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6:49pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Methuselah, A Well-Loved Tortoise, Dies At 130 In South Dakota

Methuselah, a giant tortoise whose life began in the Galapagos Islands 130 years ago, has died in Rapid City, S.D. Since 1954, the huge animal has been a star attraction at Reptile Gardens, where officials estimate that he posed for photographs with tens of thousands of visitors, many of them children.

Methuselah began his life in 1881. Here's a sampling of what else was going on that year:

  • James Garfield became president.
  • Billy the Kid escaped from jail and was killed by Pat Garrett in New Mexico.
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6:18pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

For Neptune, It's Been One Year Since Its Discovery

Neptune's anniversary portraits.
NASA

It's sentences like these that put the size of the universe in context:

Today, Neptune has arrived at the same location in space where it was discovered nearly 165 years ago.

That comes from the Hubble Space Telescope site and it means that it takes Neptune 165 Earth years to make one trip around the sun. German astronomer Johann Galle discovered the planet in 1846.

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5:53pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Mississippi Sues BP Oil Fund Administrator, Seeking Access

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, in an attempt to force open the books at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Here's part of a Newscast report filed by Jeffery Hess with Mississippi Public Broadcasting:

Hood says he has heard hundreds of complaints from coast residents about how claims have been distributed, and has been denied access to Claims Facility documents.

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4:52pm

Tue July 12, 2011
It's All Politics

McConnell Proposes Congress Indirectly Give Obama Debt-Ceiling Power

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders speak to journalists on Tuesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In a proposal that appears to be mostly about finding a way to raise the debt ceiling while protecting his fellow congressional Republicans from having to vote to do so, Sen. Mitch McConnell has suggested a way in which Congress could effectively give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling.

But it would also seem meant to potentially put Obama on the defensive by having him take the political heat for raising the debt ceiling. Repeated polls have found a majority of Americans opposed to a higher debt ceiling.

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4:51pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Dignitaries, Guests Arrive In California For Betty Ford's Memorial Service

A military honor guard carries the casket of former first lady Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford, from the hearse to the entrance of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., for a private memorial service Tuesday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Earlier today, the family of former first lady Betty Ford watched as a casket with her body was carried into St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.

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