8:25am

Tue September 20, 2011
Science/Health

Lex. Police Officer Denied Disability Claim

A Lexington police officer whose doctor has restricted her to permanent light duty has been denied an occupational disability retirement. The Police and Fire Pension Board heard the appeal of Officer Jennifer Crabill last week. She has suffered various injuries in nearly ten years on the police force. Crabill was waiting to go back to full duty in July of last year when she went skydiving and rode a roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park.

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8:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fades Away, Media Say

Copies of a new magazine called OutServe, intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the U.S. military.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of stories to choose from about today's milestone for the U.S. military — the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces.

Our NPR.org colleague Liz Halloran focused on two men who were "immersed in efforts to repeal the controversial measure."

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7:50am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Murdoch's Media Co. Offers $4.7M To Family Victimized In Hacking Scandal

Rupert Murdoch in July.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

There's a new development in the story that turned the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" into front-page news:

"Milly Dowler's family have been made a £3m offer by Rupert Murdoch's News International in an attempt to settle the phone-hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of the company's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks," The Guardian reports.

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7:26am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Customs Tries To Confiscate Vegemite

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd was stopped with a jar of Vegemite at an airport this week on his way to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. To U.S. custom officials, the brown spread looked like a "potentially dangerous liquid." Those who don't enjoy the taste, may agree.

7:20am

Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

At The UN, Palestinian Bid For Membership Dominates Discussions

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 8:14 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. on Monday (Sept. 19, 2011).
Seth Wenig AP

As President Obama and other world leaders gather in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session, one of the hottest issues is President Mahmoud Abbas' request to make Palestine a member of the U.N.

He's making that push over "heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto" in the Security Council, The Associated Press notes.

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7:16am

Tue September 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Ohio Mansion Along Lake Erie Up For Sale

For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.

7:09am

Tue September 20, 2011
News

With Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' An Era Ends

A gay member of the U.S. Air Force who wishes not to be identified reads a copy of the new magazine OutServe intended for actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender U.S. military members earlier this month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The law that for almost 18 years has banned openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces will be officially repealed Tuesday, nine months after Congress voted to end the Clinton-era edict.

President Obama signed the repeal into law last December, but its provisions required time for the Pentagon to prepare for the policy change, and for top military officials to "certify" the law's end.

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4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Business

Standard & Poor's Downgrades Italy's Debt

S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Politics

GOP Not Interest In Raising Taxes On Anyone

President Obama's deficit reduction plan is just a proposal unless Congress acts. Most Republicans don't like what they heard from the president about taxing the wealthy to shrink long-term deficits.

4:00am

Tue September 20, 2011
Middle East

Anti-Government Protests In Yemen Turn Bloody

Dozens of anti-government protesters have died in Yemen over the last two days, when loyalist security forces opened fire on the main square in the capital, Sanaa. It has been one of the most violent periods in Yemen's nine-month uprising — which has otherwise been largely peaceful. Les Campbell, who runs the Middle East and North Africa programs at the National Democratic Institute, talks to Steve Inskeep about the political wrangling over the future of the country.

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