3:17pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Picture Show

Are Your Facebook Friends Really Your Friends?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Photographer Tanja Hollander is on a mission to make protraits of all of her Facebook friends.
Tanja Hollander

The new issue of The Atlantic asks: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? The jury's out, though signs point to maybe.

Facebook didn't necessarily make Tanja Hollander lonely, per se, but it did make her curious. It was a little over two years ago when she looked at that number representing "friends," 626 in her case, and started to analyze it.

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2:57pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Six Men Ask Judge To Overturn Convictions In Notorious D.C. Murder Case

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:39 pm

In 1985, Chris Turner was convicted of the murder of Catherine Fuller. After spending decades in prison, Turner is now out on parole; he maintains his innocence. He is shown here in his childhood neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C., about 100 yards away from what was Fuller's home.
Amanda Steen NPR

Six men wearing bright orange prison jumpsuits appeared in a D.C. courtroom today, seeking to overturn their decades-old convictions in a brutal murder by arguing the Justice Department failed to turn over critical evidence that could have helped them assert their innocence.

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2:12pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Trustees Warn Social Security Is Headed Toward Insolvency

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:37 pm

The trustees in charge of nation's Social Security program said a sagging economy has hit the program hard. The program's trust fund, which goes mostly to retirees, said the trustees, will run dry by 2033.

The AP reports "Medicare's finances have stabilized but the program's hospital insurance fund is still projected to run out of money in 2024."

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1:58pm

Mon April 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Backs Extension Of Student Loan Relief

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:08 pm

Mitt Romney on Monday endorsed the idea of extending a law that curbs interest rates paid by some recipients of federal student loans, a cause that President Obama has made a campaign issue.

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1:54pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed

Students from John Moores' University celebrate graduation.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

It's hard out there for a college grad.

The AP analyzed government data and came up with this stunning figure: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."

The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:

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1:13pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Announces New Sanctions Targeting Syria, Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
Pool Getty Images

President Obama announced a set of new sanctions that target "Syria and Iran and the 'digital guns for hire' who help them oppress their people with surveillance software and monitoring technology," the AFP reports.

The president made the announcement during a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. His visit was the first as president.

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1:05pm

Mon April 23, 2012
All Politics are Local

Special Session Take

Counting their regular and special session, it took lawmakers 65 days to finalize funding for road construction and to escalate its battle against prescription drug abuse.  Joe Gerschtenson, who directs the Center for Kentucky History and Politics Director at Eastern Kentucky University, says many voters wonder why no agreement could be found during the regular session.  “This is something that…they were so close..during the regular session…why could they not have just finished it at that point in time and..that frustration is probably exasperated by the fact that this seems to be a real ongoing pattern now,” said Gershtenson.

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12:27pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Commonwealth

Coal Shipped by Train has Declined

New data from the federal government shows the amount of coal transported by rail has declined sharply this year: its’s at the lowest level since 1994. That’s partly due to low natural gas prices, increased regulations and an unseasonably warm winter, but atypical export conditions kept the data from being much worse. About 70 percent of coal produced in America is transported by rail. Most of the rest goes by truck—usually just short distances—or by barge.

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12:21pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Two-Way

DARPA Explains Crash Of Hypersonic Glider

This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).
AFP/Getty Images

The forces on the unmanned hypersonic glider tested last summer by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) were so great that large parts of its skin peeled off causing its emergency system to plunge it into the ocean.

As we reported last August, the Falcon HTV-2 "was shot up on a rocket and right at the edge of space, it separated and glided through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph."

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12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Politics

Green Jobs Guru Back To Energize Progressive Base?

Activist Van Jones served as special adviser to President Obama on green jobs. He resigned in 2009 after media reports questioned his beliefs about the 9/11 attacks. Now, Jones is back with a new book, Rebuild the Dream, outlining his vision for the progressive movement. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

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