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11:22am

Wed June 1, 2011
World

Countries Aim To Return from Disaster, Disruption

Cherry blossoms bloom amid tsunami devastation in Kamaishi city, Iwate prefecture, Japan, on April 20.
Yasuyoshi Chiba AFP/Getty Images

Image is everything — at least when it comes to tourism.

A country might boast the best beaches or amazing antiquities, but if potential visitors have reason to worry about their safety, they won't come. That's the problem now confronting several countries that generally rely heavily on tourism.

"You may have the greatest attractions, but any bad news will put them on the back burner," says Jafar Jafari, a tourism expert affiliated with universities in Spain, Portugal and Wisconsin.

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11:20am

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Massey-Alpha Coal Mine Merger Approved By Shareholders

The shareholders of coal mine giants Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources overwhelmingly approved a merger this morning, despite challenges from some large institutional investors and an ongoing controversy about Massey executives moving into the management structure of the merged company.

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11:02am

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Crack Cocaine 'Fair Sentencing Act' Should Be Retroactive, Holder Says

Saying that the Fair Sentencing Act that narrowed the disparity between penalties for crack and power cocaine offenses has been "a historic step forward," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder pushed today for retroactively applying the lighter crack penalties to some offenders now serving time.

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10:30am

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

One Reclined Seat Leads To Jet Turning Around, Fighters Being Scrambled

Tight quarters: Aboard a United Airlines Embraer-145, 50-passenger jet. (June 1, 2008 file photo taken at Dulles International Airport.)
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

If you fly a lot you've had this happen.

Seconds after the jet's in the air, the @#$%^&* in front of you reclines his seat, crunching your knees and raising some questions:

-- 1. Do you recline your seat as well and spread the pain to the person behind you?

-- 2. Do you grin and bear it like the stoic person you think you are?

-- 3. Do you ask the offender to give you a break and put the seat up at least a little?

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9:28am

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

In Bahrain: 'We Can Still Get You'

While the government of Bahrain today officially lifted the state of emergency that it declared in March when the "Arab spring" spread there and protests erupted, NPR's Kelly McEvers reports that activists say they've been warned against doing anything that authorities don't like.

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