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  • This photo provided by Julie Pfeffer shows her niece Lexie Kamerman.  Kamerman was among those killed in a Taliban attack against a popular restaurant in Afghanistan last week. The Sun-Times reports Kamerman was working as a student development specialist at American University in Kabul. The family statement says she took the job at American University to help the women of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Julie Pfeffer, Barb Levant)

    Chicagoan killed in Kabul 'sought a better world'

    Friends and family of a Chicago woman killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, say the 27-year-old was committed to helping others despite potential dangers, telling friends it was "something she was meant to do."

  • President Obama takes a down moment in the Oval Office with his feet up. (Credit: Pete Souza)

    Obama sputters on the economy, despite his rosy claims

    President Obama will take to the road to justify his new economic plans Wednesday based on what aides call the "significant" progress of the past five years, but economic benchmarks during his presidency show a mixed bag of gains and setbacks on pocketbook issues.

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 21, 2009, file photo President Barack Obama speaks to his senior staff to assert his expectations on ethics and conduct on the White House campus in Washington. Promising to reinvigorate the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Obama, issued an executive order his first day in office, and told all federal agencies to adopt a "presumption in favor of disclosure." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    For now, Obama sidesteps Detroit bankruptcy

    President Obama will travel to the Midwest this week to talk about economic revival, literally bypassing bankrupt Detroit, where he so far has resisted pleas for a federal bailout.

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