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Monitor Articles for August 9, 2012
Summer at my fingertips
Does Zimmerman have a 'strong claim for self-defense?'
Postcards from Mars reveal Martian bedrock (+video)
Syria: U.N. says no one will win (+video)
Aurora shooter sought help for mental illness, says lawyer (+video)
In US-Japan Olympic soccer final, a triumph for women's sport
Mars rover: Color panorama of crater brings scientific treasure into view (+video)
In Sikh temple shooting, signs of a changed white supremacist movement
Does Olympic gold light a path to riches? Not for everyone.
Unmanned NASA spacecraft explodes spectacularly
Plug-in hybrids to outsell all-electric cars?
Olympics medal count: US women's soccer, Usain Bolt gather more gold Thursday
As drought withers US corn crop, ethanol industry feels the squeeze
Ouya Kickstarter drive nets $8.5 million. What's next?
Peyton Manning: Denver hopes he's 'comfortable' as NFL preseason kicks off
PGA Championship: Pettersson on top at 1st round midpoint; McIlroy, Tiger lurking
Google fined $22.5 million in Safari case for violating FTC deal
Donald Trump to 'surprise' GOP convention. What might he do?
Another quiet day for Wall Street
'Welfare voters' are latest battleground in Brown-Warren Senate race
US Agent Orange cleanup in Vietnam indicative of stronger ties
Why is Mars red anyway? (+video)
Obama slams Romney opposition to wind power tax credit
In France, high-frequency traders now get taxed for fictitious orders
Kindergarten mindset list: 5-year-olds’ cultural DNA
London 2012 slalom canoe: Can you 'Google' your way to the finish line? (+video)
Did NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spot a flying saucer? (+video)
AFL-CIO chief Trumka: Race is less of an issue in 2012 election
Prepaid cards are here to stay. Do you need one?
Astronomers release biggest ever 3-D map of the universe (+video)
Latin America Monitor
Effects of US drought trickle down through the Americas
Rescue dog: Albie is a 'dog that won't hunt' – or swim
Health-care reform: Has Team Romney embraced the individual mandate?
Could George Zimmerman walk free after 'stand your ground' hearing?
The Reformed Broker
Don't believe housing's permabears
London 2012 Olympics puts the glam into volunteering
Honey Boo Boo Child: Spinning off 'Toddlers & Tiaras' on her own terms
Kobe Bryant awakens in Team USA's win over Australia
Chapter & Verse
Attention booklovers: Tokyo and Paris are your cities
The Monitor's View
Africa as muse, not mess
Libya celebrates first peaceful transition of power
Olympics soccer: Is Alex Morgan the next Mia Hamm? Teammates gush.
Global News Blog
Teddy bear air drop still roils in Belarus
Google pays record fine to settle federal suit
On Mars: It's Curiosity's moment to shine, but MAVEN is in the works (+video)
Postal Service unstoppable in rain, snow. But red ink?
Latin America Monitor
Accused of lying about military past, two Central Americans face extradition
Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush
Reader recommendation: Catching Fire
Chapter & Verse
'Fifty Shades of Grey' is bestselling book ever in Britain
The Daily Reckoning
Defense spending and the declining 'bang' for the buck
Oscar Pistorius, South Africa advance to Olympic relay final
Florida nuclear plant hosts crocodile hatching
Germany must shift from crisis mode to steady leadership in Europe
'The Hobbit': High frame rate showings will be limited
On fifth anniversary of credit crisis, global markets fall
Google to integrate Gmail into general search results
Stir It Up!
Sarkozy ignites furor with push for foreign intervention in Syria
Does Mitt Romney really want to raise taxes on the middle class?
President Obama opposes Boy Scouts' reaffirmed ban on gays
Olympian Gabby Douglas – the gymnast is golden, but her family is obscured
Self-driving cars: Coming sooner than you think?
Texas man stable after being stung more than 300 times by Africanized bees
London 2012 Olympics: Why Usain Bolt is bigger than Michael Phelps
Zimmerman lawyers seek hearing on 'stand your ground'
Tasintha sets Zambia's sex workers on a better path
Germany debates not an Olympic rower's form, but her choice of boyfriend
Terrorism & Security
Iran convenes conference on Syria, vowing to preserve the 'axis of resistance'
Hey, is that Mars or the Mojave in NASA rover's photo?
Romney blasts Obama over TV ad while President pushes for economic fairness
A decisionmaking guide
Smartphone sales: Android extends lead over iPhone
Scandal in China: Bo Xilai's wife does not contest murder charge