12:26pm

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Feeling #CoopedUp Or Having #FunInTheSnow? Share Your Blizzard Stories

Battling the wind in Boston on Friday, as the storm moved in.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

The snow is going to pile up in parts of the Northeast and New England this weekend.

Which means millions of people are going to be:

-- Cooped up with their loved ones for a day or two.

-- And/or having fun in the snow.

Here's what we'd like:

Tell us how things go in your home or what amazing things you see or do during what's expected to be quite a storm.

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11:39am

Fri February 8, 2013
Law

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 4:09 pm

People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court as the term began in October.
Carolyn Kaster AP

The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

But it is the Proposition 8 case from California that poses the thornier questions for the administration — questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make in the Supreme Court.

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11:06am

Fri February 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Reject Mississippi's Plan For Insurance Exchange

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:51 pm

The heath exchange Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had in mind got turned down by the federal government.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who has been the driving force behind the creation of a state-based exchange, got his answer from the feds: Sure can't.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the plan Thursday, making Mississippi the only state to have its exchange blueprint nixed by the federal government.

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10:55am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Squatter Relying On Archaic Law Is Kicked Out Of Florida Mansion

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 11:30 am

The mansion Andre Barbosa was squatting in.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The unlikely tale of "Loki Boy" came to a quick, uneventful resolution on Thursday.

Without incident, Boca Raton Police have evicted Andre "Loki Boy" Barbosa from the $2.5 million mansion he had been squatting in citing Florida law.

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10:46am

Fri February 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

Twitter's Vine App Raises Questions About Social Media Age Restrictions

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:01 pm

Vine now has a 17+ rating in the Apple App Store, but is it enforceable?
NPR

Vine, Twitter's new microvideo-sharing app for the iPhone, this week added a 17+ rating, saying that the app "contains age-restricted material." The change came after some users uploaded pornographic clips onto the app, which features 6-second (or

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10:21am

Fri February 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 11:00 am

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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10:09am

Fri February 8, 2013
Movie Interviews

Tyler Perry Transforms: From Madea To Family Man

Tyler Perry stars in the action thriller Alex Cross, which is now out on DVD.
Sidney Baldwin 2012 Summit Entertainment LLC

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 15, 2012.

Whenever Tyler Perry is in front of the camera, he's usually behind it as well. A screenwriter, director, producer and star, Perry grew up poor in New Orleans, but he has become a movie phenomenon — he was described in the New Yorker as the most financially successful black man the American film industry has ever known.

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9:57am

Fri February 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: February 8, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

(The Republic) // The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether cities have the authority to ban cannabis dispensaries within their jurisdictions. The defense argued that distribution should be permitted, because medical cannabis is legal statewide, thus superseding local ordinances. The Court didn’t seem convinced, but their ruling will not come until spring. Roughly 200 cities and counties in California have dispensary bans.

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9:30am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Postal Service Reports $1.3 Billion Loss In First Quarter

A U.S. Postal service employee loads his van as he prepares to leave the loading dock to deliver mail from the Los Feliz Post Office in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The United States Postal Service said it lost $1.3 billion in first quarter of its fiscal year. While that's still a huge number, it's a big drop from the $3.1 billion loss the service posted during the same time period last year.

Still, CNN Money reports, the service is still in trouble. It reports:

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9:28am

Fri February 8, 2013
World

Chaos Follows Funeral For Slain Leader In Tunisia

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We want to go live now to the nation of Tunisia, where tens of thousands of people turned out today for the funeral of an assassinated opposition leader. Political tensions turned violent as young men clashed with police. The scene was a reminder of the precariousness of the situation in Tunisia - two years after the Arab Spring revolution began there. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was at the funeral and joins me on the line. And Eleanor, what was the scene at this funeral? What did you see?

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