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1:28pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Legos Are Getting Angrier And That's Not Funny, Study Says

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 1:45 pm

Lego faces are more often looking like that guy on the left, researchers say.
Axel Heimken DPA/LANDOV

This is not from The Onion:

"The number of happy faces on Lego toy mini-figures is decreasing and the number of angry faces is increasing, a University of Canterbury robot expert says."

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12:38pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History

Sen. Tim Kaine.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

During Tuesday's debate on the Senate's immigration bill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the floor and launched into an almost 13-minute speech in support of the bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

That's not the news. The fact that Kaine delivered it in Spanish is, because it's the first time a senator has delivered a full speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English.

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12:25pm

Wed June 12, 2013
The Salt

Court To Monsanto: You Said You Won't Sue, So You Can't

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 12:33 pm

A farmer holds Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seeds at his family farm in Bunceton, Mo.
Dan Gill AP

A federal appeals court slapped down a quixotic legal campaign against Monsanto's biotech patents this week.

Organic farmers had gone to court to declare those patents invalid. The farmers, according to their lawyers, were "forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement" if their field became contaminated by Monsanto's genetically modified seed.

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11:53am

Wed June 12, 2013
Parallels

Iranian Women: New President Could Bring More Restrictions

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 1:00 pm

An Iranian woman walks past posters of presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, next to his campaign headquarters, in Tehran, Iran, on June 1. Many Iranian women are concerned about the erosion of their opportunities.
Vahid Salemi AP

As Iran prepares to hold a presidential election Friday, many women say that their limited gains have been rolled back by the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Since all of the presidential candidates have been officially approved by Iran's clerical leaders, women say most are conservative and would be likely to continue adopting policies that target the social and educational advances by women.

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11:39am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

50 Years Later, Medgar Evers' Widow Relives The Pain

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 12:12 pm

Keynote speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams at Wagner College's commencement ceremony on May 24.
Jan Somma-Hammel Staten Island Advance /Landov

As NPR's Debbie Elliott has reported for Morning Edition and on the Code Switch blog, "for Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the memories of 1963 are still raw."

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