2:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

You're Fired, Trump Tells Himself; He Won't Be Moderating Any Debate

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:59 pm

Donald Trump on the FOX & Friends set last week.
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He'd hinted that this might happen.

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1:58pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Research News

No 'God Particle' Yet, But Scientists Say Stay Tuned

This image, from a sensor at the particle accelerator at CERN, is an example of the data signature a Higgs particle might generate. Researchers will spend into 2012 sifting through data in an attempt to find the Higgs.
CERN

Physicists have a grand theory that describes how tiny particles interact to form all the stuff we see in the universe — everything from planets to toasters to human beings.

But there is one particle predicted by this theory that has never been detected in experiments. It's called the Higgs boson. Scientists are dying to know if it really exists — and now researchers are closer to finding out than ever before.

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1:44pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Facebook Aims To Prevent Suicides With Online Help

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If you're considering suicide, Facebook now stands ready to get you some help.

The gigantic social-networking site said Tuesday that if any of its 800 million users type a post saying they are contemplating suicide, the site will offer to connect them to a crisis counselor through the site's chat system.

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1:37pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Analysis: Gingrich's Tax Plan Would Benefit The Rich

Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, seen here during Saturday's ABC debate, is currently leading in GOP polls. His tax plan would introduce a 15 percent flat income tax.
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According to many polls, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now leading the Republican pack. His plan to rewrite the nation's tax policy hasn't gotten as much attention as some of his other proposals, but, according to a new analysis, it would require sweeping changes to the government.

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1:25pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Fed: Economy 'Expanding Moderately,' Policy Unchanged

Signs suggest "that the economy has been expanding moderately" in recent months, "notwithstanding some apparent slowing in global growth," Federal Reserve Policymakers just reported.

And, as expected, they announced no policy changes that would either add or subtract to the amount of help the central bank gives the economy.

In "Fed speak":

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1:15pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

The Buck Stops: Treasury Suspends Production Of Presidential Dollars

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 3:05 pm

The $1 George Washington coin.
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Saying it can save taxpayers $50 million a year, the Treasury Department announced today that it is suspending almost all production of presidential dollar coins.

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12:59pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Death Toll Rises In Syria, Adding To U.N. Estimate Of 5,000 Killed So Far

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 1:40 pm

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows Syrian mourners carrying the coffin of a woman who was reportedly killed in the al-Hula region of central Homs province on December 12, 2011.
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One day after the United Nations said that more than 5,000 people have died in nine months of protests and clashes against the Syrian government, the AP quotes activists saying that at least 28 more people died Tuesday at the hands of Syrian security forces.

Fighting between the government and the opposition was heaviest along the country's northwestern border with Turkey.

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12:40pm

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Robocalls To Cellphones? States Marshal Opposition

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 1:51 pm

"No, I don't want to renew my subscription." What if they could reach you anywhere?
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A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones if consumers have given companies their numbers doesn't have many sponsors and wouldn't seem to be the kind of legislation that would stand much of a chance of passing when an election year looms.

But it's getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition.

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12:26pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Governor Says Leave Decision to Local Government

Haslam Out of Step with GOP on "Living Wage" Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he wants to leave it up to local governments to decide whether to set their own wage requirements for contractors.

Haslam's stance puts him at odds with some fellow Republicans in the State General Assembly.

Two Republican legislators have announced plans to submit a measure that would ban higher wage requirements set by local governments and repeal those standards already enacted.

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12:19pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Event Helps Mark Civil War's 150th Anniversary

Emancipation Proclamation Coming to Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) – Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will be traveling to Tennessee in 2013.

The document, signed by President Lincoln in 1863, will be on display at the Tennessee State Museum for just six days. It’s all part of Tennessee’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

Confederate apologists often note that Lincoln’s proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy.  State Museum Chief Curator Dan Pomeroy says Lincoln actually had few other options.

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