2:56am

Tue June 5, 2012
Religion

N. Dakota 'Religious Liberty' Measure Sparks Debate

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 5:29 am

Next week, North Dakota voters will decide whether to add an amendment to the state's constitution that supporters say will guarantee religious freedom. But the ballot measure has prompted debate over precisely what it safeguards; opponents argue that it's a solution in search of a problem and worry about its consequences.

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6:44pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

High Court Rules 'Equal Protection' Doesn't Extend To Municipal Taxpayers

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Constitution's guarantee to equal protection of the law does not extend to taxpayers who paid more for a sewer hookup than their neighbors.

The case centered on what essentially amounted to an amnesty program for some taxpayers when Indianapolis switched from one payment system to another.

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6:20pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

It's Not Your Imagination: Americans Are More Polarized, Says Pew

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:44 pm

Linda Door of Laguna Beach, Calif. protests against the health care reform law as supporters file past the Supreme Court in Washington, last March.
Charles Dharapak AP

It's not just our politicians who are divided. According to a new report (pdf) from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Americans' values and "basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years."

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5:55pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Record

There's No Such Thing As A Sold Out Concert (Even For Justin Bieber)

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:44 pm

Over the weekend, Justin Bieber's 45-city fall tour sold out in an hour.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

This weekend, as Billboard has reported, tickets for Justin Bieber's tour of the United States and Canada sold out in an hour. Not just one venue. The whole tour. All of the tickets. Completely.

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5:42pm

Mon June 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Rekindles Conservative Doubts With Pick To Lead White House Transition

Mitt and Ann Romney sit behind Michael Leavitt and his wife Jacqueline at the February 2008 funeral of Gordon B. Hinckley, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Romney reportedly has chosen Leavitt to lead his transition team.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

With many conservatives already suspecting that he is a conservative of convenience, Mitt Romney apparently hasn't done himself any favors in their eyes with the man he chose to lead his presidential transition.

Politico broke the story Sunday that Romney has chosen Michael Leavitt to oversee the creation of an executive branch in waiting.

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5:20pm

Mon June 4, 2012
All Tech Considered

Game Review: 'Beat Sneak Bandit' Has A Rhythm From The Past

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:44 pm

The look of Beat Sneak Bandit was inspired by the work of Saul Bass, whose style was synonymous with the beatnik era.
Simogo

For much of the past decade, music video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have let millions of aspiring rockers live out their dreams of stardom, waving fake instruments and mimicking their favorite music icons. Jamin Warren, founder of killscreendaily.com, says iPhones and iPads have inspired game designers to re-imagine the music game.

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5:16pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Author Interviews

The 'Truth' About Why We Lie, Cheat And Steal

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 8:49 pm

Chances are, you're a liar. Maybe not a big liar — but a liar nonetheless. That's the finding of Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He's run experiments with some 30,000 people and found that very few people lie a lot, but almost everyone lies a little.

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5:08pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Middle East

Israel Presents Itself As Haven For Gay Community

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 8:56 am

Israel is now marketing itself internationally as welcoming to the gay community. Participants in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem are shown here on July 29, 2010.
Ronen Zvulun Reuters/Landov

The sun is setting, gay pride flags wave next to the water, same-sex couples kiss and cuddle on the beach. This is Tel Aviv — which the government of Israel is now pushing as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world — and gay tourism is booming.

"It's a place you have to go, good parties, nice people, beautiful people and just different from all the other tourist destinations you can go to," says Jorg Grosskopf, a German tourist who, together with his partner, Peter, is on his seventh vacation in Israel.

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4:53pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Mental Illness Is Up Close In One Actor's Family

Calen Pick, a nephew of actor Glenn Close, lives with schizo-affective disorder.
Courtesy of Jessie Close

Oscar-nominated actor Glenn Close is known for her roles in movies like Fatal Attraction and Air Force One and now the hit TV show Damages. But she's also playing a more prominent role raising awareness about mental illness.

She was inspired by her sister Jessie Close, who lives with bipolar disorder, as well as her nephew Calen Pick, who has schizo-affective disorder.

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4:31pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Rebels Say They No Longer Respect U.N.-Backed Truce

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 4:38 pm

Syrian rebels said they are no longer holding their fire. Reuters reports that the rebels are walking away from the United-Nations-backed truce with the regime of Bashar Assad.

"We have decided to end our commitment to this (ceasefire)," Free Syrian Army spokesman Major Sami al-Kurdi told Reuters. "We have resumed our attacks but we are doing defensive attacks which means we are only attacking checkpoints in the cities."

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