7:58am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

If E.T. Comes Calling, Americans Favor Obama Over Romney To Handle Things

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:00 am

In the 1996 20th Century Fox film Independence Day, the White House did not fare well.
AFP/Getty Images

This comes from National Geographic, not The National Enquirer:

"Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans think [President] Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion."

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7:40am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip Only Slightly; First-Quarter GDP Estimate Unchanged

Two fresh bits of economic data, neither of which change the picture much if at all:

-- The Employment and Training Administration says there were 386,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before. But it also revised up that previous week's estimate, from the initial report of 387,000.

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7:21am

Thu June 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Waiting Almost Over For High Court Decision On Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 8:45 am

The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court this morning: lights, camera and soon action.
Scott Hensley NPR

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court early this morning, there were some tired faces, quite a few smiles and the vibe you sometimes feel when a pack of marathoners is nearing the finish line.

Everyone's tired, but there's a sense of anticipation that the long legal slog is almost over.

Three months after historic arguments before the high court over the constitutionality of the administration's sweeping health care law, we're about to find out if it will hold up.

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7:03am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

News Corp. Confirms Split; Rupert Murdoch Will Chair Both Companies

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., with one of his company's British tabloids.
Arthur Edwards News International/Getty Images

Saying that the move will create two companies, one a "world-class" publisher and the other an "unmatched global media and entertainment" giant, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. just confirmed it is planning to separate into two distinct units.

Murdoch, a legend in the news and entertainment businesses whose TV ventures include Fox News Channel, will "serve as chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment company," the company added.

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6:42am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

JPMorgan's Losses 'May Reach $9 Billion'

JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

6:21am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Two-Way

'Hell In The Rearview Mirror' As Coloradoans Flee Wildfires

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:27 pm

Mikke Carlson took photos of the smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire while wearing a gas mask on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chris Schneider Getty Images

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET. Our Latest Headline:

Good News: 'Great Progress' Reported In Fighting Colorado Springs Fire.

Our original post:

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Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

2:25am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Salt

Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:47 pm

Barbara and Norman Roux stand in front of cattle pens on their farm outside of Moundridge, Kan., where she has raised cattle for nearly 70 years.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a handful of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.

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2:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Asia

Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

Anti-nuclear activists in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, June 22. Some 20,000 demonstrators protested against the Japanese government's decision to restart two idle nuclear reactors in western Japan, ending a brief period without any nuclear power generation.
Rie Ishii AFP/Getty Images

After taking all 50 of its nuclear reactors offline following a devastating accident last year, Japan is planning to restart the first of two of them in western Fukui prefecture as early as Sunday.

The catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in March 2011 forced Japan to scale back plans to aggressively expand its nuclear energy sector. But the highly controversial move to restart the two reactors on the other side of the country is a sign that the nuclear power lobby isn't throwing in the towel yet.

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2:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Middle East

In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 7:25 pm

People walk through Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 28. The merchants of this landmark bazaar were once ardent supporters of President Bashar Assad. That's no longer the case.
Bassem Tellawi AP

In Syria's capital, Damascus, the Hamidiyah souk is a landmark — a centuries-old covered market linked to a maze of alleyways in the heart of the capital. Over the 15-month uprising, Syria's merchants have supported the regime of President Bashar Assad. But that support is crumbling.

Shops selling everything from cold drinks, ice cream and spices to wedding dresses and electric guitars line Hamidiyah's cobblestone streets.

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