1:00pm

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Darwin The 'IKEA Monkey' Can't Go Home For Christmas, Judge Rules

Darwin, when he was on the lam at IKEA.
ABC News

(Now, for something completely different.)

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12:27pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Shots - Health News

Killer's DNA Won't Explain His Crime

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 6:21 pm

A person's DNA can say a lot about a person, but not why someone has committed a horrific crime like mass murder.
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Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Wayne Carver, has raised the possibility of requesting genetic tests on Adam Lanza, the man responsible for the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Carver hasn't said precisely what he may want geneticists to look for, but scientists who study the links between genes and violence say those tests won't reveal much about why Lanza did what he did.

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12:16pm

Fri December 21, 2012
NPR News Investigations

Dismissed Case Raises Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 12:27 pm

Jennie and Kristian Aspelin pose in a pumpkin patch with their children two weeks before three-month-old Johan died.
Courtesy of the Aspelin family

When San Francisco prosecutors dismissed charges against Kristian Aspelin in early December, it became just the latest case to raise questions about how shaken baby syndrome is diagnosed. Aspelin, who was accused of causing the death of his infant son, had one thing in his favor: He had enough money to pay for medical experts who cast doubt on the prosecution's theory.

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10:59am

Fri December 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: December 21, 2012

Cannabis leaf

(Oakland Tribune) //  Harborside Healthcenter’s eviction notice was heard in federal court yesterday in San Francisco. As noted in our last roundup, the question of “when” still seems to be as important as “what,” since Harborside was openly selling marijuana for six years before the US Attorney became interested.

Judge Maria Elena James did not announce a decision in the case, but indicated she will do so “as soon as possible.”

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10:51am

Fri December 21, 2012
National Security

John Kerry Already A Familiar Face To World Leaders

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 6:21 pm

U.S. Sen. John Kerry (left), who was nominated Friday to be secretary of state, is shown shaking hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during a trip to Pakistan last year.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Long before President Obama nominated John Kerry as the country's top diplomat, the Massachusetts senator was seen as a secretary of state in waiting.

He has been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has frequently jetted off to Afghanistan and Pakistan whenever the Obama administration needed him.

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10:27am

Fri December 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Boehner's Power Outage Dimming Obama's Options As Well

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:53 am

House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a press conference Friday on Capitol Hill.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The most important measure of power on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a question: "Do you have the votes?"

For House Speaker John Boehner, the answer once again appears to be "no." In a move that's hard to view as anything short of humiliating for the speaker, Boehner had to shelve his own "Plan B" fiscal-cliff-avoidance proposal Thursday evening after it became clear he couldn't get enough fellow Republicans to support it.

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10:03am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Sen. Daniel Inouye Remembered As Quiet Inspiration

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 3:10 am

Sen. Daniel Inouye "embodied the spirit of aloha," President Obama said.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

At a service for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, President Obama said if it weren't for the example of the long-serving Hawaii Democrat, he might not have gone into public service.

Inouye "hinted to me what might be possible in my own life," Obama told the crowd, which included Vice President Joe Biden and other friends and former Senate colleagues.

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9:14am

Fri December 21, 2012
Remembrances

Remembering Von Freeman, Lol Coxhill And Sean Bergin

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 11:00 am

Jazz lost many great saxophonists in 2012, including David S. Ware, John Tchicai, Byard Lancaster, Faruq Z. Bey, Hal McKusick and Red Holloway.

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8:28am

Fri December 21, 2012
Best Books Of 2012

5 Young Adult Novels That You'll Never Outgrow

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Nishant Choksi

This was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction — but also a confused and divisive one. We learned that 55 percent of young adult fiction was read by adults. Debates raged over what constituted a young adult novel versus an adult novel. Apologetic grown-ups sneaked into the teen section of the bookstore, passing subversive teens pattering into the adult paranormal and literature and mystery shelves.

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8:27am

Fri December 21, 2012
Governing

Gun Control: What Would Mayors Do?

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., mayors are a key part of the debate over the country's gun laws. Host Michel Martin speaks with two leaders who frequently encounter issues of gun violence and gun ownership; Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sylvester James and former Cincinnati Mayor Kenneth Blackwell.

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