to 24 are estimated to die suddenly as a result of congenital undiagnosed heart malfunctions. And children who play sports are nearly three times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than their nonathletic counterparts.
  • UAE Inks Deal For Nuclear Plants
    The United Arab Emirates — one of the world's leading oil producers — is making a push into nuclear energy. The UAE announced a deal to build four civilian nuclear power plants Sunday. They would be the first such plants in the Middle East. Officials awarded the project to a consortium of South Korean companies.
  • Technology: Apps Are Where It's At In 2010
    In the world of technology gadgets, 2009 could be described as the year of e-readers, smart phones and downsized laptops known as netbooks. What does 2010 have in store for fans of technology? Morning Edition tech guru Mario Armstrong says when it comes to applications for smart phones, he expects location-based services to be big.
  • Apple's Stock Hits New High Amid Gadget Buzz
    Speculation about Apple's plans to unveil a tablet computer device may have helped the company's stock price soar to new highs of more than $209 a share. That boosted the company's market capitalization — or the value of all its outstanding shares. Apple's market cap is more than $185 billion. That's larger than two of its rivals — Dell and Hewlett-Packard — combined.
  • Airliner Attack Forces Security Reviews
    The Obama administration says it will review how officials decide who should be on the terrorism no-fly list after the Christmas Day incident on an American airliner. The Justice Department has charged a 23-year-old Nigerian student with attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

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