3:59pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Alleged Calif. Gunman's Fate Unclear After Fire At Cabin

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:55 am

Police patrol a road block on Highway 38 into the Big Bear area where a shoot-out with suspected fugitive Christopher Dorner resulted in the death of one deputy in Angelus Oaks, Calif., on Tuesday.
Michael Nelson EPA/LANDOV

(This post was last updated at 11:13 p.m. ET.)

The Los Angeles Police Department has rejected news reports that a body was discovered at a mountain cabin in California's Big Bear area where the fugitive accused of killing four people had engaged law enforcement in a hours-long standoff.

"Any reports of a body being found are not true," Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a news conference Tuesday night.

He said the cabin was still too hot to enter.

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3:32pm

Tue February 12, 2013
It's All Politics

The History Lessons Obama Hopes We'll Learn

President Obama began last year's State of the Union address by recognizing recently returned Iraq War veterans, adding: "At the end of World War II, when another generation of heroes returned home from combat, they built the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known." Expect more historical references in Obama's Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress.
Evan Vucci AP

Sometimes the best way to advance an argument is by looking back.

President Obama's second inaugural address was filled with historical allusions. His State of the Union address on Tuesday, which will lay out a long list of agenda items for the year and his second term, is likely to employ fewer references to the past.

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3:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Asia

Did North Korea Test A 'Miniature' Nuclear Bomb?

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:19 pm

An official with the Korea Meteorological Administration shows a seismic image of a tremor caused by North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul on Tuesday.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test is much more powerful than the previous two, according to estimates made by instruments that measure seismic waves from the blast. It's about the size of the bomb that devastated Hiroshima in World War II.

But it's not so easy to verify the claim that the nuclear explosive has also been miniaturized. That's a critical claim because a small warhead would be essential if the rogue regime chose to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Big bombs are easier to make, but they aren't all that useful as a threat.

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3:02pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Salt

What To Serve At A State Of The Union Party: 'Sour Grapes And Whine'

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 4:20 pm

For your State of the Union address nibbling pleasure, how about some American cheese?
Courtesy of Esteban Pulido

Plenty of people are ready to offer advice on noshing options when it comes to the Super Bowl. But what do you serve when the occasion for gathering in front of our screens is President Obama's State of the Union address?

When NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro posed that question to his 125,000 Facebook followers earlier Tuesday, plenty of people jumped at the chance to toss off a bon mot.* Among our favorites:

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2:55pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Street Parade Of Life:' Mardi Gras Rolls On Despite Rain Threat

A reveler shows off his mask during the Krewe of Okeanos parade in New Orleans on Feb. 10, 2013.
Gerald Herbert AP

There was a threat of rain in New Orleans, today. But revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds.

In fact, as The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, "this weather actually is perfect" was a refrain repeated over and over:

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2:27pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rosa Parks Statue, Capitol's First Of African-American Woman, To Be Dedicated

Rosa Parks in June 1999, when she was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.
William Philpott Reuters /Landov

The late civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who broke racial barriers in 1955 when she would not move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., will be posthumously part of another barrier-breaking moment on Feb. 27.

The office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Tuesday that a statue of Parks will be dedicated that day in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

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2:14pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Esquire Story On Bin Laden 'Shooter' Sparks Debate About Veterans' Benefits

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:15 pm

Young Pakistani boys play near demolition works while Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan is demolished.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

With an excerpt of a 15,000 word story on the SEAL who allegedly killed Osama bin Laden, Esquire magazine has sparked a whole lot of debate on the kinds of benefits afforded to military veterans.

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2:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:19 pm

This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
The PING Project

If you love to talk about the weather — or want to help collect information about it — a new smartphone app may be for you.

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1:57pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

'Heart Attack Grill' Greeter Dies After Heart Attack

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:22 pm

One of the Heart Attack Grill's "triple bypass" burgers.
Matt York AP

Two customers' collapses last year didn't seem to faze fans of Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill.

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1:31pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Syrian Rebels Take Air Base, Dam In Northern Syria

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:41 pm

Syrian rebels say they captured an important military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday. Here, rebels sit behind an anti-aircraft weapon in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday.
Abdullah al-Yassin AP

After weeks of relatively little movement in the Syrian war, rebel forces have claimed two significant advances in northern Syria in the past two days.

They said they seized the military's Jarrah air base on Tuesday in the northern province of Aleppo after days of clashes with government troops.

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