11:40am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

North, South Korean Sites Hacked On Korean War Anniversary

Websites in both North and South Korea were hacked Tuesday, the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War. A number of South Korean government and media websites reportedly were brought down, including that of President Park Geun Hye and the South Korean Office of Government Policy Coordination.

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11:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Chattanooga's Beth Kirby Could Be the Next MasterChef

Beth Kirby competes on the weekly cooking show MasterChef.

Beth Kirby, a food blogger and amateur chef who lives in Chattanooga, is a weekly contestant on MasterChef.  Gordon Ramsay hosts the cooking competition, which airs Wednesday evenings on Fox. In this interview, Kirby tells WUTC what it's like to be on the show, and she talks about her blog, Local Milk.

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11:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Salt

Will GMOs Help Protect Ugandan Families Against Hunger?

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 1:45 pm

A woman sells bananas at the Kampala Airport. Ugandans eat about a pound of the fruit, on average, per day.
Ronald Kabuubi AP

While a few states in the U.S. are debating mandatory labels for genetically modified foods, some African nations are considering a bigger question: Should farmers be allowed to plant genetically modified crops at all?

The question carries extra weight in countries like Uganda, where most people are farmers who depend on their own crops for food.

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11:10am

Tue June 25, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Section Of Voting Rights Act

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11:10am

Tue June 25, 2013
Law

What Does The Court's Ruling On The Voting Rights Act Mean?

Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Nina Totenberg about the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling, striking down a key provision of the law.

11:09am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

5-Year High In Consumer Confidence Bodes Well For Economy

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:30 pm

If consumers are feeling better, they may be more apt to spend — which could mean better job growth down the road.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

The economy "is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up," economist Lynn Franco predicted Tuesday as the Conference Board released its latest survey on consumer confidence.

The business research group, where Franco is director of economic indicators, said its index rose to a five-year high of 81.4 in June — up from May's 74.3. The index is based on surveys of Americans.

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10:43am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 4:49 pm

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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10:36am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

LIVE BLOG: Supreme Court's Latest Rulings

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:59 am

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. Today's Major Ruling; Key Part Of 1965 Voting Rights Act Is Ruled Unconstitutional:

"By a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by Justice Department," Eyder writes.

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10:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
Parallels

In Qatar, A (Rare) Royal Abdication

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 4:02 pm

The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, abdicated on Tuesday in favor of his 33-year-old son. Sheik Hamad is shown here during an Oval Office meeting with President Obama in April.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Qatar's emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, handed over power to his 33-year-old son on Tuesday, and we found this rather remarkable on several counts.

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9:58am

Tue June 25, 2013
All Tech Considered

Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

A long line for a men's room at a 2009 tech conference in Omaha, Neb. Photos of this situation have now inspired a Twitter feed.
SleepyJeanne Flickr

Editor's Note: As part of our reboot of All Tech Considered, we'll invite contributors to blog about big-picture questions facing tech and society.

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