10:26am

Wed June 12, 2013
Code Switch

The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 1:10 pm

How fast are our stances toward marijuana changing? Washington, which legalized marijuana last fall, has had to acquire new drug-sniffing dogs who aren't trained to go after pot.
Elaine Thompson AP

On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines.

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9:50am

Wed June 12, 2013
2nd Grade Writers Contest Winner

PBS KIDS GO! Awards Young Authors

Emilia Liedke 2013 winner in 2nd grade category of PBS KIDS GO! Writer Contest.
Credit WTCI

Several young authors were celebrated in May when WTCI announced the winners of the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. 

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9:48am

Wed June 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:49 am

A University of Utah volunteer drives through Salt Lake City's Avenues neighborhood as a camera tracks her eye and head movement. Another device records driver reaction time, and a cap fitted with sensors charts brain activity.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

If you've felt smug and safe using built-in, voice-controlled technology for text messages, email and phone calls while driving, forget it. There are some sobering findings about the risk of distraction from the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah.

The proliferation of hands-free technology "is a looming public safety crisis," AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet says. "It's time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars."

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9:36am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:43 am

Ariel Castro, 52, in a booking photo.
Handout Getty Images

Facing 329 charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, 139 counts of rape and 177 counts of kidnapping, Ariel Castro entered a not-guilty plea this morning in a Cleveland courthouse.

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9:35am

Wed June 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Rick Perry's War On The Blue States

Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with Illinois media during his April trip to lure businesses.
M. Spencer Green AP

Gov. Rick Perry's outsized Texas swagger is coming to the heart of blue state America.

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9:24am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Said To Reveal Existence Of 'Gay Lobby'

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:58 am

Pope Francis leaves after his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on June 12, 2013.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

In an audience with The Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, Pope Francis is said to have revealed the existence of a gay lobby.

The organization of priests and nuns posted notes of their private meeting with the pope on its website.

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9:22am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger Goes On Trial

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:07 am

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
EPA /Landov

Whitey Bulger is finally getting his day in court.

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8:45am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Colorado Fires: Thousands of Homes Evacuated, Prisoners Moved

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:58 am

Smoke rises from the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs.
Kirk Siegler NPR

More than 900 prisoners were evacuated from a state prison near Colorado Springs, Colo., early Wednesday as one of four wildfires across the Front Range moved toward the facility, The Associated Press writes.

About 2,500 homes and businesses in northeast El Paso County have also been evacuated, according to The Denver Post.

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8:03am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Spurs Blow Out The Heat, Take 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 8:55 am

The San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (left) congratulates teammate Gary Neal on his three-pointer during Tuesday night's game.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald MCT / Landov

The Spurs were red hot Tuesday night, not the Heat.

San Antonio blew out Miami in Game 3 of the NBA finals, winning 113-77 and taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Led by Danny Green and Gary Neal, the Spurs went on a tear — hitting a Finals record 16 shots from beyond the three-point arc. As NPR's Tom Goldman said on Morning Edition, "Miami melted into the hardwood like the wicked witch of the west" as San Antonio hit shot after shot.

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8:01am

Wed June 12, 2013
National Security

Surveillance Revelations Spark Lackluster Public Discord

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:53 am

When a former IT contractor at the National Security Agency gave The Guardian U.S. government surveillance information, he told the paper that his only motivation was to spark a public debate about government surveillance.

"This is something that's not our place to decide," Edward Snowden said. "The public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong."

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