8:36am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Karzai: Afghans 'Can No Longer Tolerate' NATO Strikes That Hit Civilians

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking earlier today (May 31, 2011) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

"Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents," The Associated Press reports.

In the latest incident, AP says, "at least nine civilians were killed" Saturday in Helmand province during a NATO strike.

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8:28am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Commonwealth

Rainy Spring Causes Issues for Vineyards

If you've had trouble mowing your lawn this rainy spring, you can relate to what Northern Kentucky's grape growers have been going through in tending their vineyards. Something that can harm a grape yield is fungus, which thrives on moisture. The wetter it is, the more growers feel compelled to spray their vines with fungicides to keep away problems like black rot and mildews.

8:17am

Tue May 31, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Hundreds Gather at Kentucky's Camp Nelson

Jean Miller celebrated Memorial Day at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville in honor of her husband and brother-in-law, who are both buried there. She and friend Dottie VanWinkle, both of Lexington, braved the early afternoon heat to be part of the annual memorial service that included stories from veterans and music by the West Jessamine High School Band.

8:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: GOP, Don't Turn Your Back To Teddy

Michael Green is a senior adviser and holds the Japan Chair at CSIS, as well as being an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University.

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8:10am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Northbound Interstate-95 Closed Near Richmond; Four Dead In Bus Crash

"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.

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7:48am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Rental Homes For Joplin Victims; Obama Taps New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Good morning.

If you're just getting going after the holiday weekend and need a quick recap of the top news:

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7:48am

Tue May 31, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Optimism Spells Democracy's Decline

Joshua Kurlantzick is Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. This article originally ran in the June 9, 2011, issue of the magazine.

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7:32am

Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria, The Death Of 13-Year-Old Hamza Creates A Child Martyr

From a Facebook page created about Hamza.
Facebook.com/hamza.alshaheed

A video showing a 13-year-old boy's mutilated corpse has shocked many Syrians and is turning the victim, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, into a martyr. Many of those demanding the end of President Bashar Assad's regime say his death will strengthen their resolve and inspire others to come to their cause.

Too graphic for us to post, but not hard to find, the video, as The New York Times writes:

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6:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Religion

Vatican Cracks Down On Rome Monastery

Officials at the Vatican have shut down a monastery attached to one of Rome's oldest churches. Santa Croce is known these days for more contemporary methods of worship. Like the nun who was once a lap dancer performing a suggestive "Holy Dance."

6:45am

Tue May 31, 2011
Europe

Head Over Heels For Cheese

About 200 people gathered in England Monday for the traditional cheese rolling contest. The idea is to slip and somersault to the bottom of Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in pursuit of a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. Police had canceled the event out of concerns over safety and ticket prices, but rebel cheese rollers still turned up.

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