Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Your Post Office Closing? USPS Is Studying Shuttering 3,700 Locations

A U.S. Post Office in Bristow, Virginia.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Postal Service announced today it is reviewing 3,700 retail locations across the country for possible closure. (A list is here.)

In a statement, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said customers are not using offices as much as they used to.

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Tue July 26, 2011

In Sweden, A Tempered Approach To Nuclear Waste

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 6:13 pm

European geologists have conducted experiments in caverns like this one, at the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory, since 1995. The Swedish nuclear company SKB hopes to store used nuclear fuel more than 1,500 feet below ground.
Ingrid Becker KQED

First in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 2

At least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site. Finding communities willing to live with such dangerous stuff has been a big sticking point. But in Sweden, two communities have stepped up, and are willing to take the country's waste.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bowing To Pressure, McDonald's Makes Happy Meals More Healthful

McDonald's cutting down on french fries and adding more healthful items, such as apple slices, to Happy Meals.
Bill Parrish Photography McDonald's

The Happy Meal is headed for a nutrition overhaul.

Bowing to pressure that its kids' meals haven't been healthful enough, McDonald's will downsize french fries and put a fresh fruit or veggie in every Happy Meal.

Apple slices have long been an option with the Happy Meal. But the problem has been that parents have to ask for them in lieu of french fries. That's about to change.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert town of Gualish on July 24, as Gadhafi forces started attacking them in an attempt to capture the city.
Colin Summers AFP/Getty Images

It's been more than four months since NATO launched an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Since then, opposition forces have gained ground with help from NATO airstrikes, but Gadhafi's military is holding firm so far.

President Obama and other leaders have called on Gadhafi to leave, but he's clearly not listening. Now, the conflict in Libya has turned into a complicated waiting game.

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Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Revisiting That Default Deadline: Could Extra Tax Revenue Buy A Little Time?

Pedestrians stop to view the National Debt Clock in New York this April.
Andrew Harrer Bloomberg via Getty Images

For weeks now, President Obama and the Treasury have fixated on an Aug. 2 deadline at which, they say, the United States will not be able to meet its financial obligations and would default for the first time in history.

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Tue July 26, 2011
The Picture Show

What On Earth? Art And Ads That Can Be Seen From Space

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:45 am

KFC astrovertisement seen from above in Google Maps.
Courtesy of Google

Drive out to the middle of the desert in Rachel, Nev., and you'll find a patch of sand that has been tiled with about 65,000 squares of red, black, white and gray. It may not look like much from where you're standing, but step off the Earth's surface a few thousand feet and you'll see this:

With advertisements plastered on any surface one can imagine, is the surface of the Earth the next frontier for marketers?

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Tue July 26, 2011

Newly-Formed Task Force Tackles Zero-Tolerance in Colorado Schools

State lawmakers are planning to review schools’ disciplinary procedures for juveniles with a focus on zero-tolerance policies.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bad Economy May Be Leading To Less Surgery

HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday.

And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times.

When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 percent in the U.S. in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Inpatient surgeries took a bigger hit than outpatient cases, but both were down.

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Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

As Country Mourns, Norway Names Victims

Two women carry roses tagged with the slogan "OsLove" as they joined as many as 150,000 people gathered for a flower vigil in Oslo.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

About 150,000 people filled the streets of Oslo, yesterday, to pay their respects to the victims of the bombing and shooting rampage.

Thousands of Norwegians held up flowers near the Nobel Peace Museum and vowed not retaliation, but to make their democracy stronger.

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Tue July 26, 2011

Foreign Policy: Rise Of The Radical Right

People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway on Monday, July 25, 2011. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Jamie Bartlett is head of the Violence and Extremism Programme at the London-based think tank Demos. Jonathan Birdwell is a researcher on the Violence and Extremism Programme at Demos. They are currently undertaking a major research project into the growth of far-right street-based movements across Europe, including the largest ever survey of far-right activists, which is due to be completed in October 2011.

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