8:40am

Mon May 14, 2012
Remembrances

Shooting Vietnam: Remembering Horst Faas

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:47 am

The sun breaks through dense jungle foliage as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come, January 1965.
Horst Faas AP

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas, who captured several iconic moments during the Vietnam War, died May 10. He was 79.

Haas was the chief of The Associated Press' Southeast Asia bureau from 1962 to 1974, where he covered the fighting and mentored dozens of young photographers who were sent out across Vietnam to capture images of the war's terror and inhumanity.

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8:32am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghanistan: More Troubles, But U.S. Ambassador Sees Path Forward

Officials and mourners prepare to place the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council and former Taliban leader Arsala Rahmani in a grave earlier today, in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

While U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says there is a path toward relative stability in Afghanistan and away from a return to the kind of civil war that devastated the country in the early 1990s, the difficulties still facing that nation have been underscored by more violence:

-- CNN.com reports that "a bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry."

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7:51am

Mon May 14, 2012
Semper Fi

Today on Your Call: How do we challenge systemic water contamination?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the documentary film Semper Fi: Always Faithful.  It follows former US Marine Jerry Ensminger, whose daughter died of leukemia from water contamination at North Carolina’s Camp LeJeune.   Ensminger says “When I first learned of the contamination issue, I had all the faith and confidence that the Marine Corps that I had served for nearly a quarter century would step up and do what was right by their people.

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7:25am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens More Murdered In Mexico; Count Of Headless Bodies May Near 70

Morgue employees take in some of the bodies that were found Sunday.
Moises Castillo AP

Few headlines are more horrific than this:

"49 Headless Bodies Dumped In Mexican Town."

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7:23am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 11:27 am

A technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has kicked off an energy boom in the United States. Fracking lets drillers unlock vast reservoirs of natural gas that were previously inaccessible. Over the past decade, about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled across the country.

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6:55am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 7:27 am

The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
Andre Panneton iStockphoto.com

Evan, Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail and John all have something in common. They were born this spring at Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington, Vt.

Around the same time, a group of babies named Paislee, Liberty, Rykan and Scottlynn were all born in and around North Platte, Neb.

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6:47am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Sophia Is No. 1 Among Girls' Names; Mason Soars To Near Top Among Boys

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:53 am

Sophia has pushed Isabella off the No. 1 spot among most popular names for girls born in the U.S., the Social Security Administration says.

Meanwhile, Jacob remained atop the list of boys' names, where it's been since 1999.

But Mason "rocketed to number two" last year from the No. 12 spot in 2010.

Here are the top 10 for each gender, from the agency's website:

Boys

1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. William
4. Jayden
5. Noah

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Mon May 14, 2012

5:41am

Mon May 14, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Monday May 14, 2012

Skylab 1973 (highlighted story below)
  • 135th Day of 2012 / 231 Remaining
  • 37 Days Until Summer Begins
  • Sunrise:6:00
  • Sunset:8:13
  • 14 Hours 13 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:2;31am
  • Moon Set:2:44pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 31 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 4 @ 4:11am
  • Full Strawberry Moon
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5:32am

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Facebook's Zuckerberg Turns 28, With Billions Of Reasons To Celebrate

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in black hoodie.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Happy birthday, Mark Zuckerberg.

Not only do you turn 28 today, but at the end of the week Facebook stock is due to go public for the first time.

The social networking giant is expected to be valued around $100 billion and Zuckerberg's worth will then be around $18 billion, as Wired magazine's Steven Levy said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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