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Final Keystone Pipeline Decision Delayed

The State Department has ordered the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it from environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska, possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.

In Cuba, Door Opens To Residential Property Market

For the first time in 50 years, Cubans can now buy and sell residential real estate. The new law allowing such transactions is President Raul Castro's most significant economic reform measure to date, and is spurring the refurbishment of the island's long-neglected homes.

Students Skip Job Search, Seek Entrepreneurship

A growing number of students are forgoing traditional careers to launch their own businesses. For many of them, social change is just as important as their bottom line. Amy Reinink recently wrote about this for The Washington Post Magazine. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reinink and James Li, an entrepreneur and Georgetown University student.

In Parliament, James Murdoch Says He Didn't Know Extent Of Hacking

In his second appearance before British Parliament, Murdoch stood firm and blamed his deputies for not informing him how often illegal phone hacking was used at his publications.

GOP Says Obama Supporter Pushed For Solyndra Loan

House Republicans have released emails related to solar panel maker Solyndra which got $535 million in government loan guarantees and then went bankrupt. Republicans say the emails show an Obama campaign bundler used his influence at the White House to make the loan happen.

Before Leaving The Bar, A Chance To Breathalyze

One company is selling breathalyzers to bars allowing patrons to self-test and see whether they've exceeded the legal limit. But some bar owners worry that patrons might decide to drink less if they see their blood alcohol level is too high.

Jefferson County, Ala., Files For Bankruptcy

Alabama's most populous county has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Jefferson County commissioners voted to declare bankruptcy after years of squabbling with creditors over $4 billion in debt.

Senate To Vote On Portion Of Obama Jobs Plan

The measure is aimed at getting unemployed veterans to work by providing tax credits of up to $9,600 to companies that hire disabled vets. The bill is expected to pass the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin — just a day before the country observes Veterans Day.