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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1:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Your Health

When, And How, To Ask For A Second Medical Opinion

When faced with a major medical decision, it can be difficult for patients to determine when it's appropriate to seek a second opinion. Asking another doctor can help catch misdiagnoses or prevent unnecessary treatments, but they can also be a waste of time and resources.

1:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
NPR Story

Quizmaster Reflects On 50 Years Of 'It's Academic'

Host Mac McGarry (top left) poses with student contestants on the set of It's Academic in 1988.
Courtesy of 'It's Academic'

For 51 seasons, the Washington, D.C.-based TV quiz show It's Academic has pitted three teams of high school students against each other in a sports game atmosphere — complete with chants and cheerleaders.

The show first aired in the Washington area in 1961 and spurred similar programs in several other cities. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Senator Charles Schumer and political commentator George Stephanopoulos have all appeared on versions of the show.

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1:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Election 2012

Perry Leaves Race, Iowa GOP Puts Santorum In Lead

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race Thursday, saying he saw no way forward. The same day, the Iowa Republican party announced that Mitt Romney is no longer the winner of the caucuses there.

1:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Business

'Vulture Capitalism'? How Private Equity Firms Work

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 3:06 pm

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1:00pm

Thu January 19, 2012
NPR Story

'Justified' Producer Shares Crime Writing Secrets

Crime novelist Elmore Leonard with Justified star Timothy Olyphant.
Courtesy of FX

Elmore Leonard has had the kind of writing career many aspiring writers dream of. Over six decades, he's written scores of successful crime novels, short stories and scripts for the big and small screens.

The acclaimed TV series on FX, Justified, is based on one of Leonard's short stories, "Fire in the Hole." The show has garnered awards for its gritty yet likeable characters.

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12:46pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Endoscope Captures First Glimpse Inside Crippled Japanese Reactor

The images are blurred by steam and obscured by radiation. But they are the first look we've gotten inside Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor that was crippled by a tsunami last year.

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12:39pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Education

Collaboration could help SUNY schools land new grants

SUNY-ESF says it will compete for the next round of SUNY 2020 Challenge Grants aimed at sparking economic growth. The school will look to partner with area public colleges to better its chances of winning a grant.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaning on New York’s network of public colleges to play a bigger role in economic growth -- and he’s proposing to provide the resources to do so. But there could stiff competition for those funds.

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