11:59am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

One Dead, Dozens Hurt In Louisiana Chemical Plant Explosion

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 8:40 pm

The plant on fire after it reportedly exploded Thursday in the town of Geismar, La.
Ryan Meador AP

(This post last updated at 8:30 p.m. ET)

An explosion touched off a fire at a Louisiana petrochemical plant, killing at least one person and injuring more than 70 others, officials say.

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11:56am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Rejects Measure To Delay 'Path To Citizenship'

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:36 pm

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from the Office of Field Operations watches in February as people cross from Mexico into the United States at Nogales, Ariz.
John Moore Getty Images

The Senate has defeated a Republican measure that would have blocked implementation of a "path to citizenship" for undocumented workers until after the U.S.-Mexico border has been deemed secure for a period of six months.

The amendment to the larger overhaul of U.S. immigration law was sponsored by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. It was defeated Thursday in a 57-43 vote.

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11:51am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Salt

Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:18 pm

Lisa Steketee restocks strawberries during the Laramie Farmers Market in Wyoming, in 2009.
Ben Woloszyn AP

More women are getting into farming, according to a recent analysis from the U.S Department of Agriculture.

The agency crunched numbers from the Agriculture Census and found that the number of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent by 2007.

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10:53am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

At Least 93,000 Syrians Have Died During Conflict, U.N. Says

Mourners carry the body of a man killed last fall in the northern Syrian town of Azaz.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

"The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels," the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Thursday as her office reported there have been at least 92,901 conflict-related deaths in Syria since March 2011.

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10:48am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:28 am

In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that:

-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."

-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.

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10:21am

Thu June 13, 2013
Code Switch

Share With Us Your Own 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:30 am

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech.
AP

Note: Our friends at Tell Me More are beginning a series culminating in the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Here's the scoop:

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10:21am

Thu June 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

New York Hospitals Shelve Rivalries For Proton Beam Project

An image with radiation doses from proton therapy superimposed.
Wikimedia Commons

During the recent debate in Washington, D.C., over whether to let to local competing hospital systems build rival proton beam therapy centers, an obvious question was raised: Why not team up?

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10:10am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Gannett To Buy TV Station Owner Belo For $2.2 Billion

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:05 pm

Gannett headquarters in McLean, Va.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Gannett Co. plans to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5 billion in cash and $715 million in debt in a deal that will make it one of the nation's largest owners of network television affiliates.

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10:02am

Thu June 13, 2013
Grand Opening for Forests of the World

Go Bananas for Reptiles at the Chattanooga Zoo

Komodo Dragon
Credit Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo is opening the new exhibit "Forests of the World" on the annual Go Bananas Day on Saturday, June 15th. 

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9:55am

Thu June 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Turkey's Prime Minister Issues Warning To 'Lawbreakers'

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:01 am

A protestor with a gas mask uses a mobile phone to read the news on social media as demonstrators gather at midnight Thursday in Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a strong warning to the protesters camped out at Taksim Square in Istanbul.

He said that within 24 hours, the situation at the square would be resolved. As The New York Times reports, the tough talk was tempered with an olive branch of sorts: Erdogan hinted that a referendum could decide whether a mall would be built in place of a park next to the square.

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