12:52pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Calls On Venezuela 'To Respect ... Free Speech' Of Its Citizens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:29 pm

A woman walks past a message painted on a wall in the streets of Caracas reading "Fraud. Maduro Illegitimate."
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

The United States called on the Venezuelan government to be transparent in its effort to "audit the ballots" of the presidential election held this weekend.

If you missed it, the news that Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro had won by a razor-thin margin unleashed protests in the streets of Caracas.

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12:29pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Use A Pressure Cooker To Build A Bomb?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:19 pm

This photo, produced by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Boston, shows the remains of an explosive device at the Boston Marathon bomb scene.
Reuters/Landov

They are cheap, easy to build and inconspicuous. And as the explosions this week at the Boston Marathon show, pressure cooker bombs can be devastatingly effective weapons.

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12:24pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Top Stories

MADD: Taking the Key’s Doesn’t Take Away the Risk

Credit madd.org/local-offices/tn/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging parents to talk with their children about underage drinking following the release of new data that says two-thirds of alcohol related teen deaths are not the result of traffic fatalities.

MADD has designated this Sunday “PowerTalk 21 Day:” a day for parents to have that long overdue conversation about underage drinking.

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12:19pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Top Stories

Suspicious Letter Sent to Pres. Obama Has Memphis Postmark

Credit fbi.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says suspicious letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.

The FBI says the substance in both letters have preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.

In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says the letters both say: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance." Both letters are signed, "I am KC and I approve this message.

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12:13pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Updated: Glitch Delays Antares Rocket Launch

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 8:06 pm

Antares ready for liftoff.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility NASA

Update at 6:21 p.m. ET. Launch Delayed:

Space.com reports that the Antares rocket launch has been delayed for two days, "after an unexpected glitch."

Space.com reports:

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12:12pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Science

Blood Spatter Expert to Speak at MTSU

Blood spatter expert Paulette Sutton.
Credit mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the nation’s foremost forensic blood-spatter experts is scheduled to make a presentation in the mid-state.

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome forensic specialist Paulette Sutton to the campus as the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Forensic Institute conference.

Sutton is a University of Tennessee grad who now consults on cases worldwide. She started her career as a crime lab technologist, but developed a fascination with blood-spatter while visiting crime scenes.

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11:56am

Wed April 17, 2013
U.S.

What Boston Means To America

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:20 pm

Faneuil Hall, in downtown Boston, was built in the 1740s.
Elise Amendola AP

As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.

This was brought home on April 15 — Tax Day, Patriots Day, Marathon Day — when two deadly bombs exploded on historic Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.

The tragic blasts occurred so close to the Boston Public Library that the building — home to the personal book collection of Founding Father John Adams — is included in the crime scene.

The bombs struck at the very heart of the heart of America.

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11:07am

Wed April 17, 2013
National Security

Guantanamo Bay, One Piece Of Torturous Puzzle?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, leading Republicans have been making news lately talking about outreach to African-Americans, Latinos, and LGBT voters, but what about women? They've also been trending Democrat for decades. We're going to speak with a diverse group of women writers and commentators about this. That's later in the program.

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10:55am

Wed April 17, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map Of America

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:31 pm

MIT Senseable City - "The Connected States of America"
MIT Senseable City Lab

Look at the center of this map, at the little red dot that marks Kansas City. Technically, Kansas City is at the edge of Missouri, but here on this map it's in the upper middle section of a bigger space with strong blue borders. We don't have a name for this bigger space yet, but soon we will.

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10:36am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Suspicious Letter Found; Was Sent To Obama

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 8:04 pm

A Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) truck outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Update at 8:44 p.m. ET. Authorities Make An Arrest:

Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the suspicious envelopes sent to a senator and President Obama.

The FBI identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis.

The The Clarion Ledger reports:

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