1:19pm

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: W.Va. Fails To Enforce New Regs Designed To Prevent Mine Explosions

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 6:53 am

Ken Ward at The Charleston Gazette has a story worth reading about West Virginia's failure to enforce new coal mine dust standards prompted by the deadly explosion three years ago at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine.

Ward used the state's Freedom of Information Act to obtain and review mine safety inspections conducted by the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

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1:03pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Middle East

Iran's Leader Embraces Facebook; Fellow Iranians Are Blocked

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 8:29 am

Iranian authorities are using cyberpolice units to crack down on people who try to access banned websites, including social media sites such as Facebook. Here, Iranians use computers at an Internet cafe in Tehran in January.
Vahid Salemi AP

When Iran's supreme leader got a Facebook page in December, Iranians sat up and blinked.

Some thought it was a fake, finding it hard to believe that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would be using a technology that his own government blocks. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman skeptically wondered how many "likes" it would attract.

But some of Khamenei's supporters quickly rallied behind the move, which first came to light in a reference on β€” you guessed it β€” the ayatollah's Twitter account.

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1:02pm

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Royal Recovery: Remains ID'd As Those Of King Richard III

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:10 pm

An enlarged image of the skull identified as that of King Richard III. Jo Appleby, a lecturer in human bioarchaeology at the University of Leicester, is pointing to a detail.
Rui Vieira PA Photos /Landov

Remains found under what's now a parking lot in the English city of Leicester have been confirmed to be those of King Richard III, researchers at the University of Leicester announced Monday.

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12:58pm

Mon February 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Romney 2013? Tagg Weighs Massachusetts Senate Bid

Republican Tagg Romney reportedly is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in the June 25 special election.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The Boston Herald caused a bit of a stir Monday, reporting that Mitt Romney's eldest son, Tagg, is considering a bid for the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by new Secretary of State John Kerry.

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12:41pm

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: U.S. Plans To Sue S&P Over Mortgage Bonds Ratings

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 1:01 pm

A sign for Standard & Poor's rating agency stands in front of the company headquarters in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The United States and some states are planning to sue Standard & Poor's Ratings Services over what they say were the faulty ratings of mortgage bonds leading up to the 2008 financial collapse.

The Wall Street Journal broke the news citing "people familiar with the matter," and The New York York Times is pinning its reporting on S&P, which tells the newspaper it is expecting a lawsuit.

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12:08pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Find A Way To Scare Patients Who Can't Feel Fear

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:39 am

Movies like The Shining frighten most of us, but some brain-damaged people feel no fear when they watch a scary film. However, an unseen threat β€” air with a high level of carbon dioxide β€” produces a surprising result.
Warner Bros. Photofest

In shorthand often used to describe the brain, fear is controlled by a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala.

But it's not quite that simple, as a study published Sunday in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates.

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11:54am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Ahmadinejad Volunteers To Become First Iranian In Space

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:42 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he's ready to become the first Iranian in space.

Britain's Independent reports:

"'I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,' Ahmadinejad said on the sidelines of an exhibition of space achievements in Tehran, according to the Mehr news agency.

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11:46am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Two-Way

'Meaningful' Ads Stood Out As Super Bowl Favorites

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 2:55 pm

Budweiser's Super Bowl spot won top favorite among many.
Budweiser YouTube

The Super Bowl XLVII TV ads told viewers they love animals, laughs and America.

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11:19am

Mon February 4, 2013
Author Interviews

A Barbados Family Tree With 'Sugar In The Blood'

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:44 am

SPrada iStockphoto.com

In her new book, Sugar in the Blood, Andrea Stuart weaves her family story around the history of slavery and sugar in Barbados. Stuart's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather landed on the island in the 1630s. He had been a blacksmith in England, but became a sugar planter in Barbados, at a time when demand for the crop was exploding worldwide. Stuart is descended from a slave owner who, several generations after the family landed in Barbados, had relations with an unknown slave.

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11:11am

Mon February 4, 2013
The Salt

'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:14 pm

A still from the Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Farmer"
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