4:04pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Votes To Give Palestinians 'Non-Member Observer State' Status

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:40 am

Palestinians in Ramallah celebrated in advance of the U.N. vote.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution upgrading Palestine to a "non-member observer state," from a "non-member observer entity."

Before the vote and in front of the assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said this was the body's "last chance to save the two-state solution."

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3:46pm

Thu November 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama And Romney Have Lunch, Agree To 'Stay In Touch'

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:57 pm

President Obama and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands in the Oval Office after their lunch Thursday at the White House.
Pete Souza/White House Photo UPI/Landov

It was an off-the-record lunch and a photo op for the official White House photographer only. But it was a start.

President Obama hosted his recently ousted rival, Mitt Romney, for their first post-election meeting Thursday at the White House, a lunch of turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

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3:10pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Salt

Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks To A Boom In Greenhouse Growing

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 7:36 am

The taste of Mock's tomatoes starts with the seed. He uses only organic varieties, including cherry and several heirloom varieties.
Allison Aubrey NPR

It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if you happen to live in a cold climate.

But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are going indoors to produce tomatoes and other veggies in demand during the winter months. "There's a huge increase in greenhouse operations," Harry Klee of the University of Florida tells us.

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2:54pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

Clinton Reveals Blueprint For An 'AIDS-Free Generation'

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:52 am

United Nations Aids Executive Director Michel Sibide hugs Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after they they presented the a road map for stopping HIV around the world.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Before Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton passes the reins to her successor, she's got a few loose ends to tie up. One of them is mapping out the U.S.'s continuing efforts to combat AIDS around the world.

So today she unveiled a "blueprint" for what she called an "AIDS-free generation."

Now Clinton isn't talking about ending the HIV pandemic altogether. Rather, she hopes to prevent most new infections from occurring in the first place and to stop HIV-positive people from developing AIDS.

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1:59pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Former NBC Chief Jeff Zucker Taking Over At CNN

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:56 pm

Jeff Zucker, who's going to CNN.
Robert Pitts Landov

"Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January," CNN confirmed earlier today.

The Associated Press writes that:

"Zucker will be based in New York and report to Phil Kent, who runs all of the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner.

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1:06pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Does Anybody Have More Fun Than Joe Biden? Check These Photos

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:46 pm

"No, this really is Joe Biden!" (He borrowed a Costco employee's phone to say hello to someone.)
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Yes, he talked about the negotiations over taxes and spending cuts. Yes, it was a holiday photo op. But what really struck us about Vice President Joe Biden's this morning to Washington, D.C.'s first Costco store was how, once again, he just seems to have so much fun.

We think a picture gallery is in order.

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1:05pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Space

Space Probe Finds Ice In Mercury's Craters

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Researchers say they have identified traces of ice in craters on Mercury, seen here in this Oct. 8, 2008, image from the Messenger spacecraft.
NASA

Mercury is not the first planet to come to mind if you were searching for ice in the solar system. After all, the surface temperature across most of the planet is hot enough to melt lead.

But at the poles on Mercury it's a different story. Almost no sun reaches the poles, and as a result, temperatures can drop to less than -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, three papers in the journal Science suggest there really is ice at the bottom of craters near the poles on Mercury.

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12:44pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Ambassador Susan Rice Is Financially Tied To Keystone Pipeline Company

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:47 pm

Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in August.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has been the subject of much criticism from the GOP.

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12:14pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Top Stories

Help for Those Grieving During the Holidays

Credit alivehospice.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The holiday season is supposed to be a happy time, but it can be difficult for those who’ve lost a loved one.

Alive Hospice is offering grief seminars in Nashville and in Murfreesboro the evening of December 6 for anyone struggling with loss.

Grief Counselor Pam Quaintance says there’s no expiration date when it comes to grief.

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11:57am

Thu November 29, 2012
Top Stories

Governor Told Fiscal-Cliff Fall Will Hurt Tennessee Badly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee will be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dr. Stan Chervin updated Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials yesterday, saying states that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended.

Chervin is a senior research consultant with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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