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4:00am

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Even 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Had A First Draft

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 12:22 pm

"The Star-Spangled Banner" handwritten manuscript by Francis Scott Key, 1814.
Special Collections Department Maryland Historical Society

Monday is the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Americans may not know much about that war, but they do know a song the war inspired: "The Star-Spangled Banner." The first scratches of those phrases are on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

The original quill-and-ink manuscript was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the lyrics while being held aboard a British ship. Trying to work out a prisoner release, he watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry — the rocket's red glare, bombs bursting in air.

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3:57am

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Deportation Freeze A 'Big Relief' Or 'Cynical Ploy'?

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:53 pm

Myisha Areloano, Adrian James, Jahel Campos, David Vuenrostro and Antonio Cabrera camp outside President Obama's campaign headquarters in Culver City, Calif., on Friday to protest his immigration policies.
Grant Hindsley AP

At the University of California, Los Angeles, Labor Center in downtown L.A., more than 100 student leaders from around the country hugged and cheered as President Obama delivered his immigration announcement Friday.

Obama outlined a new policy to temporarily stop deporting some young illegal immigrants and make them eligible for work permits.

Diego Sanchez was born in Argentina and brought to Miami 12 years ago. He's working on getting his MBA. He welcomed the president's announcement.

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3:55am

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Daredevil High-Wired For Success Over Niagara Falls

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 12:22 pm

Nik Wallenda crosses over Niagara Falls on a tightrope on Friday. He became the first person to cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada.
John Moore Getty Images

Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk directly over Niagara Falls on Friday night. More than 100,000 people crowded onto the U.S.-Canadian border to watch him inch along a tightrope.

Wallenda's wire weighed seven tons and took hours to string across the falls with a helicopter. Crews held it in place with two construction cranes.

Wallenda is part of the famous "Flying Wallendas" circus family. Over seven generations, they've pulled off daring stunts all over the world.

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4:51pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Tonight, Wallenda Will Attempt High-Wire Walk Over Niagara Falls

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:34 am

Nik Wallenda looks at the tightrope cable in Niagara Falls, Canada on Wednesday.
David Duprey AP

Nik Wallenda has successfully walked across Niagara Falls on a 2-inch-wide cable. As if there wasn't enough drama, he added a bit of last-minute mystery to his audacious attempt.

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2:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
National Security

50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:58 pm

This undated photo of Francis Gary Powers shows him standing next to a U-2 spy plane. Powers was shot down and captured in the Soviet Union in 1960 and held for nearly two years. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star at the Pentagon on June 15.
AP/Allied Museum

When an experimental U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, the U.S. government quickly came up with elaborate cover stories.

"The plane [Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev reported shot down inside Russian territory presumably is an American, single-engine jet, a U-2 reported missing on a flight along the Turkish-Russian border last Sunday," a broadcast at the time said. "The national space agency has been flying these planes, 10 of them, in many parts of the world, studying the upper atmosphere."

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