1:10pm

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger.
AP

The girlfriend of the notorious mob boss James J. 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive.

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12:43pm

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Former British PM John Major Says Murdoch Tried To Influence Policy

Former British Prime Minister John Major arrives to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics at the High Court in London, on Tuesday.
Carl Court AFP/Getty Images

Former British Prime Minister John Major told an inquiry that Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul, tried to influence the country's politics during a private dinner in 1997. Major said that Murdoch even hinted that the Prime Minister could lose his media empire's support if he didn't change the way he was dealing with the European Union.

The AP explains:

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12:24pm

Tue June 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Liberal Group Excitedly Eyes Millions Of Potential Latino Voters

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:40 pm

It's a given that Latino voters are viewed by both political parties as critical to the the 2012 general election and that polling shows President Obama, and Democrats generally, enjoying a significant advantage with that such voters.

That reality prompted Mitt Romney to tell donors at a closed-door Palm Beach, Fla. fundraiser in April, in remarks overheard by reporters:

"We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party." He suggested that if the GOP failed to draw significant numbers of Latino voters away from the Democratic Party "that spells doom for us."

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12:06pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Arts

'Remember in Shreveport When' exhibit adds Bossier in second run

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport is mounting a reprise of its "Remember When" exhibit it launched last summer. This year, the memorabilia includes Shreveport and Bossier City. The exhibit opens June 16 and runs through July 28.

12:03pm

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

World Is 'Hellish Nightmare' In Player's 10-Year Long Strategy Game

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:20 pm

If you're a fan of Waterworld, then the vision of the future in the Civilization II game played by "Lycerius" may be to your liking. (Kevin Costner in a scene from that 1995 movie.)
Getty Images

"The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation." Ninety percent of the population has died from nuclear annihilation or famine. "Three superpowers have been locked in a 1,700-year war" that's "an eternal death struggle."

On Reddit earlier today, a gamer called Lycerius posted those apocalyptic notes about what the year 3991 is like in his decade-long game of Civilization II.

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12:00pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Music Reviews

Edmar Castaneda's 'Double Portion' Of Harp

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:46 pm

Edmar Castañeda's new album is titled Double Portion.
Courtesy of the artist

The Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda was born in Bogotá, and began playing at 13. A few years later, in the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, where he studied jazz trumpet. Then he returned to the harp with a new perspective and set of skills.

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11:42am

Tue June 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Panel Questions Benefits Of Vitamin D Supplements

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 7:35 am

A woman pours two tablets into her hand from a pill bottle.
iStockphoto.com

An influential panel of experts questioned two big reasons people take vitamin D supplements.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in draft recommendations released Tuesday that taking less than 400 international units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day doesn't reduce the risk for bone fractures among postmenopausal women. And so the task force recommended against doing that.

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11:20am

Tue June 12, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Remembering D-Day

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers D-Day, the day Allies invaded Western Europe in World War II, 68 years ago this month.

11:20am

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Verizon Introduces 'Groundbreaking' Pricing Scheme, But Is It Really Different?

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Verizon's new plan is the biggest revamp in wireless pricing in years, and one that's likely to be copied by other carriers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday what it is calling a "groundbreaking" pricing scheme that will "forever change the way customers purchase wireless services."

Essentially what the new plans — dubbed "Share Everything" by the company — are aiming for is to allow customers to use one bucket of data access to power up to 10 of their devices. The pricing starts at $90 a month, which allows for one smartphone with unlimited voice and text and access to 1 gigabyte of data.

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11:10am

Tue June 12, 2012
Author Interviews

Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 2:40 pm

cover detail: Full Body Burden

Kristen Iversen spent years in Europe looking for things to write about before realizing that biggest story she'd ever cover was in the backyard where she grew up. Iversen spent her childhood in Colorado close to the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields and swimming in lakes and streams that it now appears were contaminated with plutonium. Later, as a single mother, Iversen worked at the plant but knew little of its environmental and health risks until she saw a feature about it on Nightline.

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