12:44am

Tue November 13, 2012
Author Interviews

'Testament Of Mary' Gives Fiery Voice To The Virgin

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:36 pm

Scribner

The Virgin Mary is one of the most familiar icons of Christianity. For centuries, artists have depicted her on everything from backyard statues of a rosy-cheeked innocent to paintings of magnificent Madonnas hanging in museums all over the world. But few writers have taken up her story or tried to create their own version of the events of her life.

Now, Irish writer Colm Toibin does just that. His novella, The Testament of Mary, raises questions about the life of Jesus' mother and the stories that laid the groundwork for the creation of a church.

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12:43am

Tue November 13, 2012
World

Far-Right Greek Party Rides Wave Of Economic Anger

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 2:02 am

Members of the Greek ultranationalist Golden Dawn Party, sing the national anthem outside the party's office in Thessaloniki in June. The party's support has been boosted by anti-immigrant anger.
Sakis Mitrolidis AFP/Getty Images

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Athens last month, a few Greek Army reservists in fatigues greeted her with chants of "Get out, Nazis!" Like other Greeks, they are furious over the drastic budget cuts Germany and other eurozone countries are demanding in exchange for billions in bailout loans.

The protesters compared the situation to Nazi Germany's brutal occupation of Greece during World War II, when more than 400,000 Greeks died.

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12:43am

Tue November 13, 2012
Energy

Across Pa., Abandoned Wells Litter The Land

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 2:02 am

An abandoned, unplugged well near the Allegheny National Forest in northwest Pennsylvania.
Scott Detrow StateImpact Pennsylvania

In February 1932, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt was plotting a run for the White House. And in northeast Pennsylvania, the Morris Run Coal Co. had just finished drilling a 5,385-foot-deep gas well on a farm owned by Mr. W.J. Butters.

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12:34am

Tue November 13, 2012
Shots - Health News

Health Insurance Exchanges Explained

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 10:33 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said last week the state could design its own health insurance exchange required under President Obama's health care law. But resistance in the Republican-controlled General Assembly may cause the state to hand that power off to the federal government.
Mark Humphrey AP

Last week's election may have settled the fate of the federal Affordable Care Act, but its implementation after months of uncertainty has caught many of the players unprepared.

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12:33am

Tue November 13, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Beach Towns Mourn Sandy-Ravaged Boardwalks

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 10:15 am

Waves break Oct. 31 in front of a destroyed amusement park wrecked by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Hurricane Sandy left a long trail of destruction across the New Jersey shoreline. And it did a lot more than just flood houses.

In towns like Seaside Heights and Belmar, Sandy wiped out the boardwalks that line the beach. In places like these, boardwalks served as the commercial center knitting the towns together, and residents are wondering where to go from here.

Until two weeks ago, the boardwalk was the place to hang out in Belmar, N.J. Ann Summer was walking along the water with her husband this weekend.

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12:32am

Tue November 13, 2012
U.S.

In Chicago, Violence Soars And Witnesses Go Silent

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:22 pm

Paramedics treat multiple gunshot victims in Chicago in August.
Devlin Brown, Chicago Tribune MCT/Landov

It's an old problem and an old code ā€” "don't snitch." And it exists everywhere.

But in Chicago, where homicides and shootings are up significantly this year, that old code is leaving a rising number of violent crimes unsolved. Chicago Police Department statistics show arrests are being made in about 30 percent of shooting homicides, while close to 80 percent of nonfatal shootings are going unsolved.

When police can't find and arrest the perpetrators, they worry that the shooters will soon shoot again.

Witness Protection

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12:31am

Tue November 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Fiscal Cliff Would Only Dent The Deficit

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:30 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, seen last week, discusses the looming fiscal cliff.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Virtually everyone agrees that allowing the nation to fall off the fiscal cliff would be a bad thing.

Government programs would be cut, taxes would rise significantly on a majority of Americans, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, the economy would fall back into recession.

But get this: Even if all of those things happen, there would still be a budget deficit.

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12:14am

Tue November 13, 2012
National Security

The FBI's Role In The Petraeus Investigation

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 9:40 am

Members of Congress want to know why they didn't know more about the investigation involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, seen here testifying on Capitol Hill on Feb. 2.
Cliff Owen AP

In Washington scandals, the question is usually what the White House knew.

But in the case of former CIA Director David Petraeus, lawmakers are asking why President Obama did not know about a federal investigation that had found evidence Petraeus was having an affair.

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5:23pm

Mon November 12, 2012
VETERANS

Even with new treatments, few PTSD vets seek help

Under CC License by The U.S. Army http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/2898270225/

Vietnam veteran Howie Slater describes himself as a walking time bomb.

ā€œIā€™m originally from New York, and I was drafted in 1967. I was In Cu Chi Vietnam attached to the 25th infantry division, so I did see my somewhat share of combat,ā€ says Slater.

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4:56pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: November 12, 2012

The role of the youth vote in the 2012 Presidential election, rehabilitation opportunities inside prison, innovative strategies to help veterans with PTSD, and local musicians The Phenomenauts.

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