8:34am

Tue November 20, 2012
Business

Apply by December 1 to be Considered for Top MTSU Scholarships

For high school seniors planning to attend MTSU in the 2013-14 academic year and wanting first priority for freshman academic scholarships, the deadline to apply is Saturday, Dec. 1.


Completed applications must be postmarked Dec. 1 or delivered to the Office of Admissions by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, said Melinda Thomas, MTSU director of recruiting.

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8:24am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Charges Filed Against Murdoch Editors Accused Of Paying Officials For Information

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:45 am

Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

British officials today filed more charges against former top editors at some of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K., this time for allegedly paying nearly $160,000 to a ministry of defense official to get information.

That information allegedly included the "Green Book" that lists phone numbers and other contact details for members of Britain's royal family.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, those charged are:

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7:39am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

HP Takes $8.8 Billion Hit From 'Misrepresentations' By Company It Bought

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:23 am

At Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Saying it was a victim of "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations" by a British software company it acquired last year, tech titan Hewlett-Packard just announced it erased $8.8 billion from its books last quarter to properly account for the acquisition.

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7:06am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Britain Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Rubble litters the street in the main souk or market area of Maraat al-Numan, Syria.
John Cantlie AFP/Getty Images

Calling it the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that the U.K. is officially recognizing the Syrian National Coalition, Reuters reports.

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6:51am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Cleared By Pakistani Court

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:34 am

Rimsha Masih (left) was flown by military helicopter to a safe location after her release on bail in September. Now, she's been cleared of a blasphemy charge.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Rimsha Masih, the young Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest earlier this year drew international attention, has been cleared of the blasphemy charge against her.

According to NPR's Jackie Northam, who is in Islamabad, Pakistan's High Court today threw out the charge against Rimsha because there was no hard evidence that she ever burned pages of the Quran, as neighbors had charged.

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6:21am

Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

With Clinton In The Region, Israel, Hamas Continue To Trade Fire

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 8:53 am

Palestinians react after they checked the body of their family member killed in an Israeli air strike, at Al-Adwan Hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday.
Chen Xu Xinhua /Landov

(We rewrote the top of this post at 6:55 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)

Diplomatic efforts accelerated and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region on Tuesday, but despite the buildup, despite the rumors of imminent peace, there was no cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

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2:28am

Tue November 20, 2012
Space

Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:11 pm

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity dug up five scoops of sand from a patch nicknamed "Rocknest." A suite of instruments called SAM analyzed Martian soil samples, but the findings have not yet been released.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.

They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

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2:25am

Tue November 20, 2012
Law

Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 3:54 pm

A worker inspects a marijuana plant at a grow house in Denver on Nov. 8.
Ed Andrieski AP

The Justice Department has a big decision to make.

Parts of new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana will take effect early next month. The Obama administration needs to choose whether it will sue to stop the legislation or let those states go their own way — even though the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says the message he got from voters is unambiguous.

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2:20am

Tue November 20, 2012
Business

Tempted By Holiday Discounts, Consumers 'Self-Gift'

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:23 am

People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store Nov. 25, 2011, in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Have you ever been out shopping for other people during the holiday season, and the sales were so good you couldn't help but buy something for yourself?

The National Retail Federation calls that self-gifting, and says that this year consumers who do it plan to spend an average of about $140.

Spokeswoman Kathy Grannis says that's the most in the 10 years the NRF has been asking shoppers about the trend.

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5:55pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

In Seattle, 'Rainiest Day Of The Year' Defends Its Title

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 9:48 am

Parking attendants search for a clogged drain in Seattle Monday. Pacific storms are rolling across the Northwest, according to the National Weather Service.
Elaine Thompson AP

It's Rain Day in Seattle — or at least that's what the city should consider calling November 19. As KOMO-TV reports, Nov. 19 "is statistically the most likely day to have rain in Seattle," with wet weather hitting the city on 89 out of the past 120 years, including today's deluge.

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