Wed March 7, 2012

Uncertainty Looms As Greek Debt Deadline Nears

People walk past the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens. Greece toughened its stance to push creditors to accept a debt swap and take heavy losses, just one day before the Thursday deadline for completion of the deal to avert default.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Stock prices rebounded somewhat Wednesday, one day after their biggest sell-off of the year. What caused prices to plunge Tuesday was an all-too-familiar problem: the Greek debt crisis.

European officials have cobbled together a deal to keep Greece from defaulting, and investors all over the world who hold Greek bonds are weighing their options. They're worried about what could happen if they reject the deal.

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Wed March 7, 2012

In 'Mosquita Y Mari,' A Tale Of Self And Community

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:32 pm

(From left) Pineda, writer-director Aurora Guerrero and Troncoso pose for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

The film Mosquita y Mari — the first narrative feature by a Chicana director to screen at the Sundance Film Festival — is both the singular vision of writer-director Aurora Guerrero and a crowdsourced production that could not have been made without multiple communities coming together.

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Wed March 7, 2012
House & Senate Races

Longtime Rep. Kucinich Is Down, But Maybe Not Out

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 6:08 pm

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, thanks his wife, Elizabeth, while conceding defeat in his race against Rep. Marcy Kaptur at Rubin's Restaurant and Deli in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Amy Sancetta AP

Ohio's Super Tuesday contest wasn't just about the presidency. Two members of Congress there faced primary challenges — and were defeated. On the Republican side, four-term Rep. Jean Schmidt lost a challenge to Iraq War veteran Brad Wenstrup.

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Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Sun Sends Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth; Will Hit Thursday [VIDEO]

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:15 pm

This image of a huge and powerful solar flare was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Tuesday.

The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth may notice the effects of magnetic fields and ionized gases that it estimates will arrive around 1:25 a.m. ET Thursday. So, if you detect some electronic interference — say, your GPS doesn't work right — blame it on the sun.

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Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

1 In 3 Americans Is Having A Hard Time Paying Medical Bills


While politicians and soon, the Supreme Court, are fighting about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a new government study finds that a growing number of Americans are having difficulty coping with the high cost of health care.

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Wed March 7, 2012

City Officials Reach Water Agreement

City officials have reached a contract agreement with Greater Cincinnati Water Works to provide billing and collection services for Lexington's sewer, landfill, and water quality fees. Those fees are currently tacked on to monthly water bills, but Kentucky American Water decided last fall to end its long-standing billing contract with the city. That means that  about 115,000 accounts will start receiving a separate bill for the Lexington fees beginning in September.

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Wed March 7, 2012
The Salt

Inhalable Caffeine Maker Gets Warning Letter From FDA

A woman holds an AeroShot inhalable caffeine device in Boston.
Charles Krupa AP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to the maker of a caffeine inhaler that's marketed around college campuses. The agency says it's concerned about misleading claims about the product and its safety.

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Wed March 7, 2012
The Commonwealth

Fund Started to Help Storm Victims

A Lexington-based non-profit organization has started a fund to help storm affected Eastern Kentuckians get started rebuilding their lives once relief workers leave the area. While the cleanup and damage assessments continue in storm-ravaged Eastern Kentucky, a non-profit group in Central Kentucky is starting a fund to help communities rebuild what has been lost.

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Wed March 7, 2012
State Capitol

New Tax Reform Commission at Work

Chaired by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform has begun its work and has launched a website that will help collect public input as the panel examines how best to realign Kentucky’s tax code. Abramson announced the website, http://ltgovernor.ky.gov/taxreform, at the commission’s first meeting on Tuesday.

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Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Scientists Say They've 'Cornered' The Elusive 'God Particle'

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:37 pm

Fermilab and the Tevatron sit in the Illinois countryside near Chicago.

Scientists from Fermilab say they've basically "cornered" the elusive Higgs boson — that's the particle that some have nicknamed the "God Particle," because it is thought to give atoms mass and is also a key component of the Standard Model.

This is complicated stuff, of course, but essentially the scientists at Fermilab say they found a bump in their data that suggests the existence of the particle. That bump corresponds to the evidence scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have found.

Here's a bit of explanation from the Fermilab press release:

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