2:32pm

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Sgt. Bales Charged With 17 Counts Of Murder; Could Get Death Penalty

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 10:48 pm

This August 23, 2011 photograph obtained courtesy of the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) shows Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (right) at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. (Note at 10:50 p.m. ET: Earlier, we mistakenly said he was on the left.)
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been officially been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the March 11 killings of unarmed men, women and children in Southern Afghanistan, The Associated Press just reported from Kabul.

It adds that "premeditated murder is a capital offense and if convicted, Bales could be sentenced to death."

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2:26pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Bacteria May Be Changing Their Ways In Australia

The red dots are Bordatella pertussis bacteria, the cause of whooping cough.
CDC

Whooping cough has made a comeback lately, with big outbreaks in California and elsewhere.

One factor is spotty vaccination.

Now researchers in Australia think they've filled in another piece of the puzzle there.

They say the vaccine is better at targeting some strains of the bacterium responsible for whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, and that's allowing other strains to flourish.

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2:05pm

Fri March 23, 2012
The Salt

How Homegrown Charcoal May Get Your Garden Through A Drought

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:07 pm

Scientists say biochar can help dry, sandy soils, like the one pictured here, retain water and nutrients.
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You've probably heard of compost – that thick chocolate-colored stuff that's an organic gardener's best friend and supplies plants with all kinds of succulent nutrients.

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2:01pm

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

While Santorum Shoots Gun, Woman Shouts, 'Pretend It's Obama'

Republican presidential candidate, former Sen. Rick Santorum, speaks at a campaign rally in West Monroe, La. on Friday.
Ben Corda AP

During a campaign stop at a Louisiana firing range, Rick Santorum took the opportunity to shoot some rounds at a target.

But as he took one shot, a supporter yelled, "Pretend it's Obama."

The GOP presidential candidate said he did not hear the remarks, but media travelling with the former Pennsylvania senator caught it on tape.

Here's ABC News video of it:

Santorum very quickly disavowed the remarks.

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1:16pm

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: World Bank Nominee Channels Will-I-Am

Jim Yong Kim having fun.
YouTube

Earlier, today, President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank.

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1:09pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Africa

Mali's Coup A Setback For A Young African Democracy

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 2:50 pm

The leader of the junta that seized power in Mali, Army Capt. Amadou Sanogo, announces a curfew in the capital, Bamako, on Thursday, in this photo taken from television.The coup ousted an elected president who was due to step down after a new election next month in the West African nation.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

The scene in Mali's capital, Bamako, shows what used to be a familiar sight: an African capital in chaos, with drunken soldiers firing into the air and looting government buildings in the wake of a coup.

Military coups were dishearteningly common for people in Africa and Latin America during the 1960s and '70s, as governments fell to opportunistic military men.

But that trend had been slowing in the past two decades, as more and more governments began to hold regular elections.

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1:00pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Science

Archaeologists Revisit Iraq

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1:00pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Losing Control' In The Movies

A new romantic comedy opens in theaters this week, and it stars a scientist as the likeable, and only slightly nerdy, main character. The film's writer and director, former scientist Valerie Weiss discusses Losing Control, and why she made the shift from lab bench to big screen.

1:00pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Technology

Making the Shift To Electric Vehicles

Though the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf entered the market to fanfare, the battery-powered cars haven't been selling as quickly as hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius. Industry experts discuss electric car technology, from batteries to charging stations, and what it might take to encourage drivers to make the shift.

1:00pm

Fri March 23, 2012
NPR Story

Alan Alda Asks Scientists "What Is A Flame?"

At age 11, actor Alan Alda asked his teacher what a flame was. He received a confusing answer: "oxidation." In the spirit of better communicating science, he's created the "Flame Challenge," a contest in which scientists do their best to define a flame. Eleven-year-olds from around the world will judge the entries.

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