2:27pm

Tue January 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Israeli Bill Would Make It A Crime To Use Nazi Comparisons

In Israel, it might become a crime to use Nazi comparisons to criticize someone. As the AP puts it, a bill under consideration by parliament would "would impose penalties of up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine for using the word 'Nazi' or Holocaust symbols for purposes other than teaching, documentation or research."

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2:05pm

Tue January 10, 2012
All Tech Considered

Can Two Smartphone Also-Rans Rescue Each Other?

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:37 pm

Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop introduces the Lumia 900 smartphone during a CES news conference in Las Vegas.
Julie Jacobson AP

Not too long ago Nokia was the largest tech company in Europe. Its market cap rivaled Microsoft's. It helped create the mobile phone industry as we know it. But the emergence of a new generation of smartphones — led by Apple's iPhone and Android-based offerings from Samsung, HTC and others — left Nokia behind.

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2:01pm

Tue January 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Georgia Will Merge Eight Colleges To Save Money

Eight colleges in Georgia will now become four, the State Board of Regents announced today. The move wil affect about 36,000 students and was proposed in an effort to save money.

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2:01pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Asia

In India, The Pressure Cooker Of College Admissions

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 10:41 am

Competition for admission to India's top school, Delhi University, is particularly fierce. Here students fill out forms at the Arts Faculty in New Delhi, India, on June 21.
Tsering Topgyal AP

This can be a harrowing time for high school seniors and their parents in the U.S. as they wait to hear from college admissions offices. But the pressure can be equally intense, if not more so in India, where the massive number of applicants and one make-or-break exam keeps students on edge.

Admission to Delhi University, one of India's most prestigious schools, is considered as tough, if not tougher than the process at many leading schools in the U.S.

"It's a very difficult game, given the numbers," says Dinesh Singh, the vice chancellor of Delhi University.

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1:56pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Binge Drinking: Risky And Widespread

A man who has five drinks or more at one sitting is bingeing.
iStockphoto.com

Binge drinking in America looks to be an even bigger problem than we thought.

About 1 in 6 Americans, or 17 percent of the population, went on at least one drinking binge in a month last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to 38 million people.

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1:31pm

Tue January 10, 2012
State Capitol

Billboards on School Buses

With education a prime target for budget cuts, Kentucky state lawmakers are looking for new ways to fund schools. State Representatives Brad Montell, a Shelbyville Republican and Terry Mills, a Lebanon Democrat, have teamed up on a bill that would allow advertising on school buses. The bill was first introduced last session, but didn't make it out of the Senate.

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12:59pm

Tue January 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Panel Says N.C. Should Pay $50K To Victims Of Forced Sterilization

The victims of a North Carolina program that forcibly sterilized thousands of people should receive $50,000 in compensation, a task force said Tuesday. The AP writes that this is first time, the state tries to make up for a eugenics program that ran from the 1930s until 1977.

Before any payments are made, however, the state Legislature must approve the panel's recommendation.

The AP reports:

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12:45pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Election 2012

In N.H., Romney's Biggest Rival May Be Expectations

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was stumping at Harvey's Bakery in Dover, N.H., is pinning his hopes on a strong finish in the Granite State.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Primary Day in New Hampshire turned into open season as GOP rivals launched a barrage of attacks seeking to undermine front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign hopes to live up to expectations that he will deliver a solid victory.

Not only does Romney need to win, he needs to win convincingly — holding challengers such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and a resurgent Jon Huntsman comfortably at arm's length.

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12:15pm

Tue January 10, 2012
State Capitol

Teacher Evaluations Could Include Student Performance

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky’s teachers are evaluated. The latest incarnation of Rollins’ idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year.

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11:48am

Tue January 10, 2012
The Salt

X-Rays Scan Foods For The Secret Ingredient That Could Break A Tooth

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:44 am

Costco has pushed vendors to X-ray food to find "foreign objects" like metal and stones before they reach consumers.
Rick Bowmer ASSOCIATED PRESS

I don't know about you, but when I spoon into store-bought ice cream or chomp into hot dogs, I don't consider it a risky activity, one that could land me in the dentist's chair with a broken tooth. But it turns out that this does happen. Even Costco, the giant warehouse retailer, says it's true.

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