12:42pm

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Mark 'New Day'

"A war is ending, a new day is upon us," President Obama said this afternoon at a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at which the two leaders are marking the departure of the last U.S. troops after nearly nine years in Iraq.

For his part, Maliki said the two nations' relations "will not end with the departure of the last American soldier ... it has only started."

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12:41pm

Mon December 12, 2011
State Capitol

McConnell Predicts Bipartisan Support for Tax Cut Plan

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted a plan to extend the payroll tax cut for workers will receive significant bipartisan support.

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12:38pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Commerce Lexington Lays Out Legislative Priorities

Every year Commerce Lexington, an organization that advocates for Lexington business, releases a new public policy statement. The group's 2012 agenda includes calls for new development incentives and tax credits.

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12:37pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Sports

Garrard Middle School Fencer Ranks Nationally

Star Wars lightsaber battles and other sword-fighting cinema helped spur Sawyer Cornett’s early interest in fencing. But the 11-year-old possesses the manners and maturity of a man at least twice his age. A man who would choose a “gentleman sport” over more popular alternatives. In short, Edmond Dantes without the goatee and vendetta. While his Garrard Middle School classmates make rugged tackles and scramble for basketballs, Cornett travels to Lexington several times a week to train with former Egyptian national fencing team coach Amgad Khazbak.

12:37pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Television

Michael C. Hall: Playing A Killer Role On 'Dexter'

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:39 pm

Michael C. Hall plays Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert for the Miami Police Department who harbors a deep secret: He's a serial killer who channels his murderous impulses by hunting other serial killers.
Showtime

On Dec. 18, the Showtime drama Dexter presents its sixth-season finale. The show stars Michael C. Hall — who played the repressed mortician David Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under — as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who kills other serial killers, and who also works for the Miami police as a blood-spatter expert.

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11:30am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Lowe's Ignites Controversy By Pulling Ads From 'All-American Muslim'

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 11:33 am

A Lowe's store in Saugus, Mass.
Michael Dwyer AP

By deciding to stop advertising during the TLC network's All-American Muslim reality TV show after hearing that some conservatives object to the program, Lowe's Home Improvement is now hearing complaints from others who accuse it of religious bigotry.

California State Sen. Ted Lieu (D), The Associated Press says, may call for a boycott of the home improvement chain.

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11:04am

Mon December 12, 2011
Fresh Food

Losing Virginity: Olive Oil's 'Scandalous' Industry

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 1:39 pm

IFP iStockphoto.com

Extra-virgin olive oil is a ubiquitous ingredient in Italian recipes, religious rituals and beauty products. But many of the bottles labeled "extra-virgin olive oil" on supermarket shelves have been adulterated and shouldn't be classified as extra-virgin, says New Yorker contributor Tom Mueller.

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10:40am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

What A Sour Note: Thieves Target Tubas In Southern California

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 10:43 am

Who knew the big horn could be so valuable?
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

The high prices they command on the black market and "Southern California's banda music craze" have combined to make tubas a hot property, the Los Angeles Times writes today.

Hot, that is, in the sense that there's been a recent "rash of unsolved tuba thefts at high schools in southeast Los Angeles County."

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10:21am

Mon December 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Arizona Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 10:27 am

Arizona's controversial immigration law will indeed be getting a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, it was just announced.

Long expected, the court's decision to weigh in could help settle whether the law — known as SB 1070 for its bill number in the Arizona Senate — encroaches on federal law because, in large part, of its provision that would require the police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and whether the suspect is in the country illegally.

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10:06am

Mon December 12, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Utility Prefers Coal Fired Power Plants

Across the country, power plant operators are figuring out how they’ll comply with the Obama Administration’s upcoming rules to reduce air pollution. In Louisville, the utility company has announced plans to convert one of its older power plants from coal to natural gas. But at the Big Sandy plant in eastern Kentucky, another company says it’ll still be less expensive to keep burning coal.

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