12:32pm

Mon June 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Facebook's Growth: A Tale Of Two Headlines

Are its days of "wild user growth" over, or is Facebook "eating the world"?
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

I love this. Here is a headline today at The Wall Street Journal's online edition: "Days of Wild User Growth Appear Over at Facebook."

And over at The Next Web: "Facebook is eating the world, except for China and Russia."

And the best part is the two sites really are telling the same story.

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12:10pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Top Stories

Study on Tennessee Teacher Eval's Released Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A new study calls for the majority of Tennessee’s teachers to be evaluated each year using less student test score data.

The report released Monday by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, was commissioned by Gov. Bill Haslam to review the state's controversial new teacher evaluation system.

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12:10pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

NATO Adds Limits To Airstrikes On Afghan Homes

In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 file photo, Afghan villagers gather near a house destroyed in an apparent NATO raid in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Ihsanullah Majroh AP

The senior allied commander in Afghanistan says airstrikes to residential homes in Afghanistan will be used only in cases of "last resort to rescue soldiers," the AP reports.

The new rules, issed by Gen. John R. Allen and announced by alliance spokespeople, come in response to a NATO attack last week that Afghans said killed 18 civilians.

The AP reports:

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11:45am

Mon June 11, 2012
Top Stories

Tenn. Tea Party Too Divided to Have Much Impact?

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee's tea party activists hope to expand their influence with the fall election, but the movement's various groups may be too divided to have much impact.

The Tennessean reports tea party groups hope to pick off a few members of the state legislature, with the idea of reshaping its leadership. But the groups have not agreed to which members to go after. Nor have they settled on a slate of candidates to support.

The situation in Tennessee may also indicate a broader problem for the tea party movement.

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11:42am

Mon June 11, 2012
Top Stories

MTSU Making Efforts to Increase Graduation Rate

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is making efforts to increase its graduation rate. Just over half its students are currently completing college within six years.

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 53 percent of MTSU students who began in fall 2004 graduated by 2010. That was fourth best among the state's four-year public universities. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was tops with 67 percent. Tennessee Tech had a 55 percent graduation rate, and UT-Martin's rate was 54 percent.

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11:19am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Prosecutor Says Sandusky Cultivated Boys, Defense Calls Case Flimsy

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 2:53 pm

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky as he arrived at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., this morning.
Gene J. Puskar AP

In his opening statement at the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky this morning, the prosecutor accused Sandusky of "cultivating" young boys over many years for his alleged "serial predatory behavior," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

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10:48am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Negotiators Will Leave Pakistan Without Deal To Reopen Supply Route

The United States is pulling a team of negotiators from Pakistan and they will be leaving without securing a deal to reopen an important military supply line into Afghanistan.

Reuters reports:

"'I believe that some of the team left over the weekend and the remainder of the team will leave shortly,' George Little, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. 'This was a U.S. decision.'"

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10:05am

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Violent Crime Down Fifth Year, FBI Says

There was a 4 percent drop in the number of violent crimes reported in the U.S. last year vs. 2010, the FBI reports. It's the fifth straight year of declines, according to FBI records.

In its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, the FBI says that data collected from 14,009 law enforcement agencies indicate that:

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9:56am

Mon June 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Why It's Good To Be The Incumbent

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 12:33 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry debates President George W. Bush on Oct. 13, 2004. Bush later won re-election.
Rick T. Wilking AP

Two political tried-and-truisms: Sitting presidents are hard to unseat, and history repeats itself.

To the first point: In the past 10 presidential elections with incumbent candidates, the incumbents have won seven times. The only incumbent losers were Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992.

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9:44am

Mon June 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Hey Celebs, Are You Lonesome Tonight? Siri's Gotcha

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 12:44 pm

Zooey Deschanel appears in an iPhone 4S Siri commercial.
Apple.com

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