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6:24pm

Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Headed For Liquidation, Borders Will Close Its Doors

People enter a Borders bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Kamm Getty Images

The second-largest U.S. bookstore chain called it quits, today: Borders Group Inc. cancelled a bankruptcy auction set for tomorrow and announced it will liquidate its assets and close its 400 remaining stores.

The Chicago Tribune reports that amounts to 11,000 jobs lost:

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5:20pm

Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

A Postcard From Arctic Russia

NPR

A group of NPR reporters are in different parts of the Arctic doing some reporting for an upcoming series on the thawing Arctic and what it's going to mean to nations in the region. NPR's Moscow correspondent David Greene sent us a few graphs and a couple of pictures:

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5:15pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Birth Control Without Copays Could Become Mandatory

iStockphoto.com

Is there nothing in last year's Affordable Care Act that people won't fight over?

The latest battle is set to come to a head Wednesday, when the independent Institute of Medicine is expected to make recommendations about preventive health care services for women. And one service that's drawing a lot of the attentions is contraception.

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5:10pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Afghanistan

As Leadership Changes, So Could Afghanistan Strategy

Afghan National Army soldier Mohammed Shadwar gets a bird's-eye view from the rooftop of a mud-walled compound during a joint clearing operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan. As the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan changes, there's a question of whether U.S. policy will shift from one that supports building up Afghan national security forces to one focused on targeting insurgents.
David Gilkey NPR

Gen. David Petraeus stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday and handed control of the war over to Marine Corps Gen. John Allen. Petraeus is leaving to become head of the CIA at the end of the summer.

A year ago, President Obama asked Petraeus to take charge in Afghanistan and jump start the counterinsurgency operation there. Now, there's a question of whether Monday's change in command also signals a change in strategy.

The Counterinsurgency Strategy

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5:03pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Music

Washed Out: Intimate Electronica

Ernest Greene, a.k.a. Washed Out.
Will Govus

A few years ago, Ernest Greene could be found working in the reference department of the University of South Carolina library. But in the back of his mind, he was writing songs. He later began recording those works, and he's just released his first full-length album, Within and Without.

Greene records under the name Washed Out, a term he learned as an amateur photographer.

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