4:40pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Europe

Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 6:36 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Berlin last month for negotiations on the European debt crisis. They meet again on Tuesday in Paris in another attempt to stabilize the faltering economies in the eurozone.
Ferdinand Ostrop AP

Within weeks, Europe's spreading debt crisis will force Germany to decide on one of the most critical questions in the Continent's postwar history: Will currency union be strengthened or weakened?

Germany, with the biggest and healthiest economy, has to make the call, and this has prompted a fierce national debate.

The 17 European countries that use the euro as their common currency have such widely varying debt burdens that they cannot survive as a single eurozone unless the strongest rescue the weakest.

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4:37pm

Mon August 15, 2011
It's All Politics

A Different Kind Of Party Bus For Obama

"The Beast" has a new big brother.

"The Beast" is the nickname for the hulking limousine that carries the leader of the free world. Next to the new bus that the Secret Service debuted today for President Obama's Midwestern tour, though, the Beast looks downright puny.

When Air Force One arrived in Saint Paul, Minn., the vehicle was waiting at the bottom of the stairs. It has pitch black windows, Washington, D.C. tags, and communications equipment sprouting off the top like weeds.

Call it "Beast Bus,"or perhaps, "Mega-Beast."

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4:01pm

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Somalia: Stolen Food Aid, And All To Blame

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 4:11 pm

Bisharo Hurow, 10, lays on a cot at a hospital in Mogadishu while suffering from severe diarreah and vomiting on August 15. A cholera epidemic is spreading in famine-stricken Somalia.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Two heart-wrenching stories are making headlines from Somalia, today: First, an Associated Press investigation found that thousands of sacks of food aid meant for victims of famine have been stolen.

The AP reports that the same food is then being sold in markets where children don't have enough to eat:

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3:44pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Law

Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices

At times of partisan stress in American Politics, the Supreme Court often becomes part of the game, and the ethics of individual justices become a focus of criticism.

Liberal groups are leading the charge now.

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3:26pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

For Slice Of Fame, Pizzerias Spar Over 'Oldest' Title

Pizza before it is put in a coal-burning oven at Lombardi's. Lombardi's opened its doors in 1905 in Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood.
courtesy of Lombardi's Pizza

For years, a New York restaurant has claimed to be the oldest pizzeria in the country, but now a rival from Trenton, N.J., says it deserves the crown.

A Trenton tomato pie starts out like any other pizza, with the dough, which has to be flattened by hand. Then things are a little different.

"We put the dough out first, then we put cheese on, then we put the tomatoes on the top because it tastes better," says Nick Azzaro, the owner of Papa's Tomato Pies. "I can tell you a lot of reasons, but that's the basic."

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3:13pm

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

British Police Arrest Man For Planning Water Fight Over Blackberry Messenger

Essex Police arrested a man for planning a water fight in Colchester, England. Police said on Twitter that the man tried to organize others using Blackberry's messaging service. Police presented the news on its website in the context of last week's riots.

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3:01pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Europe

Europe's Economic Crisis Claims Political Victims

European leaders are shown here at an EU summit June 23 in Brussels, Belgium. The continent's economic crisis has helped bring down two governments so far this year and several are in danger of being ousted from power.
Michel Spingler AP

Europe's economic problems are having real political consequences.

A declining euro and government austerity measures have set off regular rounds of street protests and even riots. Political parties in Portugal and Ireland have been ousted from power this year. Spain seems likely to change governments in early elections called for November, while leaders in France, Italy and Greece remain at risk.

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3:00pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Your Money

401(k) Nation: Road To Retirement Gets Rockier

Broker and financial adviser Jim Lacamp has been in the business long enough to remember when Americans had little stake and even less interest in the stock market.

It was a time when "people had a pension and profit-sharing plan that was run by [their] company," says Lacamp, senior vice president at Fort Worth, Texas-based Macro Portfolio Advisors. "They might see what a stock did on the news, but it didn't really have an impact on their daily lives."

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2:59pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Vampire Bats. Bites. Rabies. Oh My!

A vampire bat is caught in a net in the northeastern Amazon in Brazil in 2005.
MARIO QUADROS ASSOCIATED PRESS

A man dies in Louisiana after being bitten by a rabid vampire — bat, that is. It sounds like an episode of "True Blood," HBO's series that follows the fictional doings of Louisiana vampires.

But no, this was an actual missive from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the journal of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering all things infectious and deadly.

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2:33pm

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Yvonne, A Cow Wrapped In A Mystery Inside A Forest

A cow named Yvonne has eluded capture since escaping a German farm in May. She's been spotted roaming a forest, but searchers haven't been able to get close to her. Now an animal psychic has been called in.
Josef Enzinger dapd

In Germany, a dairy cow named Yvonne's death-defying escape — and continued success in eluding capture — has become an incandescent symbol of freedom and animal dignity. Okay, that may be hyperbolic. But how else to explain scores of visitors to Zangberg, the Bavarian commune Yvonne calls home, or the 10,000-euro reward offered for her safe return?

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