Tue October 4, 2011

TIMELINE: Namibia's Checkered History Of Conservation

Conservation has long been a part of Namibia's story – but not always to the benefit of wildlife or people.


Tue October 4, 2011

These Days, Everyone Dares Call It Treason

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:24 pm

American turncoat Benedict Arnold persuades Maj. John Andre to conceal papers in his boot and send them to the British to enable them to capture West Point in this print by C.F. Blauvelt and W. Wellstood circa 1785.

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Hurling around a word like "treason," the Chicago Sun-Times has observed, "is the definition of dirty politics."

If that be the case, this particular political season is dirtier than a West Texas hog wallow.

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Tue October 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Poor Ky. Economy Could Jeopardize Workplace Safety

These tight economic times could tempt some companies to cut back on workplace safety. Kentucky Labor Secretary Mark Brown says that may mean spending less such things as protective equipment and training sessions. Brown understands business concerns but insists there’s no substitute for safety.

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Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

To Reach The Underserved, Hospitals Look To Local Churches

Language barriers and the fear of running into trouble because they lack proper documentation are among the many reasons that some immigrants avoid the health care system.

Now hospitals seeking to connect with these hard-to-reach populations are turning to a trusted institution: the church.

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Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

In Two Polls, Perry's Down And Cain Is Up; Meanwhile What About Christie?

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 3:32 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Apply all the usual caveats: Poll numbers go up, poll numbers go down and we're still months away from Republicans actually casting meaningful votes for their presidential contenders.

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Tue October 4, 2011


Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Inspector General: Fannie Mae Was Told About Foreclosure Abuse In 2003

A foreclosure/price reduced sign stands in front of a home for sale on February 11, 2011 in Miami.

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One of the hottest stories this morning is word that, as The Associated Press puts it, "mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says."

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Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Scores Killed By Truck Bomb In Somalia

There's been a deadly bombing today in the capital of Somalia.

"Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Education in Mogadishu, killing at least 70 people, wounding dozens and shattering a relative calm that had prevailed ... for weeks," The Associated Press reports.

According to the BBC:

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Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 8:06 am

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"Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers have come to terms on a new four-year contract that trades annual pay raises for profit sharing and a signing bonus and promises thousands of new jobs building cars and trucks," The Associated Press writes.

Details aren't out yet, but the union has confirmed on its Twitter page that a "tentative agreement" has been reached.

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Tue October 4, 2011

Chinese ATMs Dispense Gold Bars

Recently unveiled, the new ATMs shell out bars of gold in different weights and shapes. Gold is a popular investment in China, and there are plans to introduce 2,000 of the machines. Each can hold more than 440 lbs. of gold.