7:52am

Fri June 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

The Cost of Raising Kids

Children born in 2010 will cost Kentucky families between $130,000 and $150,000 to raise. That's well below the national average. The USDA publishes a report on child-rearing costs each year. This year, costs went up two percent from 2009. On average families in the lowest income group spend $206,000 dollars on a child in before they graduate high school. But that number drops in rural regions. Terry Brooks is Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Brooks says for everyone housing takes up nearly a third of expenses.

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7:52am

Fri June 10, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Misery Continues In Misrata

Portia Walker is a freelance journalist based in the Middle East

In the center of Misrata, a small girl clambers on top of an abandoned tank. It's part of a makeshift exhibit in a public square of this battered, besieged city, one of many scattered throughout. Beside a row of tanks, spent bullet cartridges and blasted rocket cases are carefully placed alongside boots and uniforms discarded by Muammar al-Gadhafi's fleeing soldiers, all arranged as neatly as fossils in a museum display cabinet.

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7:33am

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Will The Mavs Beat The Heat? Dallas Takes 3-2 Lead In NBA Finals

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas on Thursday (June 9, 2011).
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

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7:29am

Fri June 10, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: 3-D Removes Rose-Colored Glasses

Profits for 3-D movies have been coming in far below projected margins.
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John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard's movie critic.

From roughly 1982 to 2007, the motion-picture industry was transformed financially by the advent of the VCR and the DVD — new technologies that created gigantic new markets for renting and owning Hollywood's wares. Previously, Hollywood could only make its money on theater tickets and sales to television (and later, cable). The new machines gave the movie industry two more opportunities to sell the same product. Revenues nearly doubled.

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6:57am

Fri June 10, 2011
Europe

E.U. Court Rules In Endangered Hamsters Favor

The Great Hamster of Alsace is the last wild hamster species in western Europe. It's also a major headache for France. The E.U.'s highest court ruled France failed to protect the endangered rodent and its food supply.

6:53am

Fri June 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Miami Heat Fans Turn To Voodoo For Help

Fans of the Miami Heat are trying everything to support their team in the NBA Finals. The Miami Herald reports a sharp increase in sales of voodoo dolls. Some fans are buying them to put a hex on the Dallas Mavericks.

6:33am

Fri June 10, 2011
It's All Politics

If It's Friday, It's Sarah Palin-Emails Data Dump Day

The state of Alaska is scheduled to make publicly available Friday more than 24,000 emails from Sarah Palin's time as governor, the result of public-records requests by news organizations.

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4:00am

Fri June 10, 2011
Law

Jury Reaches Verdict In Calif. Journalist's Murder

A jury in California has convicted a Black Muslim leader in the murders of three men, including journalist Chauncey Bailey. The news paper editor was gunned down on his way to work four years ago. Bailey had been writing a story about the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland.

4:00am

Fri June 10, 2011
Sports

Mavericks Are Within 1 Game Of NBA's Championship

The Dallas Mavericks won Game Five of the NBA Finals with a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat Thursday night. Game Six will be in Miami Sunday night.

4:00am

Fri June 10, 2011
Asia

Japan's Economy Begins To Recover After Quake, Tsunami

Japan's economy is doing better than the government initially estimated in the first quarter. Linda Wertheimer talks to Kenneth Cukier of "The Economist" about why that is, and what challenges remain as the country rebuilds from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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