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5:05am

Thu July 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Ex-Astronaut Says Camera Was A Gift From NASA

Edgar Mitchell traveled to the Moon aboard Apollo 14. After that 1971 journey, Mitchell took home a movie camera from the mission. He recently tried to auction it, but the space agency sued. Mitchell's lawyer says the camera was a gift, and in any event, NASA waited too long to ask for it back.

4:56am

Thu July 21, 2011
Around the Nation

'Post' Wants A Creative Name For Heat Wave

Washington, D.C. is suffering from intensive heat. The folks at The Washington Post blog "Capital Weather Gang" are trying to name it. Among the finalists: Helter Swelter, The Beltway Meltaway, and Sweat Ceiling.

3:24am

Thu July 21, 2011
Politics

Bachmann Courts 'King Makers' In South Carolina

After several weeks of campaigning, Michele Bachmann has become a series contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. She's been campaigning in South Carolina, which hosts the first Southern primary of 2012. The winner in South Carolina has gone on to win every Republican nomination since 1980.

3:17am

Thu July 21, 2011
NPR Story

Mayor Bloomberg Donates $50 Million To Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is getting a big boost in its effort to shut down coal-fired power plants. The plants produce nearly half the nation's electricity. But they also pump out lots of pollution that contributes to climate change, makes people sick and causes premature deaths. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg supporting the organization's efforts with a donation of $50 million.

2:59am

Thu July 21, 2011
Economy

Debt's Impact Could Be Worse If Interest Rates Rise

Originally published on Thu July 21, 2011 10:01 pm

For all the attention lately on the ballooning size of the national debt, short-term interest rates are so low that the government, at least at the moment, can borrow that money almost for free.

"Right now, with money as cheap as it is, the deficit is not a drag at all," said Albert "Pete" Kyle, a finance professor at the University of Maryland. "But if you look at what's coming in the future, the potential drag that you see in the future is a really big problem."

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