Space
11:29 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Debris Makes Space Station Astronauts Hunker Down

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket forced six space station astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules early Saturday, then ultimately safely passed in front of the space station, according to NASA.

NASA spokesman Rob Navias told The Associated Press ahead of the incident that the space junk would barely be close enough to be a threat. But if it had hit the station, it could have been dangerous, so the astronauts — two Americans, three Russians and a Dutchman — woke early and climbed into two Soyuz vehicles ready to rocket back to Earth just in case.

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Hanford Safety Investigations
6:08 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Despite Strides, Safety Culture Still In Question At Hanford Site

Donna Busche is the manager for environmental and nuclear safety at Hanford’s waste treatment plant.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy says a Hanford contractor tried to interfere with an investigation into nuclear safety at the site. That’s according to letters from top Energy officials in an ongoing debate over the site’s safety culture. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Wind Farm Guidelines
4:34 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Sec. Salazar Announces New Rules for Wind Farms To Protect Wildlife

The Obama administration released new rules Friday for protecting wildlife from wind farms.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia Commons

The Obama administration released new rules Friday for protecting wildlife from wind farms.

In a morning news conference, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the voluntary rules offer ways to reduce the number of birds and bats that are harmed by wind farms. They focus on choosing sites with low wildlife risks, and designing the sites to avoid disturbing habitat.

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Bales Murder Pre-trial
3:33 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Pre-Trial Hearing Next For Sgt. Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Joint base Lewis-McChord is awaiting hid Article 32 hearing.
Phot credit: Ryan Hallock U.S. ARMY

Seventeen counts of murder. Six counts of assault and attempted murder. Those are the charges filed Friday against 38 year old Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington-based soldier accused of killing 9 Afghan children and 8 adults in a massacre earlier this month. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains the next step is an Article 32 hearing.

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It's All Politics
3:24 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Santorum's 'Obamaville' Ad Warns Of 2nd-Term Horror

Santorum ad screen capture

Rick Santorum has a not so little problem standing between him and a general-election face-off with President Obama — Mitt Romney.

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Idaho Contraception Stance
3:17 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Reject New Contraception Policy

Republican Representative Carlos Bilbao of Emmett sponsored a joint memorial on the House floor to have the current contraception policy reversed.
Idaho House of Representatives

Religious beliefs and contraception collided today in the Idaho House of Representatives. a majority of state lawmakers voted to send a message to the President and U.S. Congress to reject a new birth control policy.

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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Memo: Corzine Ordered MF Global Customer Funds Moved To London Account

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D).
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:50 pm

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine directly ordered that $200 million from a segregated customer account be transfered to cover a $175 million overdraft in a London account. That's according to a memo (pdf) from the House Committee on Financial Services, which is scheduled to hold a hearing next week about the spectacular collapse of MF Global.

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Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Julia Nunes: Homesick Anthems Spawn An Internet Star

Julia Nunes' new, fan-funded album is titled Settle Down.
Shervin Lainez

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 7:41 am

Julia Nunes (pronounced "noonz") grew up in New York state, but went to college far away from her hometown friends and family. To keep in touch, she posted videos to YouTube — mostly goofy scenes from her dorm room.

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U.S.
3:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Global Health Expert Chosen As World Bank Nominee

Dr. Jim Yong Kim is introduced as the new president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 2009.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:12 pm

Jim Yong Kim, President Obama's nominee to be the leader of the World Bank, is an unconventional choice. As a global health expert, he's a medical doctor who helped start an international health organization. He currently serves as president of Dartmouth College.

"Despite its name, the World Bank is more than just a bank," Obama told reporters during the White House announcement Friday morning. "It's time for a development professional to lead the world's largest development agency."

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Idaho Bans Texting While Driving
2:57 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Say Don’t Text And Drive

Idaho has now joined the likes of Oregon and Washington in adopting a law banning texting while driving.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Alton Wikimedia Commons

Since 2009, Idaho lawmakers have tried, and failed, to pass a bill to ban texting while driving. Until today. Senators passed a ban this morning and sent it to Governor Butch Otter. The version that passed was watered down from the original legislation proposed earlier this session. Senator Jim Hammond, (R-Coeur d'Alene,), the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, explains.

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