12:01am

Wed July 20, 2011
U.S.

Gay Divorce A Higher Hurdle Than Marriage

Since gay marriages aren't recognized by the federal government, gay divorce can be a legal mess.
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As thousands of gay and lesbian couples are planning weddings in New York — and celebrating their hard-fought right to marry — others around the nation are fighting for the right to divorce.

Since most states, and the federal government, don't recognize gay marriages, many same-sex couples are left with no way to officially split.

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12:01am

Wed July 20, 2011
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must Reads: Reckoning With Rupert

News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch leaves the Houses of Parliament in London on July 19, 2011, after giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the phone hacking scandal. "This is the most humble day of my life," Murdoch told British lawmakers.
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Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

This month, as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp reels from the News of the World hacking scandal, Brown, whose husband Harold Evans resigned from the Murdoch-owned London Sunday Times in 1982 after a much-publicized imbroglio with the magnate, selects a series of recent news and opinion articles which tackle Murdoch's falling empire from different directions.

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10:00pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Sweetness And Light

Yankees' HOPE Week: Batting A Thousand

At last year's HOPE Week, pitcher Mariano Rivera warmed up with Jorge Grajales before the New York Yankees played the Detroit Tigers. Grajales threw out the game's first pitch.
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Virtually all professional sports franchises make a point of aligning themselves in some ways with charities. From a cynical point of view, it's good public relations. But my experience is that the teams are genuine in their good works. And a funny thing often happens. Perhaps especially where children are involved, some of the athletes who initially look upon their involvement with a team's charity as drudgery — just more PR duty — end up being quite moved.

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7:04pm

Tue July 19, 2011
It's All Politics

Second Senate Debt-Ceiling Effort Raises Pressure On House GOP

House Republicans arguably found themselves under even more pressure Tuesday as a renewed bipartisan effort emerged in the Senate to reach a debt-ceiling agreement to avoid a U.S. government default on its obligations.

The Gang of Six, a group of Democratic and Republican senators trying to bridge Congress' fiscal disagreements, came forward with a package of spending cuts and higher taxes to significantly cut deficits.

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7:02pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Oscar Pistorius Qualifies To Run At Track World Championships

South African runner Oscar Pistorius, right, runs in the 400 meter race in France, July 8, 2011. His time in a race in Italy Tuesday was good enough to send him to the World Championships.
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Oscar Pistorius, the sprinter who runs on prosthetics made from carbon fiber, has officially qualified for the World Championships in Athletics, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea.

Needing to run the 400-meter race in 45.25 seconds or quicker, Pistorius set a new personal best, at 45.07.

It's been a good month for Pistorious — as The New York Times reported last week, he's the face of an ad campaign for Thierry Mugler's new fragrance.

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5:51pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Man As Federal Federal Judge

Dana Milbank of The Washington Post described what happened last night at the United Sates Senate as remarkable for being "utterly unremarkable."

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5:45pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medical Panel Recommends No-Cost Birth Control

Health insurance plans may soon have to offer prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women.
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Will all health insurance plans soon have to offer all FDA-approved forms of prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women? They will if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accepts the recommendations released today from an expert panel of the Institute of Medicine.

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5:17pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Insurance Chief Heads National Committee

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers. The committee was actively involved in national efforts to protect military personnel from inappropriate sales activities on U.S. military installations.

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5:15pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

LEX Cig Ban Cited in Bowling Green Case

The attorney appealing the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban argues that the post should be exempt from the ordinance and cites a case in Lexington as being similar. But the city has maintained that, because members of the public are invited to charitable gaming events, the post is not exempt from the ordinance.

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5:12pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

100 Degree Heat Index Prompts Warning

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is urging the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during this period of extreme heat, particularly dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles. According to Safe Kids, 49 children in the U.S. died last year from heat stroke while unattended in vehicles. From 1998-2010, at least 494 deaths are known to have occurred nationally. In Kentucky, there have been 13 deaths attributed to vehicular hyperthermia during the same time period and one death every year since 2004.

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