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3:36pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Energy

Calif. Wonders About Energy Future After Nuclear Plant Closes

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:45 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In Southern California, the power grid is always a hot topic. It's a part of the country that is all too familiar with the rolling blackouts. And now there is more reason for concern about the region's capacity to generate electricity. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is shutting down for good, thanks to worn-out parts. It's been off-line for more than a year after a pipe was found leaking radioactive steam. At its peak, San Onofre provided power for 1.4 million homes.

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3:26pm

Mon June 17, 2013
National Security

NSA Leaker Snowden Defends Actions In Live Web Chat

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:45 pm

The man who leaked secret National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden, defended his decision to reveal details of U.S. surveillance programs in a web chat on Monday. Snowden said he's still in Hong Kong and claims he wouldn't get a fair trial in the U.S. He also said he has not been in contact with the Chinese government and that there are more disclosures to come.

12:27pm

Mon June 17, 2013
The Salt

Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel'

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:12 pm

Thousands of students from around the world flock to courses near Bologna, in central Italy, at the headquarters of Carpigiani, the leading global manufacturer of gelato-making machines.
Giuseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

Italy has secured its place in the global diet with the likes of espresso, cappuccino, pasta and pizza.

The latest addition to the culinary lexicon is ... gelato, the Italian version of ice cream.

And despite tough economic times, gelato-making is a booming business.

At Anzola dell'Emilia, a short drive from the Italian city of Bologna, people from all over the world are lining up for courses in gelato-making.

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4:40pm

Sun June 16, 2013
National Security

Privacy Past And Present: A Saga Of American Ambivalence

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 5:17 pm

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to rally against the National Security Agency's recently detailed surveillance programs.
Win McNamee Getty Images

America's privacy concerns go back to the origins of the country itself.

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4:02pm

Sun June 16, 2013
Author Interviews

A Posthumous Tribute To Guns From A Sniper Shot To Death

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 5:17 pm

Firearms designer John Browning submitted this design for the M1911 pistol to the U.S. Patent Office in September 1910.
Courtesy William Morrow

A killing on a Texas gun range in February captured the headlines. The victim was Chris Kyle, considered by many to be the most deadly sniper in American military history.

The man who admitted to killing him was a veteran as well — a young, disturbed man who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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