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Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.
The profile is for Alex Rodriguez, the founder, CEO and president of A-Rod Corp. No confirmation yet that it is for the N.Y. Yankees star suspended over alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.
President Obama will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to train, assist and advise Iraqi forces on the fight against militants in the Islamic State. But they will not be involved in combat.
In a statement, an agency spokesperson said they believe the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, "can muster" between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in those two countries.
Israel has announced criminal investigations into 5 incidents during the Gaza war this summer. A home for disabled adults that was targeted is still on the list of possible investigations.
Both Turkey and Iran have much at stake as the Sunni militants battle for territory close to their respective borders. But each country has its own reasons to be distrustful.