1:45pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Education

Obama Lets States Opt Out Of 'No Child Left Behind'

Decrying the state of American education, President Obama announced Friday that his administration is allowing states to be exempt from basic elements of the No Child Left Behind law if they meet certain conditions.

States can now apply for waivers so that they won't face federal sanctions under the sweeping Bush-era legislation.

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1:39pm

Fri September 23, 2011
All Politics are Local

Senate Candidate Wants Super Committee to Focus on Jobs

U.S. Senate candidate and Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly, D-In., is challenging the bi-partisan super committee to use their power to force action on job creation.  The 12-member panel is charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in debt savings over the next decade. If the committee fails to come up with a deficit reduction plan then $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to domestic and military spending will kick-in.

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1:39pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Research News

New Data Put Cosmic Speed Limit To The Test

A neutrino detector like this one, seen at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1995, was used to collect data claiming that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light.
Fred Rick Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

A fundamental rule of nature is that nothing travels faster than the speed of light. Now, physicists working in Europe say they may have discovered a sub-atomic particle that breaks that speed limit. But that extraordinary claim is being greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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1:32pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Commonwealth

Man Owes $319K in Back Taxes

A Scottsville businessman admitted Wednesday in federal court that he filed false federal tax returns for four consecutive years. Robert Wilkins Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to four counts of filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The charges against Wilkins were handed down last month in a four-count information.

1:23pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Salt

Why Skipping Salt Is So Hard To Do

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We all know too much sodium in our diet can be bad for our health. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and more. The U.S. dietary guidelines made specific recommendations last year for African Americans to reduce their intake. But why is it so hard to cut back?

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1:04pm

Fri September 23, 2011
It's All Politics

House, Senate Stalemate Over Spending Bill Days Before Potential Shutdown

Speaker John Boehner didn't provide much reason Friday to hope that efforts to avert a federal government shutdown next week wouldn't go to the 11th hour like all congressional spending negotiations since last November's election.

Asked at a brief availability with journalists in the House Press Gallery if he had talked with Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who sets the Senate's agenda, Boehner said:

"I had a conversation with the Senate majority leader before I came down. There wasn't much progress made."

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12:59pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Politics

Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Socialist candidate for the presidency Norman Thomas parades down Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee in 1932, where he made a speech.
AP

The perennial presidential candidate: Like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going. Like Old Man River, he keeps on rolling along. And he is held up as a pure example from the high school civics class in which we were taught that in America anyone can run for president.

He is also, like the majority of people who seek office, an also-ran.

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12:46pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Falling Satellite's Return Delayed, U.S. Again A Possible Landing Site

This artist's conceptual image provided by NASA shows the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS.
NASA

NASA has updated its news on the pending descent of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, and here's the headline: the satellite's re-entry has been pushed back. The UARS is now expected to plunge towards Earth late today or early Saturday, EDT.

The main drag on the satellite's speed - solar activity - is no longer the main reason why the spacecraft is slowing down. Its path, speed and spin are now so unpredictable that scientists say they cannot estimate when it will fall.

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12:41pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

To Die Or Not To Die From Spontaneous Combustion

No so spontaneous: A stuntman burns during a controlled stunt in Ontario.
iStockphoto.com

Lead singer of the fake rock band Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins, famously uttered these words in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap: "Dozens of people spontaneously combust every year. It's just not widely reported."

And so an obscure phenomenon exploded into pop culture's collective consciousness.

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12:08pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Abbas: It Is Time For A 'Palestinian Spring'

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:48 pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The president of the Palestinian Authority handed United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon an application that asks the world body to recognize Palestine as a member state. The dramatic move caps months of diplomatic wrangling in which the United States and Israel tried to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from reaching this point.

Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson made it official on Twitter, saying:

President Abbas just handed the Palestinian application to the Secretary-General.

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