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Sen. Levin: U.S. Aid To Egypt Should Be Suspended

Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, about suspending U.S. aid to Egypt.

Members Of Elite Firefighting Unit Memorialized In Arizona

Thousands of firefighters gathered in Prescott, Ariz., to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who were killed by a wildfire on Sunday, June 30. The speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, who said, "All men are created equal. But then, a few became firefighters."

Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season

Over the next few weeks, thousands of U.S. based publicly traded corporations will be reporting their quarterly results. Within days though, judgments will start to be made on whether the economy is holding up well enough to justify stock prices that are approaching a new peak. Alcoa says it lost more money than expected during the second quarter of this year because of restructuring costs.

First Responders Hailed As Heroes After Plane Crash

Investigators in San Francisco are poring over the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Two people were killed on Saturday when the plane crash-landed. Firefighters positioned themselves to knock down most of the fire in the fuselage with foam.

Navigating The Skills To Successfully Land A Jet

What skills does it take to land a commercial jet? To find out what training is required, Renee Montagne talks to Dr. David Esser, an airline transport pilot and professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Privacy Board To Scrutinize Surveillance Programs

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board holds its first public workshop on the implications of two NSA programs uncovered by the media. The board is getting into action just as the Obama administration faces its biggest privacy challenge.

The Family That Spits Together, Stays Together

The 40th Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship was just held in Michigan. Matt Krause won when a pit flew nearly 42 feet. His brother Brian has won nine times, and his dad has won the title 15 times.

NTSB Investigators To Talk More To Cockpit Crew

For the latest developments in the investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco, Renee Montagne talks to the head of the National Transportation Safety Board Deborah Hersman. Of the four pilots, investigators have only talked to two so far. More interviews will be conducted Tuesday.

California's Prison Sterilizations Reportedly Echo Eugenics Era

At least 148 female inmates at two state facilities underwent tubal ligation surgery between 2006 and 2010, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Should Doctors Ask Older People If They Have Guns At Home?

Pediatricians have long asked parents if they have guns in the home, in an effort to reduce accidents and suicides in children and teens. That could help protect older patients too, a study says. But the notion of doctors asking about gun ownership is controversial.