Thursday's coverage: Naming names in Iran, moon mapping, financial regs
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• More F-22s. Gordon Lubold on Air Force Gen. John Corley crossing swords with Defense Secretary Gates, in defending the need for more F-22s. Such public independent-mindedness has gotten other top brass fired.Skip to next paragraph
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• Moon mapping. Pete Spotts on the first rocket launch, set for liftoff, tied to returning US astronauts to the moon. The mission’s orbiter will be scanning the surface in unprecedented detail to help pick potential landing sites for human explorers.
• Age bias. Warren Richey is also covering the court's decision raising the bar on proving discrimination on the basis of age.
• Airbus rudders. Alexandra Marks reports that a corporate travel management organization wrote a memo recommending that United Airlines reconsider buying Airbus jets because of their history of rudder problems.
• Rising teen pregnancy. Linda Feldmann on the declining use of contraception among teens and the rising pregnancy rate. The trend marks a reversal of years of progress.
• Hill reacts on reform. Gail Chaddock on how lawmakers, who have the ultimate say over regulatory reform of the financial industry, are between a rock and a hard place. What’s their early inclination?
• California budget. Dan Wood on where the interminable California budget wrangling stands now.
• Science in the Garden. Judy Lowe on a flower that blooms all summer, slow-growing grass, and an “anti-freeze” spray that helps plants endure colder temperatures.