3:21pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Afghanistan

Marines Team Up With Afghan 'Neighborhood Watch'

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:44 am

Isutalah of the Interim Security for Critical Infrastructure force on foot patrol in northern Marjah with Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment.
David Gilkey NPR

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is in Washington this week. He's already met with President Obama, and the White House is debating how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

One factor in that decision: whether Afghans can take over the fight.

An area of Afghanistan that was the scene of major combat a year ago is now a test case for whether peace can hold in the country. North of the district of Marjah, in Helmand province, Marines are working with locals who know the area and know the enemy.

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3:13pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

American Airlines Tests A Paperless Cockpit

American Airlines says pilots carry at least 35 pounds worth of paper flight materials.
Volker Hartmann AFP/Getty Images

Here's a number that caught by surprise today: American Airlines told The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch that it can save $1.2 million a year just by cutting the paper in the cockpit.

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3:00pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Middle East

Syrians Flee Government Crackdowns

Originally published on Fri June 17, 2011 4:39 pm

A family prepares dinner in Syria. Many of the people who have gathered in the makeshift camp at the border say they are waiting for family members before crossing into Turkey.
Peter Kenyon NPR

Just outside the Syrian village of Khirbet Al-Jouz, a 27-year-old Syrian named Ali splashes water on his face in a muddy creek.

He jokingly cries out, "Syria hurra! ["Free Syria!"]"

In a valley framed on one side by Syrian mountains and on the other by the Turkish border, tents and blankets are strewn across the hillside. Displaced Syrians continue to make their way over rough mountain roads and trails to the northwestern corner of the country. Free Syria, for these uprooted farm families, is a long valley studded with evergreens and strewn with boulders.

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2:33pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Officially Drops Bin Laden Charges

Today, a 13-year-old federal court case against Osama bin Laden has officially been closed. More than a month after bin Laden was shot in the head and buried at sea, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan granted a request from prosecutors to drop the terrorism charges against bin Laden.

The Washington Post reports:

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2:08pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

In Interview, Obama Talks About Parenting A Teenager

In just a few weeks, President Barack Obama hits a pretty important milestone: His daughter Malia becomes a teenager.

ABC's Good Morning America had a pretty long chat with the president, just in time for father's day. Robin Roberts asked him about becoming the father of a teen and Obama seemed surprisingly cool. He said:

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2:07pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Colorado Inside Out

Lamborn Clarifies Stance on Funding for NREL

Colorado Public Television

Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn has been fielding questions all this week after calling for a cut to funding for The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.  But he now says he didn’t realize that provision was included in what he was supporting.  It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing. Here’s host Raj Chohan.

2:04pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Music Interviews

'Yo Gabba Gabba!': TV For Kids And Music Lovers

The dance-rock duo Chromeo goofs around on the set of Yo Gabba Gabba! with host DJ Lance Rock (center).
Courtesy of Nick Jr.

Yo Gabba Gabba! began on the Nick Jr. TV network as a show to entertain and educate the pre-kindergarten set. But now, with its fourth season in production, the show's popularity is stretching demographic boundaries, in part because of its musical content.

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2:03pm

Fri June 17, 2011
Politics

Is There Life After Political Death?

Chris Lee
David Duprey AP

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may be gone, but his three-quarters apologetic and one-quarter "I'll be back" resignation speech hinted that he believes a future in elective politics may not be out of the question.

History clearly suggests otherwise.

While plenty of politicians who have misbehaved --even criminally-- weathered their scandals and remain in office, the comeback prospects for those who resign or abandon reelection dreams are decidedly dim.

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12:53pm

Fri June 17, 2011
National Security

Money May Change U.S. Calculations Abroad

Darryl St. George, a Navy Corpsman with Weapons Co. 2/8 Marines out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, walks along a mud compound wall with Afghan National Army soldiers while on a foot patrol in Northern Marja, Helmand Provence, southern Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR/Redux

As budget concerns multiply, money worries have entered the debate over foreign policy strategy.

Some policymakers cite fiscal savings as one compelling reason to begin a serious withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next month.

And the Obama administration has had to be fairly modest in its diplomatic efforts regarding the emerging democracies of the Middle East and North Africa. Its proposed $2 billion aid package for Tunisia and Egypt falls far short of being a new Marshall Plan.

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12:41pm

Fri June 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Saudi, Bahraini Royals Announce Wedding

In a move that further symbolizes the strong allegiance between the two nations, the son of the king of Bahrain and the daughter of the king of Saudi Arabia signed a "marriage contract" on Thursday.

The AP reports:

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