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9:18am

Thu May 12, 2011
Mental Health

After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym

Frederick Simpson jokes with actor Tony Sirico at a "Wounded Warriors" lunch event at Walter Reed Medical Center last summer. Simpson's leg was shattered by a bullet in Afghanistan and he was knocked unconscious by a grenade blast.
Jan Somma-Hammel Staten Island Advance Photo

Wounded troops often spend months in physical therapy to regain strength in their damaged bodies. Now, the military is trying something similar for military personnel with injured brains.

The Department of Defense is using computerized brain training programs to help personnel with traumatic brain injuries.

The approach is intended for people like 1st Lt. Frederick Simpson.

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9:18am

Thu May 12, 2011
Japan In Crisis

U.S. Looks To Reinforce Nuclear Safety

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard an update today about the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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9:06am

Thu May 12, 2011
Middle East

NATO Strikes Libyan Capital After Gadhafi Appears

NATO airstrikes struck Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in Tripoli and three other sites early Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on state TV in his first appearance since his son was killed nearly two weeks ago.

Explosions thundered across the capital and wailing ambulances raced through the city as the last missile exploded.

Government officials and state-run Libyan television said the strikes targeted Bab al-Azaziya, Gadhafi's compound. They did not say which of the compound's buildings were targeted.

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9:05am

Thu May 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: 'Time For Companies To Step Up' And Bet On American Workers

CBS News

"It is time for companies to step up," President Obama said Wednesday during a town hall hosted by CBS News that's been broadcast this morning on The Early Show.

American taxpayers, he said, helped bail out several industries in 2008 and 2009.

"Companies have benefited from that, and they're making a lot of money," Obama said, "And now's the time for them to start betting on American workers and American products."

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8:48am

Thu May 12, 2011
Economy

Retail Sales Up For 10th Straight Month In April

Consumers spent more on gasoline, clothing and autos in April, pushing retail sales up for a 10th straight month.

But much of the gain came from a surge in gasoline prices.

The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.5 percent in April after a 0.9 percent increase in March. Excluding a 2.7 percent jump in gasoline sales reflecting higher prices, the increase in retail sales was a much smaller 0.2 percent.

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