12:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
Movie Interviews

Anthony Mackie, A Star Rising Step By Striking Step

If you know Anthony Mackie, you probably know him as "the black guy from The Hurt Locker" -- the tightly wound sergeant butting heads with a rule-breaking bomb tech. Since then, he's landed roles in a slew of films; some are still in post-production, but one -- Night Catches Us -- is playing in art-house theaters now.

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12:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
Around the Nation

Residency Fight Clouds Emanuel's Chicago Mayor Bid

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will be on the hot seat in Chicago Tuesday.

The hard-charging former congressman from Chicago's north side is facing obstacles in his bid to be mayor of the nation's third-largest city. First, a family renting Emanuel's Chicago home refused to vacate when he returned from Washington. Now, he's facing questions over whether he's really a Chicago resident, and qualified to be on the ballot.

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12:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
U.S.

Travel Group Unites U.S. Tourism Strategy

The United States doesn't attract nearly as many foreign travelers as it used to. And to try to address that, the U.S. government and travel industry have launched a new travel promotion corporation. The group says one of its first tasks will be convincing international travelers that the U.S. is looking forward to seeing them.

Until now, each U.S. state has been responsible for attracting its own domestic and international tourists. The United States has never promoted itself to the world as a whole country.

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12:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
Energy

The Charging Conundrum: How To Feed Electric Cars?

The electric car is no longer just a project for smarty-pants MIT students. Here in the U.S., plug-in electric cars are now in showrooms and on the highways. What's missing, though, is a convenient way to refuel those cars with electricity.

That's what Russell Rankin has discovered. Rankin is an enthusiastic entrepreneur who has 13 electric vehicles charging up at the back of the Loews Hotel in Annapolis, Md. They're not quite cars, but they're more than golf carts -- three rows of two seats, open on the sides, about 12 feet long.

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12:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
Books

End Of Days For Bookstores? Not If They Can Help It

There was a time, not so long ago, when chain bookstores had a pretty bad reputation. Barnes & Noble and Borders were seen as predators eager to destroy local booksellers -- and neighborhood bookstores were weathering threats from all sides. Megastores like Costco started selling bestsellers and encroaching on local shops. Then came a little company called Amazon, and the rise of online book buying. The indies were struggling to make ends meet, and many had to close their doors.

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