Afghanistan
12:15 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Afghan Justice: A Brief Trial, A Lengthy Sentence

Afghanistan is struggling to develop its court system, and public trials are still relatively rare. Here, an Afghan man named Mahmood (standing, right) listens to a court judge during his trial in the western city of Herat on Jan. 24. He had photos of NATO bases in Afghanistan and was sentenced to 16 years for spying for Iran.
AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:01 am

Handcuffed and wearing dark blue traditional clothes, the Afghan defendant enters the newly renovated court in the capital of Kunar province, about 5 miles from the border with Pakistan.

Members of the local community are waiting to witness the public trial of Abdul Wali, who is accused of manufacturing alcohol — a crime that carries a lengthy prison sentence in Afghanistan.

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Europe
12:14 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Not Your Cold War NATO: Alliance To Examine Itself

A NATO soldier aims his weapon during a gun battle in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April. NATO is holding a summit in Chicago this weekend, and discussing the future of the alliance is on the agenda.
Musadeq Sadeq AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 6:28 am

This weekend, about 60 heads of state and government, and thousands of others will descend on Chicago to attend a NATO summit. The gathering will focus on the alliance's involvement in Afghanistan — and ensuring a long-term commitment to the country.

But the meeting comes at a time of tension within NATO. Discussions will also include the future of NATO itself, and whether it can overcome its shortfalls.

Unilateral Action In Libya

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Fine Art
12:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's

Students and seniors discussed Claude Monet's Sunset at Pourville during a recent visit to the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Kreeger Museum

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 3:58 am

Many art lovers feel completely in the moment when they stroll through the galleries of a museum. That feeling was particularly true on a recent morning at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. The Kreeger runs a special program for people with Alzheimer's — seniors, their caregivers and middle school students are paired together to enjoy the art and one another's company.

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Wash. Gov Candidates & Jobs
5:35 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Wash. Candidates For Governor Cite Different Jobs Figures

Jay Inslee (L) and Rob McKenna cite different unemployment numbers for Washington state.
Northwest News Network

Job creation is emerging as a top issue in Washington’s open race for governor. But the two leading candidates often cite different jobs figures. The state’s official unemployment rate is currently 8.1 percent. Republican candidate Rob McKenna though uses a much higher number.

Washington’s unemployment rate has been getting incrementally better. But that monthly snapshot only captures people who are out of work and actively looking for a job. There’s an alternative way to evaluate the employment situation in Washington. That’s to use the federal government’s so called U-6 rate. That figure is 17.6 percent. State economist Dave Wallace says part-time workers are the biggest driver behind that more grim number.

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Portland Mayoral Race
5:05 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Portland Mayoral Race Narrows

Portland voters selected two top candidates for mayor Tuesday. Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will advance to a November run-off.
Photo credit: Stuart Seeger Wikimedia Commons

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff.

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales took a healthy lead early, finishing with 38 percent of the vote when the counting wrapped for the evening. State Representative Jefferson Smith and entrepreneur Eileen Brady engaged in a standoff, as vote tallies showed Smith consistently ahead by about five percentage points.

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Rosenblum Wins Democratic Nomination
4:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Democrats Pick Rosenblum For Attorney General

Oregon is poised to have its first woman Attorney General. In Tuesday's Democratic primary election, former Oregon state judge Ellen Rosenblum cruised to victory over former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton.

It's not clear yet whether Rosenblum will face any opposition in November. No Republican filed for the office. But the GOP launched a last minute write-in campaign. Results of that effort won't be known for a few weeks. For now, Rosenblum is basking in her primary victory, which puts her one step closer to becoming Oregon's first female attorney general. She spoke to supporters at an election night party in Portland.

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Wash. Insurance Grant
4:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Wash. Awarded $127 Million Grant For Insurance Exchange

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Photo courtesy HHS.gov

Washington State’s health insurance exchange got a boost. Wednesday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the state more than $127 million in federal grants. That money will help develop and implement the state’s Health Benefits exchange. The exchange is a marketplace where consumers will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans.

Secretary of health Kathleen Sebelius says so far 34 states are in different stages of creating their own exchange…

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Wash. Unemployment Drops
4:08 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Washington’s Unemployment Rate Continues Slow Drop

Washington State Capital in Olympia reportsthe state's jobless rate continues to inch downward.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Jay8G Wikimedia Commons

Washington’s jobless rate continues to inch downward. The April numbers out Wednesday put unemployment at 8.1 percent. That’s down from 8.3 percent in March. Most of April’s job growth was in manufacturing. State economist Dave Wallace says so far 2012 is proving to be a recovery year in Washington.

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The Two-Way
3:53 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

'Information' To 'Knowledge Agent': Google Changes The Way It Does Search

What a search result may look at on Google now.
Google

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:52 am

Google announced a big change in its approach to search today.

The search giant said the move was the first step in transitioning from an "information agent" to a "knowledge agent."

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Video Helps Acquit Student In First Occupy Wall Street Trial

Occupy Wall Street protesters march through in an impoverished community in December 2011.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Alexander Arbuckle, the defendant in the first Occupy Wall Street case to go to trial, has been found not guilty after video of the incident he was involved in showed him breaking no laws. The Village Voice reports:

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