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4:49pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Afghanistan

Death Of Karzai's Brother Creates Afghan Power Gap

Ahmed Wali Karzai takes part in a June 2010 conference at the Mandigac Palace in Kandahar Afghanistan. Wali Karzai's death leaves a power vacuum just as stability to Afghanistan's southern region seemed to be returning.
David Gilkey NPR

The assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's influential brother leaves a power vacuum in the country's south just as stability seemed to be returning in the region that once served as the Taliban capital, Afghanistan observers say.

Ahmed Wali Karzai — a onetime Chicago restaurateur who returned to Afghanistan after the 2001 fall of the Taliban — was killed Tuesday at his home in Kandahar. Some reports suggested the assassin may have been one of Ahmed Wali's own bodyguards. He had narrowly escaped earlier attempts on his life.

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4:46pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Super-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain Found In Japan

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea light up this microscopic view.
CDC

The emergence of a strain of gonorrhea that can thwart the last antibiotic effective in treating the common sexually transmitted disease was bound to happen, experts say.

The new, super-resistant strain is called H041, and so far, only a handful of cases are known in Japan. But don't count on it staying that way. Experience has shown that once a resistant strain of gonorrhea appears, it steadily displaces those that can be killed with antibiotics.

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4:32pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Sports Loses Its Escapist Gleam In A Summer Of Court Dates

Sport is a contract. Of course, sports are replete with contracts, from the billions of dollars that the NBA and NFL are currently at an impasse over, to the tiny print on the back of a ticket to a ballgame.

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4:10pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

French Reauthorize Libya Bombing; Juppé Says Gadhafi Is Ready To Leave

French lawmakers voted 482-27 to reauthorize the bombing mission in Libya. The vote was required by the constitution and came after a three-hour debate in the lower house of parliament.

But perhaps the more interesting news to come out of France is that Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said France has been talking to "emissaries" of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The New York Times reports:

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3:51pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The New Normal

What The 'New Normal' Means For Americans

Experts estimate that in a 2 percent growth economy, the average household income would increase $17,000 less over a decade than it would in a world of 3 percent growth.
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The sluggish U.S. economy disappointed most forecasters, not to mention job seekers, in the first half of this year.

It grew at an annual rate of just under 2 percent, which is below the average for the last half century when the U.S. economy grew about 3 percent each year.

And although it may not seem like much, that 1 percentage point makes a big difference — influential analysts are saying we're in for a "new normal."

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