12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
Conflict In Libya

For Libyan Rebels, Gadhafi's Mines A Potent Obstacle

Milad Saadi clears the dirt around a brick of plastic explosive that he discovered lying on top of a T-AB-1 anti-personnel mine.
Jonathan Levinson for NPR

Land mines are being increasingly used in Libya by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in battlegrounds across the country. Rebels fighting for the eastern town of Brega are being stymied by minefields around the area.

In Libya's western mountains, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines are causing many casualties, but there are few mine experts to help.

On the barren front line in the village of Gualish, rebels take cover from Gadhafi forces (and the relentless sun) behind a sand berm.

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
National Security

Imam Arrests Show Shift In Muslim Outreach Effort

The leader of this Miami Mosque, shown May 14, has been accused of financing terrorism in Pakistan. He has pleaded not guilty.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

In the second part of a series on counterterrorism training, NPR looks at a test case in Miami.

To understand the events that unfolded two months ago in Miami, you need to know that one of the most volatile things that can happen in a Muslim-American community is the arrest of a religious leader, the imam. Back in May, the FBI's Miami field office ended up arresting two of them: Imam Hafiz Khan and his son, Izhar Khan. They were charged along with several other members of the Khan family with financing terrorism in Pakistan.

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
Education

Report Details Texas School Disciplinary Policies

Researchers in Texas have released the most comprehensive analysis of school suspension and expulsion policies ever conducted. It's considered groundbreaking because of its scope and detailed examination of disciplinary policies that when misused often put students at greater risk of dropping out or being incarcerated.

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

HIV Treatment In Africa Brings Near-Normal Lifespan

A study of Ugandans found antiretroviral drugs can extend the lifespans of people with HIV to nearly normal lengths.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

Lately the good news about HIV/AIDS just keeps rolling in.

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

Ready For Retirement, Shuttles Get A Deep Clean

A large section of Discovery's nose, called the forward reaction control system, which helped seer the shuttle while in orbit, was removed from the shuttle in March. The spacecraft will be cleaned and detoxified before being put on display in museums.
Jim Grossmann NASA

Once space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Earth later this week, workers will start the process of transforming the spaceship into a museum piece.

To see how that mothballing process will unfold, I recently went on a rare tour of Discovery, one of NASA's other shuttles.

Discovery was set up with its landing gear down in a secure hangar at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where technicians normally do work on the shuttles after each flight.

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12:01am

Tue July 19, 2011
Sports

At 61, Nyad Resurfaces For Cuba To Key West Swim

Diana Nyad is seen here speaking with one of her staff prior to a training swim on July 5, off the coast of Key West, Fla.
Les Neuhaus for NPR

More than 30 years after her last big swim, Diana Nyad is back in the water. Nyad, a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, became well-known in the 1970s for her swim around Manhattan Island and, a few years later, for swimming from the Bahamas to Florida.

Now, at age 61, she'll soon be attempting a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. She's been training relentlessly — with 9-hour, 15-hour, even a 24-hour swim.

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6:24pm

Mon July 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Headed For Liquidation, Borders Will Close Its Doors

People enter a Borders bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Kamm Getty Images

The second-largest U.S. bookstore chain called it quits, today: Borders Group Inc. cancelled a bankruptcy auction set for tomorrow and announced it will liquidate its assets and close its 400 remaining stores.

The Chicago Tribune reports that amounts to 11,000 jobs lost:

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5:44pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fairness Ordinance Back in Berea

Despite months of meetings on a proposed fairness ordinance and human rights commission, members of the Berea city council still say they’re taking the “first step” on the issue. In May, the council first considered passing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and creating a commission to educate the public. A subcommittee was formed to research and inform the rest of the council on the two ideas.

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5:42pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Oil Find Won’t Delay Dam Repairs

Officials say another discovery of crude oil under southern Kentucky’s Wolf Creek Dam will not delay the long-term plan to fix leaks in the dam. The oil was found in a core sample taken from the earthen dam last week. The Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a project launched in 2006 to prevent the dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, from failing.

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5:39pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Two LOU Borders Stores to Close

After 40-years in business, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Borders plans to liquidate. The company once operated four bookstores in Louisville, but the branches on 4th Street and South Hurstbourne were closed weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 in February. The stores at Shelbyville Road Plaza and on Bardstown Road were to remain open through the Chapter 11 process, but will now close along with about 400 other branches that survived the first round of closures.

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