3:51pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Finds Jodi Arias Eligible For Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Jodi Arias reacts during the reading of the verdict at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on May 8.
Associated Press

A jury has found Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing her onetime boyfriend in a fit of rage, eligible for the death penalty.

The Associated Press reports: "The decision came after a day of testimony Wednesday during which prosecutors had to prove the murder was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner."

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3:16pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Says Kepler's Planet-Searching Days May Be Numbered

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:09 am

Kepler-22b, the discovery of which was announced in December 2011, is one of many planets that bear the space telescope's name.
Getty Images

The planet-hunting career of NASA's Kepler spacecraft might be near its end.

Astronomers said Wednesday that a reaction wheel that keeps the orbiting telescope pointed at tiny, distant patches of sky to look for Earth-like planets has failed. If they can't fix it, Kepler will be relegated to a less prestigious mission, directing its gaze much closer to home in a search for so-called "near-Earth objects," i.e., meteors and asteroids.

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2:44pm

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:50 pm

When Garfield High School in Los Angeles stopped suspending students for "willful defiance" several years ago, it saw suspensions drop from more than 600 to just one. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to follow suit in all LA schools.
Reed Saxon AP

School suspensions are a big issue in California. Last year, schools handed out 700,000 of them. But the Los Angeles Unified School District took a step to change that this week when it voted to ban suspension of students deemed "willfully defiant."

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2:26pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Leaks, Bombs And Double-Agents: More On That AP Story

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:45 pm

The Justice Department's subpoena of Associated Press phone records as part of an investigation into what Attorney General Eric Holder has called "a very grave leak" to the news agency has set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, but there's a lot to the AP story published a year ago that started it all.

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2:19pm

Wed May 15, 2013
It's All Politics

10 Things We Learned From the IRS Inspector General Report

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:29 pm

The John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati, where many of the missteps by IRS workers who targeted conservative groups occurred.
Al Behrman AP

Scintillating isn't how you'd describe the report issued by the Treasury inspector general's report on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.

It was written, after all, by government bureaucrats for government bureaucrats. Enough said.

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2:16pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Out in the Bay ~ 5/16 ~ 7pm Thursday

Plane Queer: Gay airline stewards?! Really?! (a history)

Out in the Bay with host Eric Jansen and "Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants" author Phil Tiemeyer.

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2:11pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

One Reason To Apply For Tax-Exempt Status: Anonymity

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:07 pm

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.
Susan Walsh AP

Revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny have put a spotlight on a part of the tax code increasingly popular with political groups: section 501(c)(4).

But what's the benefit for organizations to get approved for 501(c)(4) status?

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2:09pm

Wed May 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

A New 'Smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:14 am

A TrackingPoint rifle features a high-tech scope that includes a laser rangefinder and a Wi-Fi server.
Courtesy of TrackingPoint

A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.

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2:00pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Thank You Gifts

The International Bank of Bob

The International Bank of Bob

When you pledge at the $120 level or above, you can receive a copy of The International Bank of Bob, as featured on Crosscurrents!

In this book, Bob Harris takes his readers from Peru to Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia to see the micro-loans he made through Kiva.org at work.

He introduces us to inspiring people who received his loans, sometimes for as little as $25-50 dollars, and used that money to change their lives.

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1:56pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

Maryland Suburb Says 16 Is Old Enough To Vote

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:30 am

If you're old enough to drive, are you old enough to vote?

You soon will be if you live in Takoma Park, Md. The famously progressive suburb of Washington, D.C., has just extended voting rights in municipal elections to 16- and 17-year-olds.

Takoma Park was the first city in the country to take such a step, but its action is part of a larger trend toward letting people vote earlier.

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