Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Violent Crime Down Fifth Year, FBI Says

There was a 4 percent drop in the number of violent crimes reported in the U.S. last year vs. 2010, the FBI reports. It's the fifth straight year of declines, according to FBI records.

In its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, the FBI says that data collected from 14,009 law enforcement agencies indicate that:

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Mon June 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Why It's Good To Be The Incumbent

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:33 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry debates President George W. Bush on Oct. 13, 2004. Bush later won re-election.
Rick T. Wilking AP

Two political tried-and-truisms: Sitting presidents are hard to unseat, and history repeats itself.

To the first point: In the past 10 presidential elections with incumbent candidates, the incumbents have won seven times. The only incumbent losers were Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992.

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Mon June 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Hey Celebs, Are You Lonesome Tonight? Siri's Gotcha

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:44 pm

Zooey Deschanel appears in an iPhone 4S Siri commercial.


Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Has 'Occupy' Crashed Or Just Begun?

Protesters, some affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, at the NATO summit in Chicago last month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Occupy Wall Street's founding forum has declared that the movement's "first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now."

And Canada's Adbusters website, which kicked off the Occupy idea last year, says that "putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy."

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Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

UnitedHealthcare Pledges To Keep Popular Coverage, Regardless Of Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 12:38 pm


One of the nation's largest insurers said early Monday it would continue to follow some of the rules in the federal health law that are already in effect, including keeping young adults up to age 26 on their parents' plans and ending lifetime dollar limits, no matter what the Supreme Court decides.

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Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court's Ruling On Health Care Law Looms

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:15 am

  • Nina Totenberg on 'Morning Edition'

We could hear as soon as this morning how the Supreme Court rules on the most-anticipated issue of the year: the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — better known as the health care overhaul enacted in 2010 with the support of President Obama and his fellow Democrats over the opposition of Republicans.

The decision will be released for sure before the end of the month, Supreme Court watchers say.

For those who want to get their minds ready, might we suggest:

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Mon June 11, 2012

UK to Offer Classes Linked to International Universities

After more than two years of planning, the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences is ready to implement a program that will allow UK students to take courses "linked" to international universities. Global Connections is targeted at students who are not able to study abroad.


Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

New Coma Report About Mubarak

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:49 am

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo on June 2.
AFP/Getty Images

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "entered today into a full coma," according to Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa Mahmoud, CNN says.

Piers Scholfield of the BBC, though, reports on his Twitter page that a ministry spokesman has told his nework that Mubarak, 84, "has some health problems but is not in a coma."

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Mon June 11, 2012
The Commonwealth

Gun Law Changes Coming in July

People won’t need a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon in their home or business that they own when a new law goes into effect July 12. The General Assembly passed House Bill 484 with ease in this year’s regular session, passing the House 86-5 and the Senate 36-1 with the governor signing it into law April 11. Gun owners saw it as a reaffirmation for their right to defend their property.