10:33am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

A Los Alamos Landmark, The 'Black Hole,' Is About To Disappear

"Atomic Ed" Grothus at the Black Hole surplus story in Los Alamos, N.M., in 2008.
John Burnett NPR

It's called the Black Hole because "everything goes in and nothing comes out," as founder Ed Grothus told NPR's John Burnett in 2008.

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10:29am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Picture Show

Same Camera, Different Century: Capturing Civil War Sites, 150 Years Later

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 5:39 pm

Here's a snapshot from the field as Harrington composed his image of Burnside Bridge — which involved schlepping the huge, fragile camera down a steep incline to get the right perspective.
Claire O'Neill (@clairevoyant) Instagram

Believe it or not, there's a lot of food involved in wet-plate photography. Egg whites (albumen) are used to make the glass plates adhesive to the light-sensitive chemicals. And one way to keep the plates from drying out after processing is to coat them in honey. It's also physically demanding, so you get really hungry.

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10:24am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

China Ratchets Up The Rhetoric In Island Spat With Japan

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

Protesters marched in front of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing today. They carried a banner declaring: "We are proud of China's rise. We resolutely oppose Japan's rightist forces."
Louisa Lim NPR

China's state-run media is warning that Japan could endure another "lost decade" of economic stagnation should Beijing resort to trade retaliation over Japan's purchase of disputed islands.

The warning comes amid a surge of anti-Japanese nationalism across China that sparked huge and sometimes violent protests over the weekend. As the economic cost of the protests begins to escalate, it's becoming clearer exactly who might be behind them.

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9:35am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Salt

U.S. Kids Eat Nearly As Much Salt As Adults, Putting Health At Risk

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:42 pm

It's going to take a lot more than emptying the salt shaker to cut back on the sodium U.S. kids are getting.
L. Marie Flickr.com

Yes, we love salt. It makes everything taste better. But as a society, we're eating way too much of it. And, so are our children.

A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that children in the U.S. between the ages of 8 and 18 are eating, on average, 3,387 mg per day. That's about the same amount as adults. But it's a lot more than the 2,300 mg daily limit recommended by the federal dietary guidelines.

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9:24am

Mon September 17, 2012
Local

East Texas universities to build new facilities

LeTourneau University in Longview breaks ground today on a $14 million student center. Meanwhile, East Texas Baptist University in neighboring Marshall is preparing to build a new residential facility and parking garage, a $23 million dollar project.

9:16am

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

Obama Launching China Trade Case

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

President Obama will launch a new trade enforcement case against China Monday, using the power of incumbency to counter Republican Mitt Romney's criticism that he is ceding American jobs to the Asian power.

9:05am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Short Track Speedskating Coach Put On Leave Amid Abuse Allegations

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 5:19 pm

Short track speedskating coach Jae Su Chun was a guest at a State Dinner at the White House in May 2010.
Alexis C. Glenn UPI /Landov

U.S. Speedskating has placed head short track coach Jae Su Chun on administrative leave in response to complaints of physical, verbal and psychological abuse.

Nineteen current and former skaters, including five Olympic medalists, signed complaints filed with U.S. Speedskating and the U.S. Olympic Committee. An attorney for the skaters says two of the athletes are also completing police reports in Utah, where U.S. Speedskating is based and where the athletes train.

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8:18am

Mon September 17, 2012

7:31am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 12:10 pm

A worker inspects auto parts at a factory in Chengdu, China. (2005 file photo.)
China Photos Getty Images

"The White House Monday will demand through a world trade panel that China stop subsidizing auto parts made for export," reports Cleveland's Plain Dealer.

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7:12am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Row Over Photos Of Topless Kate Lands In French Courts

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, earlier today on a visit to the Solomon Islands.
Daniel Munoz AFP/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace is following up its promise to bring a civil suit against the French magazine that published photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) with a criminal complaint that's also been filed in a French court.

According to the BBC:

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