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Wed March 9, 2011
Middle East

Unrest Makes U.S. Rethink Arms Trade In Arab World

The outcome of popular revolts in the Arab world is yet to be determined, but they have already forced the United States to reconsider military sales to the region.

The first country to be affected is Libya, which under Moammar Gadhafi had actually moved closer to the U.S. in recent years and was rewarded with some new trade deals.

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12:01am

Wed March 9, 2011
National Security

New Concern About Bias in Counterterror Training

Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, a career intelligence officer, runs the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. This week, at a New York Fire Department training center, Sawyer stood before a classroom of 40 fire marshals, chiefs and firefighters who are taking an 11-week course in terrorism. The evening's topic: the evolution of al-Qaida.

"So, the question is when you are sitting in the firehouses how do you make sense of the threat that is before you?" Sawyer asked the class. "How do you understand when you are reading the newspapers what it means?"

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Wed March 9, 2011
Space

NASA's Next Mission: Finding Homes For Shuttles

After space shuttle Discovery returns from its last mission, NASA workers will start getting it ready for its next voyage — to a museum.

NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet this year, and 21 museums across the country are vying for the chance to become a retirement home for one of the iconic space shuttles.

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Wed March 9, 2011
Media

Tina Brown's 'Newsweek' Has A Dash Of The 'Beast'

When she launched the newly revamped version of Newsweek, editor Tina Brown closed the loop on two paths in her career: magazines and web sites. The new magazine draws from her other venture, The Daily Beast.

"It was ironic, because I had abandoned print, having spent a life in print, and gone into the digital world," she tells NPR's Renee Montagne. "Now I understand how the two things can work together incredibly well, almost like playing in two different keys.

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Wed March 9, 2011
Research News

Lab Vs. Courtroom: Different Definitions Of Proof

A research study published this week offers a powerful reminder of the difficulty of using cutting-edge science in the courtroom.

The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the genetic fingerprinting technique that the FBI relied on in its investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks.

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