2:07pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Austrian 'Pastafarian': License Photo Was A Win For Freedom From Religion

Niko Alm's driver's license.
Niko Alm

Nico Alm never actually thought he'd get the license in the mail. Three years earlier, amid a flurry of new European Union regulations, Alm decided he would take his driver's license picture with a pasta strainer on his head.

As we reported Wednesday, Alm was testing a caveat in those new regulations that said headgear could only be worn for religious reasons.

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1:58pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Economy

What Happens If U.S. Bond Ratings Are Downgraded?

Ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's both have warned that they might downgrade the United States' AAA bond rating if a deal between the White House and Congress on raising the debt ceiling isn't reached before an Aug. 2 deadline. NPR asked a trio of economists what it would mean if the bonds were downgraded. The economists are Edwin Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington; Gregory Dago, principal U.S.

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1:41pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Jailer Sues Gossip Website

David Gooch

Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch is going after those he claims have defamed him by posting unkind and untrue comments about him anonymously on the gossip website Topix. Gooch filed a lawsuit in Lincoln Circuit Court alleging “unknown defendants intentionally and maliciously published statements on the website Topix with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.” The “false statements” injured Gooch’s personal and professional reputation and caused severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment, the lawsuit maintains.

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1:41pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

As Cholera Surges In Haiti, Aid Withers Away

Mourners attend a memorial service for recent cholera victims in Haiti that took place Wednesday in Savanette, an isolated community in the mountains outside Mirebalais, Haiti.
Cate Osborn Partners in Health

Cholera is back in Haiti.

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1:38pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Business and the Economy

Harrodsburg's Hitachi Plant Creates 145 jobs

More than 700 Hitachi employees, including upper management from Japan and across the country, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday in honor of the company's expansion, which will create 145 new jobs over the next three years. Harrodsburg's Hitachi plant already employs 2,000 workers. Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand in September when the company broke ground for the $48 million project.

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1:35pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Die-Hard Potter Fans Crowd Midnight Showings

A theater at Great Escape 12 is packed early this morning for a 3-D showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."
Pete Rodman The Daily News

Tickets in one hand, wands in the other - both at the ready. Roughly 1,500 fans attended the midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2,” the last in the movie series, at the Great Escape Theaters’ Bowling Green 12 today. The theater showed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” at 9 p.m., followed by the sold-out midnight showing of “Part 2” on every screen in the theater.

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1:32pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky's Obesity Rates Rising

Kentuckians are getting fatter. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, according to the latest study of obesity rates in the United States by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kentucky ranked sixth in the nation in the 2010 study with 31.5 percent of all adults being obese, up from 29 percent from a similar study conducted in 2009. The obesity rate for Kentucky high school students also rose, going up 2 percent, to 17.6 percent from 15.6 in 2009.

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12:35pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Are Sorry' Rupert Murdoch Tells Readers In U.K.

The scandal began at News of the World, which folded last Sunday (July 10, 2011).
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

We began the day noting that one of Rupert Murdoch's own publications was describing him as "defiant" in the face of the snooping scandal that has engulfed some of his News Corp. newspapers in the U.K.

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12:29pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Calls For At Least A 'Down Payment' On Deficit

President Obama and House Republicans have clashed in negotiations over how — or whether — to raise the federal borrowing limit, known as the debt ceiling. Obama had a news conference Friday, his second this week to discuss the spending cuts and revenue increases he thinks are needed to fix the problem. Mary Louise Kelly talks with NPR's Brian Naylor about the news conference and the partisan battle.

12:16pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Tour De France: Hushovd Wins Big Today, Voeckler Maintains Overall Lead

Norway's Thor Hushovd celebrates his stage win at the finish line.
Pascal Pavani AFP/Getty Images

After cycling 152.5 kilometers (or 94.7 miles) from Pau to Lourdes, Norway's Thor Hushovd crossed the finish line in triumph on the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Hushovd picked off Frenchman Jeremy Roy near the end and beat the peloton by nearly nine minutes.

The overall leader remains Thomas Voeckler, with eight of the Tour's 21 stages to go. The 98th edition of the race ends on July 24th in Paris.

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