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11:26 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Israel, Hamas Battle Becomes A Twitter War

Palestinians try to extinguish fire following an Israeli air strike on Wednesday in Gaza City.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:22 am

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Arts & Life
11:08 am
Thu November 15, 2012

BP's $4 Billion Criminal Penalty: Who Gets The Money?

July 2010: Two pelicans sit on booms protecting Queen Bess Island, La., from oil that spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:37 pm

(We updated this post with more details at 2:25 p.m. ET. Scroll down to see them.)

Now that BP has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties for misconducted related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill, there's a logical question:

Where does the money go?

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Arts & Life
10:53 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Twitter Chat: States Face Deadline On Health Insurance Exchanges

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday. He has refused to tip his hand on whether New Jersey will set up a federally mandated health insurance exchange or let the federal government handle the chores.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 7:24 pm

Update 8:20 p.m: Late Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extended the deadline until Dec. 14 for states to decide whether to run an exchange on their own.


Come Friday, states will have to decide whether they will run their own insurance exchanges under President Obama's sweeping health law.

These exchanges will be where people and small businesses go to shop for insurance.

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Arts & Life
10:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

New Syrian Opposition Group Gets Thumbs-Up From Facebook Users

Moaz al-Khatib, a Muslim cleric, is the leader of the newly formed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition. The opposition is working to build support inside Syria through Facebook and other social media.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 12:02 pm

Facebook is the bulletin board for the Syrian revolt.

When a newly formed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, got some 18,000 "likes" within 48 hours, it was a sign that support is building for a group formed Sunday after a week of negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

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Arts & Life
9:43 am
Thu November 15, 2012

A Peek Inside Rappers' Brains Shows Roots Of Improvisation

Some rappers have an impressive ability to make up lyrics on the fly, in a style known as freestyle rap.

These performers have a lot in common with jazz musicians, it turns out.

Scientists have found artists in both genres are using their brains in similar ways when they improvise.

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Arts & Life
9:41 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Update: United Airlines Says It's Back In Operation

United Airlines jets in San Francisco earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 10:08 am

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: "Our system is up. We're resuming operations for affected flights," United Airlines says. There's no word yet on how long it will take to get everyone where they need to go.

Our original post:

If you're headed to the airport and planning to fly on United today, be aware:

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Arts & Life
6:26 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Ala. Theaters Mark Anniversary of "Mockingbird"

Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) talking with his daughter, Scout (played by Mary Badham).
Credit rantery.awardspace.com

Turner Classic Movies is marking the 50th anniversary of the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" with special screenings around the country, including eight in Alabama.


TCM says the classic film will be shown Thursday night at the Rave theaters in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Montgomery and Daphne; the Regal theaters in Trussville and Huntsville, and the Cobb theaters in Tuscaloosa and Gulf Shores.

State tourism director Lee Sentell said he expects many students to attend because Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is widely assigned in Alabama schools.

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Arts & Life
12:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Letters of Convicted Ala Church Bomber Now Open

Letter from Robert
Credit blog.al.com

Birmingham's public library has a new resource about the city's civil rights history: Letters written from prison by one of three Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a deadly church bombing that killed four black girls.

The library obtained the letters written to and by Robert Chambliss and opened them for public use on Wednesday, the 35th anniversary of his trial.

Archives director Jim Baggett says Chambliss never admits any wrongdoing in the letters.

A retired agent says the FBI obtained the letters from a niece of Chambliss and gave them to the library.

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Arts & Life
8:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ala. Governor to Again Pardon Clyde the Turkey

The Bates Family Farm in Greenville donates Clyde the Turkey.
Credit Bates House of Turkey

Clyde the Turkey will live to see another day.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will continue a decades-old Alabama tradition Wednesday when he pardons Clyde the turkey.

First Lady Dianne Bentley will join the governor at noon for the pardoning ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery. The governor and first lady will reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving during the ceremony,

The turkey comes from the Bates Family Farm, which provides turkeys for the Bates House of Turkey restaurant in Greenville.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Arts & Life
9:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:06 am

Czars.

It was fun to call American sports commissioners czars, but once players started to have unions, a commissioner really became more like a majority leader in a legislature, trying to keep his party — the owners — together in their financial battles against the minority opposition, the athletes.

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4:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Man Who Made Accusations Against Elmo Puppeteer Recants

Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

The man who accused the voice of Elmo of having sex with him while he was underage has recanted his allegations.

According to The New York Times, which broke the story, the law firm representing the man said he and Kevin Clash had a sexual relationship but it "was an adult consensual relationship."

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4:16 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

For The Military, A Possible Fall From Grace

Soldiers of the U.S. Army V Corps conduct a color casing ceremony to mark the departure of V Corps headquarters from Europe on May 10, 2012, at the U.S. Army base in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Ralph Orlowski Getty Images

Although the story so far is of a personal failing, it's possible that the widening sex scandal surrounding retired Gen. David Petraeus will begin to affect the military's reputation as a whole.

"David Petraeus suddenly falling that far off that high a pedestal is feeding into the question: Have we been giving these guys too much of a pass?" says Barbara Bodine, who teaches public affairs at Princeton University.

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4:15 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Petraeus Scandal Raises Concerns About Email Privacy

David Petraeus, then-CIA director, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in January. Petraeus resigned Friday after acknowledging an extramarital affair.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 9:44 am

The FBI review of sensitive email messages between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell has been raising big questions about Big Brother.

One of them: When can federal law enforcement review a person's private communications?

To Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, the real scandal over the Petraeus affair is not the extramarital sex, but the invasion of privacy.

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Arts & Life
4:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Turkey Tips From Alton Brown: Don't Baste Or Stuff

A cooked turkey.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 1:02 pm

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3:26 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Legalizing And Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry

On Election Day, residents in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Above, marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center in Los Angeles.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 3:53 pm

When reporter Tony Dokoupil was a teenager, he found out that his father had sold marijuana, but he just thought his parents "were hippies." A few years ago, while working on a story about his father's drug dealer past, he discovered that actually, in the 1970s and '80s, his father, Anthony Dokoupil, had been a big-time marijuana smuggler.

"He was arrested in the early '90s on a job selling 17 tons of marijuana," Dokoupil tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "which was enough at the time to roll a joint for every college kid in the U.S."

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