2:41pm

Tue February 19, 2013
It's All Politics

McConnell Ad Spoofs 'Obama's Kentucky Candidate'

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 4:01 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with his first ad of the 2014 election cycle. It's a three-minute, Web-only spoof that pokes fun at President Obama and an array of Democrats who might challenge McConnell, the five-term Kentucky senator.

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2:13pm

Tue February 19, 2013
National Security

A Wounded Soldier Stands Tall At Reunion With His Platoon

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:18 pm

As part of homecoming ceremonies at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in January, Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries — with crutches and prosthetic legs — joins his unit in formation as the national anthem is played. The homecoming marked the first time Jeffries had seen his platoon since he lost both his legs in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan last October.
Florangela Davila for NPR

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries spent most of last year in Afghanistan, on dusty, hot patrols in the villages outside Kandahar. Last fall, on Oct. 6, his tour ended three months early.

"I was clearing an area and I had the metal detector. Then we had word that there was two guys coming toward our position," Jeffries recalled later that month.

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1:53pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:59 pm

Nita Farahany and Lee Silver argue against the motion "Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Samuel LaHoz
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What if, before your children were born, you could make sure they had the genes to be taller or smarter? Would that tempt you, or would you find it unnerving?

What if that genetic engineering would save a child from a rare disease?

As advancements in science bring these ideas closer to reality, a group of experts faced off two against two in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the proposition: "Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies."

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1:49pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Like Facebook, Apple Says It Was Attacked By Hackers

People walk past the Apple logo at the Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal in New York.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Apple said today that the computers of some of its employees were attacked by hackers, who used the same vulnerability to access computers at Facebook.

All Things D reports:

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1:18pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Planet Money

Why Buying A Car Never Changes

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 5:42 pm

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

"Buying a car sucks," Scott Painter says. "It's something that most consumers fear."

Back in the '90s, Painter started a company to try to change this. "The name of the company was Cars Direct," he says. "The mission was to sell cars directly."

Painter wanted his company to build virtual dealerships that would let people go online and buy cars. But after talking with a few car execs, he realized nobody would even consider his idea.

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1:17pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: First 'Unassisted' Backflip By A Car?

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:53 pm

Driver Guerlain Chicherit in his Mini Countryman, doing a backflip on Sunday in France.
Thierry Guillot Maxppp /Landov

Driving a modified Mini Cooper Countryman, French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit has successfully pulled off what's said to be the first "unassisted" backflip by a car.

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1:00pm

Tue February 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

British Man Dies From SARS-Like Virus In U.K. Hospital

Coronaviruses have a characteristic crown of tentacles when viewed under the electron microscope.
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The sixth person has died from a new kind of virus that causes symptoms similar to SARS, a hospital in the U.K. said in a statement Tuesday.

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12:50pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

A Chinese Army Outpost That's Tucked Into Modern Shanghai

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:44 pm

This 12-story building houses a Chinese military unit allegedly behind dozens of cyberattacks on U.S. and other Western companies. It's in a modern, if bland, part of Shanghai.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Some people in Shanghai — especially the foreigners — think the city's new Pudong section of town is dull, without character and profoundly unfashionable.

Twenty years ago, Pudong was mostly farms and warehouses. Today, it's home to those sleek glass-and-steel skyscrapers that have come to define the city's skyline in movies like Skyfall and Mission: Impossible III.

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12:34pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Crisis

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.
Fethi Belaid AFP/Getty Images

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation during a news conference today, the BBC reports.

Jebali resigned after days of protests erupted in the country. As we've reported, thousands of Tunisians took the streets to protest the assassination of Jebali's opponent.

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12:25pm

Tue February 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Gen. John Allen, Recent Top Commander In Afghanistan, Is Retiring

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:24 pm

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen in March 2012.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan until earlier this month and had been on track to be the top NATO commander in Europe, is retiring from the military.

The White House early Tuesday afternoon released a statement from President Obama that says, in part:

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