2:33pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Israel, Hamas Reach Prisoner-Swap Deal, Freeing Israeli Soldier Gilad Schalit

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:46 am

In this file image taken from a video released by Hamas in 2009, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit is seen holding a newspaper in an unknown location.

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The AP, along with several other news sources including Al Arabiya and Haaretz, are reporting that Israel and Hamas have reached a prisoner-swap deal that will free Israeli Sgt. Gilad Schalit and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

Schalit, if you remember, was captured by Palestinian militants in 2006 and his father, Noam, has led a popular effort to free him.

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2:27pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Former Murray Football Player in Soap

 

With small parts in an upcoming Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy and a “One Life to Live” episode airing next week, former Murray State University football player Paul Hickert says he is trying to build a foundation for a successful acting career. As is often the case, Hickert said he fell into acting but found he enjoyed it enough to pursue it as a career.

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2:23pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Commonwealth

League of Cities Recognizes its Own

 

LEXINGTON - Simpsonville, Greenville,  Pikeville,  Hopkinsville  and Lexington were recognized with Enterprise Cities Awards by the Kentucky League of Cities during its annual Conference & Expo on Friday in Lexington.  The Enterprise Cities Awards, given since 1999, go to municipalities in four population categories that have demonstrated entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local governance. Entries are judged in seven key areas: innovativeness or creativity of the project, long-term value to the community, adaptability to other cities, use of public/private partnerships, ability to achieve project benchmarks, community-citizen participation and program efficiency.

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2:20pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Alcohol Issue in Harrodsburg

Without alcohol sales, business at the 19th Hole restaurant at Mercer County's Bright Leaf Golf Resort is drying up and it will soon close.  But, if the restaurant is annexed into Harrodsburg, which allows sales, it likely would stay afloat and prosper.   That’s what Helen King, the self-described matriarch of Bright Leaf Resort, told City Commissioners on Monday night. “We’ve had the restaurant many years. We’ve tried to stay dry, but everything has become wet around us,” King said.  “Our restaurant is failing because we can’t compete."

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2:13pm

Tue October 11, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Gets Chris Christie's Endorsement

Back in 2009 when he campaigned to be New Jersey's chief executive, then former U.S. prosecutor Chris Christie got help from Mitt Romney who visited the Garden State to endorse his fellow Republican in that state's GOP primary.

So it wasn't particularly surprising that on Tuesday, now-Gov. Christie would return the favor by endorsing Romney's bid to be the Republican Party presidential nominee in an afternoon news conference.

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2:10pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: 2004 Overseas Tax Break Was A 'Failed' Policy

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), looks at his papers while talking about U.S. companies recieving large tax breaks, during a news conference on Capitol Hill.

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A report (pdf) from the Senate's Governmental Affair's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found that a 2004 tax break that was given to corporations repatriating profits made in foreign countries "did not produce any of the promised benefits of new jobs or increased research expenditures to spur economic growth." In fact, the report found that the corporations receiving the break cut 20,000 net jobs and cost the U.S.

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1:59pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Terrorist Plot Tied To Iran Disrupted

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (right) and FBI Director Robert Mueller announce a plot had been foiled involving men allegedly linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and bomb the embassies of Saudi Arabia and Israel in Washington at a news conference October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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An Iranian-directed plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and possibly attack the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington has been disrupted, Justice Department officials announced this afternoon.

Saying that the alleged "deadly plot ... [was] directed by factions of the Iranian government" and involved an attempt to hire killers from a Mexican drug cartel, Attorney General Eric Holder also said Iran will be held to account.

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1:49pm

Tue October 11, 2011
National Security

Prosecutor: Christmas Bomb Suspect Prepared To Die

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian suspect in a failed Christmas Day 2009 attack of a U.S.-bound airliner, prayed and perfumed himself in the plane's restroom moments before trying to detonate a bomb sewn into his underwear, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

"He was engaging in rituals. He was preparing to die and enter heaven," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel told a court in Detroit as Abdulmutallab's trial opened. "He purified himself. He washed. He brushed his teeth. He put on perfume. He was praying and perfuming himself to get ready to die."

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1:35pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

For Those Who Aren't Fans Of The '99 Percent,' There's The '53 Percent'

Erick Erickson with his photo that started the "53 percent" countermeme.

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The Occupy Wall Street movement, as we noted last week, has latched on to the idea that its supporters are the "99 percent" of Americans who aren't superrich and have been falling behind in recent years.

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1:26pm

Tue October 11, 2011
The Two-Way

UFO-Like Drone Makes First Cruise-Mode Flight

This was the first gear-up flight for the X47B.

Christian Turner Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman announced, yesterday, that the X-47B drone it is developing for the U.S. Navy had flown in cruise mode — with its landing gear retracted — for the first time during a test flight from Edwards Air Force Base.

The aerospace company called it a "major milestone," but what caught our attention were simply the pictures of this tail-less plane that looks like hybrid UFO and a B-2 bomber:

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