7:47am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Court Rules Against Dillard's In Hot Dog Case

Nolan Koewler was fired from a Dillard's department store in Evansville, Ind., after July 4, 2010. He'd taken two leftover hot dogs after a company picnic. After losing his job, Koewler sued. He said he didn't hear his boss's instructions to save them. Indiana's Court of Appeals has ordered the store to pay him unemployment benefits.

7:41am

Fri July 8, 2011
Strange News

Fried Fish Boycott 'News Of The World'

Just before word came that the scandal-ridden News of the World would fold, one final insult: a boycott. Fish and chips are traditionally wrapped in newspapers. And according to a satirical website, fish were refusing to be wrapped in the British tabloid.

7:28am

Fri July 8, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Drunk With Power In North Korea

In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo December 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, looks at a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage as he visits a factory of the Rason Taehung Trading Company in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.
Korea Central News Agency AP

Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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7:22am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Day's Other Major Story: June Jobs Report

Good morning.

As we wait to hear whether Atlantis is still on schedule to launch today on the last mission into space for the space shuttle program, here's a quick look at other stories making headlines.

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7:10am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

'Space Junkie' Expects To Cry At Last Launch

Self-described "Space Junkie" Lloyd Behrendt was only 18 months old when his Dad took him to see the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral in 1950. He's been to hundreds of launches since. Behrendt will be at the Kennedy Space Center for the final shuttle launch.

7:05am

Fri July 8, 2011
Afghanistan

Ambassador Eikenberry To Leave Afghanistan

The top American diplomat in Afghanistan steps down this month. Renee Montagne speaks with the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, who has worked there over the last decade — first as an Army general and currently as ambassador.

7:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Royal Couple To Visit Southern California

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit Southern California this weekend. They'll hobnob with celebrities, meet veterans, inner-city children and attend a polo match.

7:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

STS-135: The Shuttle Program's Final Space Odyssey

The first space shuttle mission was launched on April 12, 1981.
NASA

In May, when the space shuttle Atlantis was moved to its launch pad, STS-135's flight engineer, Rex Walheim, got a bit emotional.

"That is the most graceful, beautiful vehicle we've had to fly in space, ever, and it's going to be a long time until you see a vehicle roll out to the pad that looks as beautiful as that," Walheim said. "How can you beat that? An airplane on the side of a rocket. It's absolutely stunning."

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6:55am

Fri July 8, 2011
World

Ex-Cameron Aide Arrested In U.K. Hacking Scandal

London police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who also served as the prime minister's former communications chief, in relation to Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

London police said a 43-year-old man was arrested Friday morning over allegations of phone hacking and police bribery and was in custody at a London police station. They did not name him but offered the information when asked about Coulson.

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6:51am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Government Sector Isn't Adding New Jobs

The unemployment report for June comes out Friday. Businesses have been doing some hiring, but not fast enough pace to bring down the unemployment rate. Another problem is the sharp decline in the number of government jobs.

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