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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Middle East

Obama Pressed To Get Mideast Peace Talks Moving

President Obama's speechwriters have been working on their latest message to the Arab and Muslim world. The administration has been struggling to come up with a consistent response to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. The president also is under pressure from some quarters to do more to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict as well.

All that will be on his agenda as he plays host this week to Jordan's King Abdullah and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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12:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Money Counts: Young Adults And Financial Literacy

College Student Debt Grows. Is It Worth It?

Americans now owe more on student loans than they do on credit card debt. Estimates show students graduating this year with about $27,000 of debt.
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Part of a series on young people and financial literacy

The amount of money Americans owe on student loans recently exceeded the nation's credit card debt. That may lead many to ask: Is it smart to borrow lots of money to go to college? Student financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz says that college debt is OK — if you're careful.

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4:53pm

Sun May 15, 2011
Space

Endeavour Ready To Go; Giffords Arrives To Watch

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is loaded into the vehicle that would take it to the space shuttle launchpad on March 15. The $2 billion cosmic ray detector will be carried to the International Space Station on Endeavour's final flight.
NASA

With wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on hand to watch, the space shuttle Endeavour is poised to give the work week a roaring and historic start Monday morning, overcoming wiring problems that grounded it last month.

Giffords' arrival Sunday afternoon included a quick fly-by of Endeavour on the launch pad, ready to go.

"Gabrielle is excited for tomorrow's launch. Do you plan to see history in the making?" her staff tweeted.

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4:49pm

Sun May 15, 2011
Around the Nation

In Mississippi Town, Residents Watch Rising Waters

Thousands of homes and farms in Mississippi remain underwater, and residents are bracing for the river's crest later in the week.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace checks the depth meter on his small boat motoring through a flooded neighborhood in Vicksburg. The reading: 71/2 feet.

Pace and his deputies patrol this and other inundated parts of town, making sure looters stay out. He points to the top of street signs that stick out of the water: Mary's Alley and Williams Street.

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4:42pm

Sun May 15, 2011
Author Interviews

Bike-Mad Author Finds 'Happiness On Two Wheels'

Before setting off on his quest for two-wheeled perfection, author Robert Penn had already logged 25,000 miles biking around the globe.
Bloomsbury USA

British author Robert Penn has ridden a bicycle almost every day for the past 36 years. He owns six bikes — for summer riding, winter riding, everyday commuting and everything in between. But not one was exactly right. Penn needed the perfect bike.

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