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2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Allies Want Crackdown On Protesters Curtailed

Diplomats from several countries are in Syria to make an appeal to end the government's violent crackdown there. It's been five months of violence and the government continues to launch new attacks. Renee Montagne talks to Christopher Phillips, Syria analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, about the Syrian military's latest assaults.

2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Greece Bans Short-Selling After Monday's Stock Drop

Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange plunged to their lowest level in more than 14 years on Monday in response to market uncertainty over U.S. debt restructuring. The Greek authorities imposed a ban on short-selling after the drop, which was exacerbated by worries about European debt and the stability of the Euro.

10:01pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Movies

Los Angeles: City Of Perpetual Cinematic Destruction

A tornado destroys the Hollywood sign (and everything it stands for) in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.
Photofest

Los Angeles doesn't stand a chance on the big screen. In the movies, the City of Angels has been obliterated by titanic tornadoes, epic earthquakes and a colossal volcano that bubbles up from below the La Brea Tar Pits.

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10:01pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Commentary

Hollywood Superheroes Losing The Fight For Diversity

Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordon in this year's Green Lantern.
Warner Brothers

The big budget disappointment Green Lantern was about a superhero whose powers were only limited by his imagination. But I kind of get the feeling that Hollywood's earning powers are being limited by its lack of imagination.

Consider the box office potential if movie producers had been as bold as Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series when it introduced Miles Morales — a part black, part Hispanic teen — as the new Spider-man.

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