The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

A minke whale photographed in Antarctica last year. The minke, smallest of the baleen whales, turned out to be the mysterious "bio-duck."
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Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:22 pm

For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.

The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.

"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says Denise Risch, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."

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Education: Watch This Space
3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack

Free software is fun!
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The big names in the growing education-technology industry gathered in Arizona this week.

The "Education Innovation Summit" styles itself the "Davos of ed-tech." Educators, philanthropists and political leaders like Jeb Bush rubbed elbows with the investors, venture capitalists, big companies like Microsoft and small companies hoping to get big. It's hosted by Arizona State University and GSV, a private equity firm.

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance", on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nelson Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday.

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Shots - Health News
3:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Angelina Jolie plays the spiteful protagonist in an upcoming movie called "Maleficent," based on "Sleeping Beauty."
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures USA

Maybe you turn up your music when your neighbor complains about the noise.

Or maybe you curse a baby princess because you didn't get invited to her christening, as in "Sleeping Beauty" and its latest incarnation, the upcoming movie "Maleficent."

To see spite in its purest form, try brunch in New York. At the hippest restaurants, patrons will linger at their tables long after they've paid the bill, just to show those losers on the wait list who's boss – even though they're wasting their own time in the process.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mystery Surrounds Latest Albuquerque Police Shooting

  Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Deming Man Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

   A Deming man faces multiple years in prison when he is sentenced on his guilty plea in a drug trafficking case stemming from the discovery of a half-ton of marijuana hidden in a truck.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Crispin Fierro pleaded guilty to a marijuana trafficking charge Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

According to the office, Fierro faces between 5 and 40 years in prison. His sentencing hasn't yet been scheduled.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Feds Probe Texas District That Hired Immigrant Teachers

A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations.

Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district's irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation.

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Regional
3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Perry Courts Businesses In New York

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

The Republican was in New York City on Wednesday on a trip to meet business owners.

He's trying to convince them to move their operations to Texas. He says the business environment is better there.

It's something Perry has promoted in New York before and in other states as well.

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Parallels
3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) visits the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus on Sunday. Assad's forces have been gaining the upper hand in the fighting, and the CIA is now increasing training and aid to Syrian rebels.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 5:13 pm

The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.

The change in strategy comes as the White House sees Syrian leader Bashar Assad growing in strength, and continuing to strike rebel strongholds.

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Regional
3:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Martinez Launches Ad With Democratic Supporters

Credit Office of the Governor

  A new television ad by Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election campaign features northern New Mexico Democratic officials praising the Republican governor.

The Martinez campaign said Wednesday the 30-second ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable television.

The ad seeks to portray Martinez as a caring, bipartisan governor who sets aside politics in helping communities.

Former Taos Mayor Darren Cordova lauds the governor for her assistance when the community struggled with a natural gas outage during the winter of 2011. He declares, "She is one of us."

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