4:33pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Middle East

Egyptian Islamists Favored In Second Phase Of Voting

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 11:48 am

Women stand in line to cast their votes in Suez, Egypt, on Wednesday. For months after the revolution, the port city had no government or services. Some voters are turning to the Salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood to bring change.
Eman Helal AP

A steady stream of voters showed up Wednesday at polling centers in the port city of Suez and eight other governorates in Egypt. Islamists are expecting to boost their lead in the second phase of the country's landmark parliamentary elections.

The first phase was held last month, and the third and final phase will come next month as the country votes by region.

At a school called "Freedom" in Suez, many women were heavily veiled with only their eyes showing.

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4:31pm

Wed December 14, 2011
The Two-Way

In High Profile Case, Two Romanian 'Witches' Arrested

Witches. Police. Blackmail. And TV celebrities.

Yep, that caught our attention, too, so we had to pass along a strange case that has made its way to court in Romania. The government has arrested two self-professed witches who are accused of blackmailing their clients. The AP reports:

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4:20pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Africa

South Sudan: Will Oil Lead It Out of Poverty?

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 7:12 pm

South Sudanese security forces stand outside the control room of the Petrodar oil facility in Paloich, South Sudan. Sudan was once sub-Saharan Africa's third-largest oil producer, but much of that oil came from what is now South Sudan.
Pete Muller AP

South Sudan, the world's newest nation, is still trying to find its feet, and private companies, international aid experts and diplomats have gathered in Washington this week to see if they can help.

The 5-month-old country is one of the most underdeveloped places in the world, and it still has many lingering disputes with its former rulers in Sudan — disputes that could scare off potential investors.

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4:14pm

Wed December 14, 2011
All Politics are Local

Senate Blocks Balanced Budget Amendment

The Senate rejected an attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget in an effort to reduce the deficit on Wednesday. The Balanced Budget Amendment has been heralded by Republican lawmakers such as U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as a way to control federal spending and reduce the country’s $15 trillion debt, but it failed in a 53-to-47 vote along strict party lines.

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4:14pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Middle East

Mysterious Events Leave Tehran Feeling Under Siege

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 7:12 pm

A picture released by the official website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Dec. 8 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh (right) looking at a U.S. spy drone that crashed in Iran on Dec. 4.
AFP/Getty Images

It's never easy trying to figure out just what is going on in Iran.

But it has been especially difficult of late — after an explosion that reduced a missile base to rubble, another blast that was heard but not seen, and the mysterious case of the downed American stealth drone.

These events have left a slew of questions and very few answers.

The huge explosion at the missile base outside Tehran on Nov. 12 was heard in the capital, about 30 miles away, and, satellite pictures show, it devastated the base.

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4:09pm

Wed December 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Marion County Manufacturer Creates 150 Jobs

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced Wilbert Plastic Services Inc. will create 150 new jobs in Lebanon with the addition of a new product line to manufacture parts for Ford Motor Co. Wilbert Plastic Services was recently awarded a new contact with Ford to manufacture a new product line of automotive interior components and associated parts to support the assembly of the 2013 Ford Escape and other models at the Louisville Assembly Plant.

4:05pm

Wed December 14, 2011
State Capitol

Beshear Avoids Coal in Inauguration Speech

In his inauguration speech, Gov. Steve Beshear spoke about education and the importance of building a generation that can lead Kentucky in the future. But it was a far cry from the pro-coal rhetoric that dominated some of his speeches earlier this year. Beshear’s avoidance of the issue didn’t surprise many observers, who know where the governor stands on coal.

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4:02pm

Wed December 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville's Former Archbishop Kelly Dies

The former leader of the Archdiocese of Louisville has died. Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly retired in 2007 after 25 years leading the Archdiocese. Kelly joined the Dominican order sixty years ago and was ordained in 1958. He served in New York early in his career, working with the order as well as with the Archdiocese of New York tribunal and the Legion of Decency.

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3:58pm

Wed December 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

State-Ordered Health Insurance Offered In January

Health insurers offering individual plans in Kentucky will be required to allow open enrollment for children under 19 next month. The rule is the result of an early battle to implement national healthcare reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act began prohibiting health insurers from denying coverage due to an applicant's pre-existing health condition on September 23rd, 2010. Insurers in Kentucky offering "child-only" policies reacted.

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3:56pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Fire Chief Withdraws Disability Request

Embattled Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks is no longer seeking a disability pension from the city after calling off a re-hearing set for Wednesday with the Police and Fire Pension Board. "On the rehearing for Robert Hendricks, that has been cancelled. It has been withdrawn," Administrative Specialist Susan Combs told board members.

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