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Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Your Post Office Closing? USPS Is Studying Shuttering 3,700 Locations

A U.S. Post Office in Bristow, Virginia.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Postal Service announced today it is reviewing 3,700 retail locations across the country for possible closure. (A list is here.)

In a statement, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said customers are not using offices as much as they used to.

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Tue July 26, 2011

In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 6:13 pm

European geologists have conducted experiments in caverns like this one, at the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory, since 1995. The Swedish nuclear company SKB hopes to store used nuclear fuel more than 1,500 feet below ground.
Ingrid Becker KQED

First in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 2

At least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site. Finding communities willing to live with such dangerous stuff has been a big sticking point. But in Sweden, two communities have stepped up, and are willing to take the country's waste.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bowing To Pressure, McDonald's Makes Happy Meals More Healthful

McDonald's cutting down on french fries and adding more healthful items, such as apple slices, to Happy Meals.
Bill Parrish Photography McDonald's

The Happy Meal is headed for a nutrition overhaul.

Bowing to pressure that its kids' meals haven't been healthful enough, McDonald's will downsize french fries and put a fresh fruit or veggie in every Happy Meal.

Apple slices have long been an option with the Happy Meal. But the problem has been that parents have to ask for them in lieu of french fries. That's about to change.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert town of Gualish on July 24, as Gadhafi forces started attacking them in an attempt to capture the city.
Colin Summers AFP/Getty Images

It's been more than four months since NATO launched an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Since then, opposition forces have gained ground with help from NATO airstrikes, but Gadhafi's military is holding firm so far.

President Obama and other leaders have called on Gadhafi to leave, but he's clearly not listening. Now, the conflict in Libya has turned into a complicated waiting game.

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Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Revisiting That Default Deadline: Could Extra Tax Revenue Buy A Little Time?

Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April.
Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images

For weeks now, President Obama and the Treasury have fixated on an Aug. 2 deadline at which, they say, the United States will not be able to meet its financial obligations and would default for the first time in history.

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