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11:37am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

How Debt Ceiling Talks Play Out On Wall Street

Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel talks about where we are in terms of the U.S. credit rating and whether it may be downgraded.

11:30am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

Where The GOP Candidates Stand On The Debt Plan

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With Republicans so divided on the debt-ceiling plan, the issue could be a major fault line in the 2012 presidential race. Only two contenders currently serve in Congress, but NPR took a look at how they all might vote on House Speaker John Boehner's bill:


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11:22am

Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

Debate Continues As Debt-Ceiling Deadline Looms

For the latest developments in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

11:11am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones

According to numbers released today, Apple has become the world's No. 1 smartphone manufacturer. Apple overtook Nokia and Smamsung in the second quarter of this year.

The BBC reports:

The figures from Strategy Analytics also showed that 361 million handsets were shipped, up 13% on the previous year.

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10:43am

Fri July 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Countdown To 7 Billion: A Tale of Two Worlds

Indian schoolchildren write English alphabets on slates at a primary school outside Hyderabad in June. India is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.
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The United Nations says that sometime around Halloween the seven-billionth person will be born into this world — most likely in India, which is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.

This latest milestone may not come as a surprise. But it is remarkable nonetheless. It took Earth 50,000 years to reach the one billion mark. By 1960 there were three billion souls. Since then we've added another billion every decade, or less.

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