3:32pm

Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Last GOP Debate Before S.C. Primary Could Produce Political Fireworks

If there's ever been a presidential debate with as much news happening in the hours leading up to the event, it's hard to remember when.

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3:12pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

New Restrictions On Abortion Almost Tied Record Last Year

If it seemed like 2011 was a big year for laws restricting abortion, it was.

In fact, according to "Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights In the U.S.," the 21stannual report compiled by the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, the 69 laws enacted restricting a woman's reproductive rights were just one short of the record set in 1999.

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3:09pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Middle East

In Egypt's New Parliament, Women Will Be Scarce

In Egypt's recent parliamentary elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak's ouster and the fairest in the country's history, Islamists won big.

And one group suffered a shocking disappointment — women.

Although the final numbers haven't been announced, it appears there will be only about eight women out of the 508 seats – or less than 2 percent.

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3:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
NPR Story

Apple Carves Inroads In Educational Publishing

Apple announced it is getting into the electronic textbook business. The tech company is releasing new tools that make it easier for publishers to create new, interactive textbooks designed to be used on Apple's iPad.

2:46pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Prime Minister Appears Before Country's Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 2:53 pm

The prime minister's legal counsel Aitzaz Ahsan (center) outside the Supreme Court, following the appearance of Prime Minister Yousef Reza Gilani before a seven member bench. Gilani faces contempt charges for his government's refusal to re-open a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Sajid Mehmood NPR

Extending the political crisis that has churned up a media frenzy and put the nation on edge, Pakistan's Supreme Court has given the Prime Minister ten more days to answer contempt of court charges

Prime Minister Yusef Reza Gilani drove himself to the imposing Supreme Court building framed by stormy skies this morning. Facing contempt charges, he stood in the well of the packed court and defended his refusal to re-open a graft case against his boss, President Zardari.

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2:44pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Moldovan Crew Member: Italian Ship Captain 'Did A Great Thing'

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 2:45 pm

A woman who was seen dining with the captain of the Costa Concordia the night the luxury liner crashed off the Italian coast is defending him. The AP reports that the woman, whom Italian authorities want to interview, is Dominican Cermotan, a 25-year-old Moldovan, who worked for Costa as a hostess but was not on duty the day of the incident.

"He did a great thing, he saved over 3,000 lives," Cermotan told Moldova's Jurnal TV, according to the AP.

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2:39pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Salt

Surviving China's Cultural Revolution On Seasonal, Local Food

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 8:24 pm

A Chinese propaganda poster from the Mao era.
Maopost.com

Any cook who has had to make do with very little knows there's a sort of pride in whipping up a tasty meal from a bare pantry.

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2:15pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Wait A Minute ... Or Three Years: Leap Second's Fate Put Off

The timekeepers at the International Telecommunication Union's Radiocommunication Assembly, who were supposed to decide this week whether to keep or eliminate the leap second, have decided to take some more time to decide.

Three years, apparently, the BBC reports.

The experts, it says, "were unable to reach a consensus, so moved the matter to a meeting in 2015."

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1:40pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

After Digging Out Snow, Washington Is Hit With Ice Storm

Amelia McHugh, 9, right, and her father, Noel McHugh, left, cross-country ski, in front of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Wednesday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Washington, which over the past few days has gotten an unusual amount of snow, is getting another round of unexpected weather. Here's the Seattle PI's lede this morning:

"First snow, now ice."

And the ice, which coated the roads, trees, and power lines is continuing the havoc that the snow brought.

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1:05pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Auction Of Audubon Set On Friday Could Mark New Record For Books

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 1:08 pm

One of the 400 engraved images in the Audubon set: a Common American Swan.
Christie's AP

A rare four-volume set — John James Audubon's Birds of America — stands a good chance of becoming the most expensive such books ever auctioned on Friday.

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