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Canada Aims To Take North Pole Into Its Nautical Borders
Canada's wish list this year might not please Santa. It's preparing to ask the U.N. to extend its nautical borders farther into the Arctic — far enough to include the North Pole, which is home to vast deposits of oil and gas.
Florida Capitol's Nativity Sparks Call For Pabst Festivus Pole
The Florida Prayer Network put up the scene, with a state permit. Chaz Stevens thinks that's an annoying mixture of church and state, so he applied for a permit for a Festivus pole — made of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.
Women Still Largely Absent From Corporate Boards
New research on Fortune 500 companies found that women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors, and they have an even smaller percentage of senior executive positions.
For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment
Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can't get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.
BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill
BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying some have no connection to the spill. But legal experts say the claims don't have to be spill-related and BP is relying on a friendly court to limit how much it will pay.
Surveillance Revelations Give Creative Writers Pause
A recent survey by the PEN American Center, a nonprofit writers group, suggests that recent revelations about government surveillance are affecting creative expression. David Greene talks about the survey with David Simon, the writer and producer who created the HBO series The Wire, among other hits, and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
Update On Services For Mandela
Renee Montagne brings us an update on the memorial service for the late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized
Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
Art Or Junk? Detroit's 'Heidelberg Project' Endures
An outdoor art installation in Detroit made from blighted homes and objects is stirring up controversy again. A rash of arsons in the past seven months have destroyed four of the Heidelberg Project's signature homes. But after nearly 30 decades of working on this project and facing resistance, artist Tyree Guyton is determined to make more art.
In Egypt, Protests Shift To University Campuses
Student activism is now at the heart of dissent against the state. But like Egypt itself, the movement is divided. Secular and Islamist protesters are closing down their campuses and demanding that the police be tried for their crimes.