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Thu September 15, 2011
Europe

How The European Debt Crisis Could Spread

A giant logo of the euro can be seen outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.
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The world's major central banks are so worried about Europe's debt crisis that they are moving to shore up eurozone banks. The troubled banks hold billions in sovereign debt of Greece, Spain, Portugal and other struggling countries.

Left unchecked, this crisis could spill over into the U.S. economy. Here's how Europe's troubles could migrate to the U.S. and the rest of the world.

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11:55am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

V.P. Boehner? Not If He Has To Go To Funerals, The Speaker Jokes

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 2:17 pm

One of House Speaker John Boehner's tearful moments came as he took over from Democrat Nancy Pelosi last January.
Charles Dharapak AP

There was a funny moment during House Speaker John Boehner's appearance at The Economic Club of Washington a few minutes ago.

Asked if he might be a possible Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, Boehner — who's known for his habit of tearing up — joked that it's unlikely he'd be good for that job:

"It's hard enough for me to go to funerals of people I know, much less don't know."

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11:35am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Postal Service Eyes 250 Processing Facilities For 'Consolidation Or Closure'

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 11:39 am

U.S. Postal Service mail delivery trucks sit idle at the Manassas post office in Virginia on September 5.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, which is facing losses of up to $10 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, today proposed what it says are "sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year by cutting its network of processing facilities by over half and adjusting service standards."

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11:29am

Thu September 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Into The Wild: Alaskan Train Caters To The Intrepid

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 7:29 am

The Hurricane Turn is one of the last true whistle-stop trains in the country. Alaskans use it to access homes and cabins in the state's remote interior.
Annie Feidt For NPR

There aren't many rules on the train called the Hurricane Turn. Dogs roam the aisles and sit next to their owners on the seats. The baggage car doors are wide open, even when the train is moving.

"Oh yeah, this is like the best job in the whole railroad, you bet," says conductor Wade Sherwood.

The Hurricane Turn is one of the last whistle-stop trains in the U.S. — trains that allow travelers to hop on and off where they choose. With tight schedules to keep, most train operators have abandoned them.

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11:02am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

FIFA Rejects Former Executive's Appeal, Says He Remains Banned For Life

Former President of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Qatar's Mohammed bin Hammam, arriving at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) stood by its decision of a life-time ban against Mohamed bin Hamman, the former Executive Committee member and FIFA presidential candidate.

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