2:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Politics

Harlem Icon Faces 'Perfect Storm' In Re-Election Bid

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:29 pm

Rep. Charles Rangel greets supporters after a press conference at Frederick Douglass Circle in New York on May 3.
Andy Jacobsohn MCT/Landov

In Harlem, a legendary congressman — one of the most influential black politicians in modern history — faced a difficult re-election as allies backed his younger opponent in demanding a changing of the guard.

That was in 1970, when challenger Charles Rangel defeated Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a mythic figure undone by scandal and frustrated constituents.

Now, 42 years later, Rangel is the iconic lawmaker contending with perhaps his toughest re-election against challengers from within his own party who say his time has passed.

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2:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Thaw At Brain Bank Deals Setback To Autism Research

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:35 am

Unrefrigerated brains in preserving solution are stacked high on shelves at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital.
Olin College of Engineering Flickr

The details sound like something out of a bad science-fiction movie.

A freezer storing human brains for research went on the fritz, and nobody at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center knew for days. Two separate alarms that should have alerted staff to the problem failed to sound late last month.

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2:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Families' Wealth Plunged 40 Percent During Recession, Fed Says

In a study (pdf) released today, the Federal Reserve reports that Americans saw a record drop in their wealth between the years 2007 to 2010. Driven primarily by plummeting home values, families' median net worth dropped 38.8 percent, to levels last seen 18 years ago.

Reuters reports:

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1:39pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Europe

Spain's Leader Calls It A 'Victory,' Not A Bailout

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 5:10 pm

Protesters rally against a bailout package for Spain in front of a Bank of Spain building in Barcelona on Monday. The demonstrators think the bailout will bring only greater hardship.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

A day after getting approval for a financial rescue he vowed Spain would never need, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was his idea all along.

"No one pressured me into this. I pushed for it myself, because I wanted a line of credit," Rajoy said. He refused to call it a "bailout." He called it a "victory" instead.

Most Spaniards don't buy that. In a poll published Sunday, 78 percent of respondents said they have "little or no" faith in Rajoy and his ruling conservatives. That's just six months after they won elections in a landslide.

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1:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Campaigns Taking 'See What Sticks' Approach To Web Videos

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 5:10 pm

1:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Navy Drone Crashes In Maryland

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 2:53 pm

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.
Bobbi Zapka U.S. Airforce

A RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, has crashed near Salisbury, Maryland.

NPR's Larry Abramson reports the Navy says the drone was on a test flight out of Patuxtent Naval Air Station, when it crashed in a remote, swampy area. No injuries nor property damage have been reported.

The drone was one of five acquired "by the Navy for surveillance and intelligence use," Larry tells our Newscast unit.

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12:26pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Law

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Guantanamo Appeals

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 4:10 pm

Outside the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take a second look at how its 2008 decision on the rights of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is being carried out.

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12:03pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Stepping Back From Assad Profile, Anna Wintour Decries Syrian 'Atrocities'

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 1:26 pm

The New York Times has a piece today about how Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma purposefully and with the expensive help of American public relations firms cultivated an image of glamor in the Western world.

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11:26am

Mon June 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Audiafauna

Today we are featuring music by Audiafauna. First you’ll notice the strong female vocals, but then listen for their soothing electronic touches. Audiafauna is performing on Saturday, June 16 at The Vagabond Ballroom, in Oakland. Doors open at 8pm.

11:21am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

ABC's Robin Roberts Vows To Beat Blood Disorder

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on the show today.
Good Morning America

Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts told the ABC-TV show's viewers today that she's been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), "a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia."

She also said "doctors tell me I'm going to beat this — and I know it's true."

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