3:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Asia

Did North Korea Test A 'Miniature' Nuclear Bomb?

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:19 pm

An official with the Korea Meteorological Administration shows a seismic image of a tremor caused by North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul on Tuesday.
Kim Jae-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test is much more powerful than the previous two, according to estimates made by instruments that measure seismic waves from the blast. It's about the size of the bomb that devastated Hiroshima in World War II.

But it's not so easy to verify the claim that the nuclear explosive has also been miniaturized. That's a critical claim because a small warhead would be essential if the rogue regime chose to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Big bombs are easier to make, but they aren't all that useful as a threat.

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2:55pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Street Parade Of Life:' Mardi Gras Rolls On Despite Rain Threat

A reveler shows off his mask during the Krewe of Okeanos parade in New Orleans on Feb. 10, 2013.
Gerald Herbert AP

There was a threat of rain in New Orleans, today. But revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds.

In fact, as The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, "this weather actually is perfect" was a refrain repeated over and over:

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2:27pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rosa Parks Statue, Capitol's First Of African-American Woman, To Be Dedicated

Rosa Parks in June 1999, when she was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.
William Philpott Reuters /Landov

The late civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who broke racial barriers in 1955 when she would not move to the back of a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., will be posthumously part of another barrier-breaking moment on Feb. 27.

The office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Tuesday that a statue of Parks will be dedicated that day in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

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2:15pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Esquire Story On Bin Laden 'Shooter' Sparks Debate About Veterans' Benefits

Young Pakistani boys play near demolition works while Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan is demolished.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

With an excerpt of a 15,000 word story on the SEAL who allegedly killed Osama bin Laden, Esquire magazine has sparked a whole lot of debate on the kinds of benefits afforded to military veterans.

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2:09pm

Tue February 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:19 pm

This map shows data reported by users of the mPING app during Friday's blizzard in the Northeast.
The PING Project

If you love to talk about the weather — or want to help collect information about it — a new smartphone app may be for you.

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1:57pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

'Heart Attack Grill' Greeter Dies After Heart Attack

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:22 pm

One of the Heart Attack Grill's "triple bypass" burgers.
Matt York AP

Two customers' collapses last year didn't seem to faze fans of Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill.

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1:55pm

Tue February 12, 2013
National Security

The Sticky Questions Surrounding Drones And Kill Lists

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:17 pm

A French military drone takes off in December 2010 from a U.S. airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

New York Times reporter Scott Shane and colleague Jo Becker reported last year that the Obama administration has a list of terrorists targeted for drone attacks, and that the president personally approves such strikes.

The administration has been trying to keep details of its drone program under wraps, arguing that to make it public could threaten national security. Shane has reported numerous such stories.

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1:54pm

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Syrian Rebels Take Air Base, Dam In Northern Syria

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:41 pm

Syrian rebels say they captured an important military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday. Here, rebels sit behind an anti-aircraft weapon in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday.
Abdullah al-Yassin AP

After weeks of relatively little movement in the Syrian war, rebel forces have claimed two significant advances in northern Syria in the past two days.

They said they seized the military's Jarrah air base on Tuesday in the northern province of Aleppo after days of clashes with government troops.

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1:01pm

Tue February 12, 2013
World

World's Eyes On China After North Korean Nuclear Test

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

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1:01pm

Tue February 12, 2013
U.S.

Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. If no budget deal is reached by March 1st, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester kick in. And that includes the defense budget, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of federal spending.

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