3:09pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Because Of Budget Cuts, U.S. Releases Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:37 pm

Karnes County Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas.
ICE

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) says it released several hundred detainees in an effort to prepare for the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1. More people may be released in the coming days.

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2:24pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:05 pm

The U.S. Embassy in central London in 2009.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world.

Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry said just a few years ago, "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen."

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2:18pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Two-Way

GM Denies Asking For $2.1 Million Pay Raise For CEO Dan Akerson

General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

General Motors Co. said today that its Chief Executive Dan Akerson will not take a pay raise this year.

Documents filed with the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform showed that GM was asking the U.S. government to OK a $2.1 million raise for Akerson. The government still owns part of GM and when the automaker took a $49.5 billion bailout, it agreed to have executive pay approved by government.

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2:14pm

Tue February 26, 2013
It's All Politics

Has The U.S. Outgrown The Voting Rights Act?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:47 pm

A supporter of the Voting Rights Act attends a rally Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

The nation has twice elected an African-American president.

Black voters have been turning out for general elections in rates that for the first time in U.S. history rival those of whites.

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1:27pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal?

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 12:06 pm

From left: 8-year-old Celedonia, 3-year-old Gavin, Amy Spencer and Doug Brown gather around the kitchen as Doug prepares a fruit salad for dinner.
Maggie Starbard NPR

When we asked you (via our Facebook page) to tell us about the weekday challenges your families face, given the competing demands of work, commutes, schoolwork and activities, you didn't hold back. Especially on the subject of squeezing in a family dinner.

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1:08pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Middle East

Sanctions Bite, But Iran Shows No Signs Of Budging

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 9:31 am

An Iranian woman shops at a supermarket in the capital, Tehran, on Feb. 22. International sanctions have hurt Iran's economy, but prospects for a breakthrough on Iran's nuclear program are dim as negotiators meet in Kazakhstan.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

A new round of international talks on Iran's nuclear program is under way in Kazakhstan, where the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany are asking Iran to give up any thought of building a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from sanctions.

Western leaders do not predict a breakthrough, but they say small steps could be taken that would increase confidence on both sides.

Still, it's hard to imagine how such negotiations could proceed with lower expectations for progress.

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1:00pm

Tue February 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

Is There Room For Smartphones Beyond Android And iOS?

Smartphones based on Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system, are expected in 2014.
Canonical

Between them, Google Android and Apple's iOS account for more than 90 percent of U.S. smartphone sales, with Windows Phone, BlackBerry and a few smaller players rounding out the mobile market. But the tech world never stands still and other players are making a run for a piece of the growing mobile pie.

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12:50pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Anesthesia Care And Web-Surfing May Not Mix, Nurses Say

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 11:48 am

Distraction is a well-known safety issue in the OR, but there's been very little research on whether smartphones are contributing to the problem.
iStockphoto.com

The next time you're being wheeled into the operating room, you might want to ask the medical professionals there to lay off the eBay and Twitter apps on their phones.

That's the word from the nation's nurse anesthetists, who just came out with a new policy urging OR staff to use their smartphones for the practice of medicine, not Facebooking.

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12:38pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Politics

It's A Trap! 4 Possible Presidential Pitfalls

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:41 pm

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower relaxes at the 18th hole during a golf game in Newport, R.I., Sept. 10, 1957.
Henry Burroughs AP

You are Barack Obama and you find yourself hacking away in the weeds of sequestration — and some frustration. What's going on?

After all, you won a second term as President of the United States. You withstood the hooks and slices of a nasty campaign. Your approval rating is on the rise. Over President's Day weekend you played golf with Tiger Woods. For an American politician, it probably doesn't get any better than this.

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12:34pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Open Air ~ 2/28 at 1pm

A new "Secret Garden" ~ The Chairs ~ Other Minds

Michala Petri with Sunleif Rasmussen - Other Minds

On this week’s Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer Nolan Gasser and librettist Carey Harrison about their new family opera, The Secret Garden, created by Cal Performances and  SF Opera.

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