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10:08am

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Abbas: It Is Time For A 'Palestinian Spring'

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:48 am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The president of the Palestinian Authority handed United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon an application that asks the world body to recognize Palestine as a member state. The dramatic move caps months of diplomatic wrangling in which the United States and Israel tried to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from reaching this point.

Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson made it official on Twitter, saying:

President Abbas just handed the Palestinian application to the Secretary-General.

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9:25am

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Fannie Mae Missed Chances To Stop Robo-Signing

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 9:29 am

An eviction team removes furniture during a home foreclosure in Longmont, Colorado.
John Moore Getty Images

In two reports released today, regulators say the federal mortagage-financing giant Fannie Mae knew as early as 2006 that lawyers were illegally signing foreclosure documents, but it failed to stop the practice.

The AP reports:

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8:20am

Fri September 23, 2011
The Salt

American Goat Cheese: From Hippie Chick To Hip And Chic

Cypress Grove's goat cheese wedding cake
April Fulton NPR

I'll never forget the taste of a particular glass of milk offered to me at my friend's house when we were in the fourth grade: Sour grass. After I tried it, my friend's hippie mom proudly informed me it was goat's milk. Gross, I thought.

I had a pretty typical East Coast 1980s childhood diet of sugary cereals and processed dinners, and so my palate was completely unprepared for the funky flavor of goat.

But now, some 30 years later, I've often pulled goat cheese out of the fridge to bolster a quick dinner or to serve unexpected visitors.

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8:09am

Fri September 23, 2011
Health Care

Bartering For Health Care: Yardwork For Treatment

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 7:02 am

True North Health Center in Falmouth, Maine, accepts "time dollars," in addition to real dollars. Patients perform services in the community, like raking leaves, to earn the currency, and they can spend it for care at True North.
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8:06am

Fri September 23, 2011
Economy

A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion

European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.

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