Genes, Blue Jeans, and America, Can You Spare a Dime?

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Top Stories: The rise and fall, then re-rise, then even bigger fall of Jon Corzine and the bright side of the decline and fall of the America Empire? Nobody asks us to bail them out of jams anymore.

World: Post-mortems on both Egypt and Libya reveal that after the revolution ends, things are far from settled. Egypt's interim government is either uncaring or inept, while Libya's various, heavily armed militias have no intention of putting down those arms.

U.S.: A change in federal sentencing laws takes effect this week, which could shorten the prison sentences of thousands of drug offenders who got harsher terms for using crack cocaine instead of powder. A whistle-blowing doctor will collect about $5 million (from a $70 million settlement) from a Medicaid fraud suit he file against New York City, which is good because he went bankrupt in the process.

Science: As we learn more and more about how the brain works, do we run the risk of putting all our responsibilities on our neurons? One prominent professor says human are not ready to deal with the implications of neuroscience on society and law.

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Technology: A robot navy is growing on the world's oceans, sent by companies to measure weather patters, pollution, or anything else that you don't want to send a human to look at. The "gliders" are sold to researchers and businesses and can even be programmed to team up on missions.

Television: A preview of an exciting new PBS special The Fabric of the Cosmos, which could be the next ... well, Cosmos.

Fashion: Levi Strauss is encouraging blue jean wearers to stop washing their pants so much. They don't need it and saving water could actually save the company's bottom line.

Sports: Why are former athletes hardest on other athletes after they join the broadcast booth? Is it just for ratings, to boost their own egos, or is it simply the culture of the locker room breaking through? Also, another plucky, sentimental underdog story to get you ready for this weekend's Breeder's Cup. 

Obituaries: The life of Dorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary.

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