11:53am

Tue December 13, 2011
Weather Service Expects More Ice This Year

TDOT Says It's Ready for Winter Weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  Middle Tennessee can expect another difficult La Nina winter.

The National Weather Service outlook for December through February calls for warmer than normal temperatures, but wetter than usual conditions.

Nashville forecaster Bobby Boyd says that means more ice than usual.

"We may be looking at some icy conditions, perhaps a freezing rain or two. That doesn't mean we won't have any snow. We certainly will I'm sure, but I think we're going to be a little bit closer to more icy conditions at times."

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10:58am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Salt

Greeks Stomach Economic Crisis With Help Of 'Starvation Recipes'

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 2:53 pm

Historian and cookbook author Eleni Nikolaidou with her book Starvation Recipes. Recession-hit Greeks are fascinated with the book's World War II-era survival tips and recipes.
Thanassis Stavrakis ASSOCIATED PRESS

When Eleni Nikolaidou began studying the survival diets of World War II Greece a couple of years ago, she never expected to turn the research for her master's thesis into a cookbook.

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10:34am

Tue December 13, 2011
It's All Politics

New Poll Suggests Latino Voters See 'Hostile' GOP

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 3:07 pm

Nearly half of the Latino voters in a new survey said nominating Sen. Marco Rubio as a vice presidential candidate would have no effect on their votes.
Yuri Gripas Reuters /Landov

The overwhelming majority of Latino voters believe that the Republican Party ignores them or is outright "hostile," and that nominating Hispanic Sen. Marco Rubio as a vice presidential candidate might do little to change it, according to a national poll released Monday.

The December survey, conducted by impreMedia and the polling group Latino Decisions, is the first to test the popularity of the freshman senator from Florida with America's Hispanics.

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10:25am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

White House's 'Promise Kept' Iraq Timeline Starts On Jan. 20, 2009

"Promise Kept," it says on the landing page of the Iraq War interactive timeline posted by the White House today.
WhiteHouse.gov

A message from the White House on its Twitter page popped up a few minutes ago saying:

"After nearly 9 years of sacrifice, America's war in Iraq is coming to an end. Experience the interactive timeline: wh.gov/iraq"

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10:05am

Tue December 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Dirty Little Secret: Almost Nobody Cleans Contacts Properly

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 10:06 am

Odds are that's a nasty dirty lens.
Marek Brzezinski iStockPhoto.com

People who wear contact lenses say they're diligent about keeping them clean. But press them for details, and it turns out that hardly anyone is doing it the right way.

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9:54am

Tue December 13, 2011
Technology

The Technology Helping Repressive Regimes Spy

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 4:43 pm

Software allows repressive governments to track and monitor the movements of dissidents.
iStockphoto.com

As protesters in the Middle East use social media to organize and communicate, the regimes they're battling are using sophisticated technology to intercept their emails, text messages and cellphone calls.

On Wednesday's Fresh Air, journalist Ben Elgin talks about a Bloomberg News series, "Wired for Repression," which details how Western companies are selling surveillance technology to regimes including Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia.

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9:25am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

One Man Blamed In Grenade, Gun Attack That Kills Several In Belgium

Rescuers evacuate injured people in Liege, Belgium, today, after a grenade and gun attack that killed at least three and injured dozens.
Reuters /Landov

Authorities now say a lone attacker who had recently been in prison on weapons and drug charges appears to have been responsible for a harrowing grenade and gun attack today in Liege, Belgium.

As of now, it's being reported that the attacker killed three people and wounded more than 60 before taking his own life.

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8:40am

Tue December 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Buildings Design Sparks Anger Over 9/11 Similarity

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 11:48 am

An artist's rendering provided by Dutch architectural company MVRDV of its design for two skyscrapers in Seoul.
AP

A Dutch architectural firm says its designers didn't see the resemblance.

But many, many others certainly do think the two buildings — linked by a "cloud" of skybridges — that MVRDV has proposed for a project in Seoul look very much like the haunting images of the World Trade Center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, after they were hit by high-jacked passenger planes.

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8:26am

Tue December 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Insurers Often Don't Pay For Teen Weight-Loss Surgery

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 10:12 am

iStockphoto.com

Weight-loss surgery for morbidly obese teenagers is getting some traction, when diets and exercise fail.

Getting the procedure paid for is another matter, since many insurers and employers are still wary of covering it for children. The surgery costs upwards of $20,000, and it's still being evaluated to determine which adolescents would benefit most from it.

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8:00am

Tue December 13, 2011
World

Captured Drone May Have Limited Benefit For Iran

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:12 am

This photo released by Iran's Revolutionary Guards purports to show the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone that went down earlier this month in Iran.
Sepahnews AP

Iranian officials have crowed they are mining "priceless technological information" from a CIA spy drone that went down days ago inside Iran's borders, broadcasting triumphant images of what they said was the craft on state TV.

But many experts say the loss of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone — like the U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 — may have more value as propaganda than as a treasure trove of technological secrets.

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