President Obama visited Solyndra's plant in Fremont, Calif., in May 2010.
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"A White House official fretted privately that the Obama administration could suffer serious political damage if it gave additional taxpayer support to the beleaguered solar-panel company Solyndra, according to newly released emails," The Washington Post write
Duane Buck, "a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection" on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to "his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing," The Associated Press writes.
Esther and Bruce Huffman were playing with the camera on their new laptop but didn't know millions were about to see it. Their granddaughter posted on YouTube the retired couple's first attempt at uploading video. It went viral.
As the 17 European countries that use the euro grapple with the sovereign debt crisis, one possible way out is jointly underwritten euro bonds. The debt burden would be jointly shared among the nations that use the euro and stronger economies would help shore up weaker ones. But Germany — Europe's largest economy and main player in the crisis — remains vehemently opposed to the idea.
Libya is poised to bring its major source of wealth back on line in a matter of days. Oil profits will be vital to a government that has much of its money tied up in frozen overseas assets. The Transitional National Council has said repeatedly it will honor all the contracts made with oil companies by the Gadhafi regime. Critics say those contracts were riddled with corruption.
Pakistan is dealing with substantial flooding for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. For the more on the situation, Steve Inskeep talks to Timo Pallkkala, the humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in Pakistan.