10:46am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

NSA Leaker: 'I'm Neither Traitor Nor Hero. I'm An American'

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:34 am

In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public.
The Guardian

"I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."

That's what Edward Snowden tells the South China Morning Post in his first published interview since The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed he was the source who leaked top secret information about government programs that sweep up data on phone calls and Internet activity.

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10:31am

Wed June 12, 2013
Parallels

Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:20 pm

Residents of the Estonian capital of Tallinn can use public transportation for free after purchasing a special card for 2 euros.
Raigo Pajula AFP/Getty Images

The Baltic city of Tallinn hardly looks modern with its blend of medieval towers and Soviet-era architecture. Smoke-spewing buses and noisy streetcars look as if they have been plucked from the past.

Even so, the Estonian capital is one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. The birthplace of Skype has repeatedly been cited for its digital accomplishments. Last week, Tallinn once again made the short list of the world's most intelligent cities as selected by the Intelligent Community Forum.

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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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