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Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 10:39 am

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
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American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Tue November 29, 2011
The Two-Way

'Massive' Turnout Continues In Egypt On Second Day Of Voting

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 6:18 am

Votes piled up inside a ballot box at a polling station in Old Cairo earlier today (Nov. 29, 2011).
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A second day of voting is underway in Egypt's parliamentary elections, with turnout being described as "massive and unexpected" and things moving along peacefully, The Associated Press and NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro report from Cairo.

According to the wire service:

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Tue November 29, 2011

Following Digital Breadcrumbs To 'Big Data' Gold

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:16 am

Big data is huge in both scope and power.
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First of a two-part report

What do Facebook, Groupon and biotech firm Human Genome Sciences have in common? They all rely on massive amounts of data to design their products. Terabytes and even zettabytes of information about consumers or about genetic sequences can be harnessed and crunched.

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Tue November 29, 2011
Election 2012

Romney On Immigration: Sorting Through The Record

Some of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's rivals argue that his statements on immigration have been inconsistent.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been unofficially running for president for the better part of five years, and in that time, he has been asked about immigration over and over again. Now some of his rivals are arguing that his answers to the question have been inconsistent. And the issue blew up last week at a CNN debate on national security.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said someone who has lived peacefully in the United States for many years with a family, a community and a job should have an opportunity to become a legal permanent resident.

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Mon November 28, 2011
National Security

Drone Pilots: The Future Of Aerial Warfare

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:16 am

Unmanned aerial vehicles, like this Predator (shown here in 2009 during training at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev.), make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. Air Force.
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To understand how important remotely piloted aircraft are to the U.S. military, consider this: The U.S. Air Force says this year it will train more drone pilots than fighter and bomber pilots combined.

And that's changing the nature of aerial warfare — and the pilots who wage it.

Steve, a lieutenant colonel, grew up wanting to be in the Air Force. And that meant one thing: wanting to be a pilot.

To him, flying is physical: the pull of gravity, the sounds inside the cockpit.

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