1:43pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

EU Human Rights Court Could Be Last Stop For German Claiming CIA Kidnapping

Khaled El-Masri.
ACLU

A German man, who says he was mistakenly shipped to a secret prison in Afghanistan as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program, took the stand at the European Union's human rights court today.

After unsuccessfully seeking redress in the U.S. and Germany, Khaled El-Masri is suing Macedonia, where he was allegedly kidnapped. El-Masri argued that the country was callous and calculating when it turned him over to the U.S. This hearing could also mark the end of the legal road for a case that spans eight years.

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12:51pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Four Decades After Dying In Cambodia, Soldier To Receive Medal Of Honor

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 4:04 pm

Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo Jr. will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony.
army.mil

President Barack Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor today to Spec. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a Pennsylvania rifleman killed after sacrificing his body to grenade fire in Vietnam during 1970's "Mother's Day Ambush".

A Defense Department description of Sabo's heroic actions says the 22-year old saved the lives of several other soldiers. He charged enemy positions and killed several North Vietnamese fighters while drawing fire away from his unit.

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12:49pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Syrian Opposition Sees Greater Support From Gulf States, U.S.

There's quite a bit of news coming of out of Syria today. The big one is a report from The Washington Post, quoting "U.S. and foreign officials" saying that the Persian Gulf states and the United States have stepped up their efforts to assist and arm the opposition.

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12:48pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Health and Welfare

Expanded Motorcycle Driving Test

A new motorcycle operator’s test in Kentucky should better assess a biker’s skills in traffic. The test, developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, was implemented May first.  In 2012, State Police spokesman Michael Webb says Kentucky has seen a 69 percent increase in motorcycle crashes.  Webb says it’s difficult to predict if the revised test will reduce the number of cyclists earning a license.

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12:46pm

Wed May 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Minority Rules: Who Gets To Claim Status As A Person Of Color?

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 4:13 pm

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is shown here attending a 2010 Capitol Hill hearing on the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren isn't backing down from her claim of Native American ancestry, despite the apparent lack of primary documents proving that she's 1/32nd Cherokee.

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12:41pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

The Budget Debate on Social Services

After six years of budget cuts, the city agency that provides social services for Lexington may see an increase.  A seven percent increase is proposed in the current budget plan.  Still, Social Services Commissioner Beth Mills says demand for services have also gone up.  In short, she says fewer people could actually receive assistance.

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12:35pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Buyers Of Hyped Skechers 'Toning Shoes' Can Get Refunds

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 2:49 pm

An ad that featured Brooke Burke touting Shape-ups as the latest way to burn off calories and make muscles stronger was cited by the Federal Trade Commission.
FTC

No more ifs, ands or butts about the claims that Skechers USA made for its goofy-looking toning shoes.

The company has agreed to pay $40 million to settle claims that it deceived customers by saying its Shape-ups shoes would help people who wore them shed pounds and tone their abs, buttocks and legs, the Federal Trade Commission said.

The FTC alleged there's no evidence the Skechers shoes would do a better job by those measures than regular old gym shoes.

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12:33pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Africa

Civilians Flee, Soldiers Dig In On Sudanese Frontier

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Nyachieng Nguot Teng, 25, lost her left leg and her 7-month-old son suffered a fractured leg when a Sudanese bomb fell on her hut in Lalat, South Sudan, on May 5. The United Nations is trying to prevent the recent fighting between the two Sudans from escalating into full-scale war.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

There's a tense calm at South Sudan's front line, just 10 miles from the frontier with Sudan, its neighbor to the north. South Sudanese commander Maj. Gen. Mangar Buong says his troops remain on alert and on the defensive.

There is not a civilian in sight. They all fled the area, known as Panakuach, after Sudan's recent aerial bombardments and escalating concerns about a full-scale war.

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12:29pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Presidential Race

Candidates Gird For 'Scorched Earth' Campaign Season

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 1:42 pm

President Obama, who has a technocratic image, has shown that he intends to give as good as he gets — or better — in the campaign.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

If President Obama is already running campaign ads that showcase people describing Mitt Romney as a "vampire" and a "job destroyer," what will the ads be like by November?

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