3:04pm

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Medal Of Honor Recipient Is Among 'Best Of A Generation,' Obama Says

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty," U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer was just presented with the nation's highest honor for valor on the battlefield. He's the first living Marine since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor.

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3:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Workers Start To Dismantle Dams In Olympic Peninsula

Work crews Thursday begin dismantling the two dams on the Elwha River, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. By some measures, this is the largest dam-removal project ever — and, at 210 feet, one of the dams is certainly the tallest dam ever taken down. The process is an extremely tricky one — in terms of engineering, ecology and politics — but environmentalists hope this project heralds the beginning of the end of the age of big dams in the American West. Those who like big dams, for economic reasons, worry about the same thing.

3:00pm

Thu September 15, 2011
NPR Story

Boehner Offers Response To Obama's Jobs Speech

House Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases and hammered at government regulations in his first lengthy response to President Obama's jobs speech last week.

2:37pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Asia

Bomb Explodes At Funeral In Pakistan

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 3:15 pm

Pakistani villagers and officials collect shoes at a funeral ceremony after a suicide bomb struck in Lower Dir, Pakistan, on Thursday.
M.A.Khan AP

At least 31 people, including three children, were killed Thursday in an attack at a funeral service in a Pakistani village near the Afghan border; 75 others were wounded.

According to Police Chief Saleem Khan, a suicide bomber walked up to the crowd of about 200 mourners in the northwest village of Lower Dir and detonated his explosives.

Police say the funeral was for Bakhat Khan, a member of the Mashwani tribe, which is reputed to be rabidly anti-Taliban. Residents near the scene of the bombing have raised volunteer militias against the Taliban.

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2:34pm

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Feathers Perserved In Amber Give Scientists A More Colorful View Of Dinos

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 4:12 pm

A trove of dinosaur protofeathers and more modern bird feathers, preserved in amber from a Late Cretaceous Canadian site, offers researchers a unique chance to examine the structure, function and even color of the feathers adorning dinosaurs and early birds 70 to 85 million years ago.
AFP/Getty Images

For most of us, the idea of dinosaurs covered in feathers is still something we're getting used to. It's the same with the idea that they weren't olive-colored creatures, but instead were imbued in a wide array of pigments.

Today, brings news that thumbnail-sized feathers found preserved in amber are telling scientists some new things about these glorious creatures. First, it opens a window — as old as 85 million years — into the evolution of their feathers and secondly it gives scientists a better idea of what they looked like.

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2:32pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Environmentalists Unhappy With Coal Sponsorship

A decision to allow Friends of Coal to sponsor the University of Kentucky-University of Louisville football game this Saturday isn't sitting well with some environmental groups. Friends of Coal, a campaign run by the Kentucky Coal Association, has paid 85-thousand dollars to put their name on three athletic events this year -- the Cats-Cards this Saturday being the first. The group will also hand out scholarship money to the UK minding department during halftime. 

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1:59pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Beshear Congratulates Medal of Honor Recipient

Frankfort – “Our Commonwealth is full of pride today as one of our own, Kentucky native Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, accepts the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for his extraordinary bravery while serving in Afghanistan in 2009," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release from his office.

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1:55pm

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

V.P. Boehner? Not If He Has To Go To Funerals, The Speaker Jokes

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 4:17 pm

One of House Speaker John Boehner's tearful moments came as he took over from Democrat Nancy Pelosi last January.
Charles Dharapak AP

There was a funny moment during House Speaker John Boehner's appearance at The Economic Club of Washington a few minutes ago.

Asked if he might be a possible Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, Boehner — who's known for his habit of tearing up — joked that it's unlikely he'd be good for that job:

"It's hard enough for me to go to funerals of people I know, much less don't know."

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1:55pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Europe

How The European Debt Crisis Could Spread

A giant logo of the euro can be seen outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.
AFP/Getty Images

The world's major central banks are so worried about Europe's debt crisis that they are moving to shore up eurozone banks. The troubled banks hold billions in sovereign debt of Greece, Spain, Portugal and other struggling countries.

Left unchecked, this crisis could spill over into the U.S. economy. Here's how Europe's troubles could migrate to the U.S. and the rest of the world.

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1:42pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

EPA Postpones Limits on Power Plant Pollution

According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency won’t meet its deadline for its greenhouse emissions standards for power plants.  Originally, the rules were supposed to be released on September 30.

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