2:22pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Shots - Health News

Georgia Immigration Law Trips Up Doctors And Nurses

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 6:39 am

Workers in the Georgia secretary of state's office have fallen behind on licensing applications for nurses.
Jim Burress WABE

Hundreds of health care workers in Georgia are losing their licenses to practice because of a problem created by a new immigration law in the state.

The law requires everyone — no matter where they were born — to prove their citizenship or legal residency to renew their professional licenses.

With too few state workers to process the extra paperwork, licenses for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals are expiring.

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2:06pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Afghanistan

Afghans Brace For U.S. Departure In 2014

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 4:47 pm

Afghan villagers look at a translator as U.S. soldiers tend to an injured local Afghan man, who was shot for being suspected of planting a roadside bomb in Genrandai village at Panjwai district, Kandahar, on Sept. 24.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

Uncertainty is gripping Afghanistan as the clock ticks toward the withdrawal of NATO combat troops by the end of 2014.

People and money are leaving the country. Housing prices are falling. Construction is slowing down. Many Afghans are trying to be hopeful, but even the most optimistic admit that a number of troubling variables could determine what post-2014 Afghanistan looks like.

The Panjshir Valley, some 60 miles north of Kabul, is one of the most scenic places in Afghanistan. The Panjshir River winds its way through barren mountains.

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2:05pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Education

Firestorm Erupts Over Virginia's Education Goals

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 4:47 pm

As part of Virginia's waiver to opt out of mandates set out in the No Child Left Behind law, the state has created a controversial new set of education goals that are higher for white and Asian kids than for blacks, Latinos and students with disabilities.

Virginia Democratic state Sen. Donald McEachin first read about the state's new performance goals for schoolchildren in a newspaper editorial.

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1:58pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Record

Iran To Israel And Back To Iran: Rita's Music Goes Home

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:12 am

Rita reimagined classic Persian songs for her latest album, My Joys.
Courtesy of Fistuk Artists

1:29pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Abbie Evans, Who Cried About 'Bronco Bamma,' Seems Happy With His Win

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:45 am

Abigael Evans, looking happier after the election.
Elizabeth Evans video on YouTube

All is well, it seems, with 4-year-old Abigael Evans of Fort Collins, Colo.

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1:16pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Politics

MTSU Poll: Gov. Haslam Gets High Marks from Voters

Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
Credit State of Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Following the bruising political battles of the just completed election season, some surprising findings are out today concerning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Pollsters at Middle Tennessee State University continue to release results gleaned from their October phone survey of 650 state residents.

The latest numbers indicate that Governor Haslam, a Republican, has high job approval ratings right across the political spectrum.

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12:41pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

By 2020, United States Will Become World's Leading Oil Producer, Says IEA

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 8:51 pm

Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick outside Williston, N.D., in July 2011. North Dakota is now the No. 2 producer of oil in the U.S. behind Texas.
Gregory Bull AP

By 2020, the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia to become the world's leading oil producer, the International Energy Agency says in a new report.

At the moment, the United States imports 20 percent of its energy. So this prediction is bold and points to "a dramatic reversal" for the U.S.

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11:54am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Voice Of Elmo On Leave To Confront 'Unsubstantiated' Allegations

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 4:46 pm

Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Update on Nov. 13 at 5:43 p.m. ET. The man who accused Kevin Clash of having sex with him while he was underage has recanted his testimony. We've added a separate blog with the details.

Our Original Post Continues:

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11:26am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Cuts Formal Ties With Livestrong Charity

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

The fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal continues: Today, Livestrong announced the cyclist had cut all formal ties with the cancer charity.

AP reports:

"Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had previously resigned as chairman from the charity he founded Oct. 17 but had kept a seat on the board. ...

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11:00am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Second Term

What Progressives Like Van Jones Want In Next Term

Van Jones has become a leading voice on the progressive left. That only happened after a short stint as the Obama administration's Green Jobs czar. Jones is now the co-founder of the policy group, Rebuild the Dream. He talks with host Michel Martin about what progressives should expect — and demand — in a second Obama term.

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