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President Obama's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs is former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald. He is West Point grad from a military family, and would lead an agency in crisis.
Africa is big business for China. Howard French, author of China's Second Continent, talks to Steve Inskeep about why some African countries are of particular interest to Chinese leaders.
Delta Air Lines is building up its Seattle operation into a gateway to Asia. That's good for Western travelers but not so good for the bottom line of Delta's partner, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.
It's part of an interactive street festival that's transforming 2 city blocks into custom video games. They're played on giant LED screens and accompanied by Colorado Symphony Orchestra musicians.
The death penalty is in trouble — drug shortages, botched executions and lawsuits are calling the idea of a "humane" execution into question. Some states are returning to previously abandoned methods.
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The movie brilliantly tells the story of how an Italian-owned pizzeria becomes a flashpoint for racial unrest in one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods, Bedford-Stuyvesant.