3:25pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Poetry

New U.S. Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:54 pm

The United States named its 19th poet laureate today: Natasha Trethewey, a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the nation's first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial laureate — Robert Penn Warren — was named by the Library of Congress in 1986.

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3:00pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Abortion-Rights Advocates Pin Hopes On Defense Bill

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), center, speaks as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), right, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at a April news conference on Capitol Hill.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Since Republicans took back the U.S. House in the 2010 elections, abortion has been a fairly constant theme. The House took eight separate abortion-related votes in 2011 — the most in a decade, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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2:18pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Movie Interviews

Damon Lindelof Risks The Wrath Of Loyal Fans Again

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:35 pm

Damon Lindelof moderated a conversation with Charlize Theron, who stars in the new Ridley Scott thriller Prometheus, at the 2011 Comic-Con. Lindelof co-wrote the film.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Damon Lindelof was a producer on the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, which seemed to win over loyal Trekkies. And this weekend Lindelof will earn the devotion — or wrath — of Alien fans. He helped write the screenplay for the new film Prometheus, an origin story for Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic.

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2:11pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Latin America

Mexico's Once Dominant Party Poised For A Comeback

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:54 pm

Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, waves to the crowds during a campaign stop in the northern border city of Tijuana, Mexico, on June 3. The once dominant PRI, out of power for the past 12 years, looks likely to make a comeback.
Alex Cossio AP

First of two parts

As Mexico approaches its election day on July 1, polls indicate the candidate for the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is well ahead and appears likely to return his party to power.

The PRI governed Mexico for seven decades until 2000, when it was tossed out by an electorate tired of a corrupt political machine. Now, discontent with the current leadership and the rampant drug-related violence has created an opening for the PRI to come back. Still, some Mexicans are queasy about the prospect of the party's resurgence.

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1:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Issues El Niño Watch, Which Could Mean Fewer Hurricanes, Colder Winter

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 1:58 pm

Temperatures in Pacific have risen.
NOAA

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño watch, today.

That means there is a 50 percent chance that El Niño — warmer than normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator — will develop by next winter. As The Baltimore Sun reports, if this happens it will be the first time El Niño rears its head since 2009.

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12:16pm

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Like LinkedIn, Last.fm And eHarmony Suffer Password Breach

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 1:21 pm

Last.fm

Last.fm and eHarmony became the latest websites to suffer security breaches that put the passwords of some of their users at risk.

In a statement on its website, Last.fm, which tracks and recommends music, said it was investigating the leaked passwords and asked all its users to "change their passwords immediately."

The dating site EHarmony said it had reset the passwords of those members whose passwords had been compromised.

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11:58am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Drink Up! Idaho OKs 'Five Wives' Vodka

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:54 pm

Bottles of Ogden's Own Distillery Five Wives Vodka at a state liquor store in Salt Lake City.
Brian Skoloff AP

The state of Idaho's Liquor Division has changed its mind about Five Wives vodka.

The vodka, which as we said last week had been banned from Idaho's liquor stores because its name and label might offend women and Mormons, is going to be allowed to be sold in the state.

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11:46am

Thu June 7, 2012
Asia

Bankrupt At Home, Philly Orchestra Looks To China

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 6:17 pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which declared bankruptcy last year, has been performing in China, where it is looking to develop new streams of revenue.
Frank Langfitt NPR

The Philadelphia Orchestra has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to China, its seventh trip to the country over the past four decades.

But this trip was different.

The orchestra is preparing to come out of bankruptcy, and this tour was about its survival. It hopes to balance its books by building new audiences and new revenues in the world's second-largest economy.

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11:44am

Thu June 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Beats Obama In May Fundraising, Recalling Kerry Vs Bush In 2004

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 2:38 pm

In May, Mitt Romney's campaign effort raised more than President Obama's for the first time.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

-- Updated at 4:33 pm ET --

No question Republicans supporting Mitt Romney's White House bid should and will be pleased that his campaign raised more money in May than President Obama's effort.

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11:42am

Thu June 7, 2012
The Two-Way

That 'Splendid Splinter' Is Really Slinging The Old Pigskin, Boston Mayor Says

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 1:08 pm

Ted Williams, "The Splendid Splinter." Perhaps Mayor Menino will mention him next.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Big-city mayors need to be able to do some basic things to keep their jobs.

Get the streets plowed. Fill the potholes. Make sure garbage is picked up. Take a bite out of crime. Love your local teams and extol the accomplishments of their heroes.

Apparently, Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D) can get away without doing very well on that last requirement.

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