Europe
1:39 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

For A Third Time, Putin Returns As Russia's President

Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office during his inauguration as Russia's president at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Monday. Putin will be serving his third term as president, after four years as prime minister and two previous presidential terms.
Dmitry Astakhov, AP

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:26 am

Vladimir Putin is once again the president of Russia.

Putin, who held the job from 2000 to 2008, spent the past four years as prime minister because the Russian Constitution prohibits a third consecutive term.

So his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, held the office for the past four years. Now they are switching places, with Putin returning as president and Medvedev tapped to be the prime minister.

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The Salt
1:16 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

What HBO And iCarly Can Do To Get Kids Psyched About Veggies

Getting kids to eat right is an age-old challenge
istockphoto.com

We've all seen the scary headlines about the obesity epidemic. And there are no shortage of initiatives aimed at getting Americans — particularly kids — to eat right.

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Monkey See
1:13 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tyranny Of Character: Will The Real Sacha Baron Cohen Please Stand Up?

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen in The Dictator.
Paramount Pictures

If you've had an eye on pop culture recently, chances are you've seen Admiral General Aladeen, the subject of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie The Dictator.

You might have seen him on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, trading quips with Seth Meyers (and prisoner Martin Scorsese!).

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

VIDEO: In Copenhagen, A Very Classy Flash Mob On The Metro

A woman listens to a violinist on the Copenhagen Metro.
YouTube

The Copenhagen Philharmonic has tried its hand at a flashmob before. Back in May, it performed Ravel's Bolero to an unsuspecting public at Copenhagen Central Station.

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Regional
12:18 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Reward In Las Cruces Robbery

 

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the identity and arrest of the man suspected of committing an armed robbery late Sunday evening at a convenience store on west Picacho Avenue.

 

At around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, a man walked into the Circle K store at 617 W. Picacho Ave. and used a large knife to threaten an employee. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

 

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

In Photos: Vladimir Putin Assumes The Presidency In Russia

Police officers carry an anti-Putin protester, who was detained in central Moscow, on Monday.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

As we've reported, Vladimir Putin's return to Russia's presidency was fraught with drama. But a disputed parliamentary election and many unprecedented protests later, Putin took the oath of office for a third time today.

Putin took the oath amid protests. The New York Times reports 300 were detained, following the round up of 400 detained after a surprisingly large anti-Putin demonstration popped up on Sunday.

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Regional
11:34 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Huge Deficit In Texas Medicaid Program

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Top officials from state agencies have warned Texas lawmakers that the cost of caring for the state's disabled and poor children and elderly are growing faster than tax revenues.

Appearing before a House Appropriation Subcommittee on Monday, the state's Medicaid chief said the program will likely only achieve 88 percent of the savings lawmakers hoped for. Last year the Legislature balanced the budget by forecasting big savings and shorted the program by roughly $4.8 billion.

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Regional
11:31 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Las Cruces Mayor And Top Business Leaders Head To White House Friday

At the invitation of the White House, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima has selected some of the area’s top business leaders to join him at a forum with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss jobs and New Mexico’s economy. The forum will take place at the White House Friday, May 11th.

 

“The forum will allow for an interactive dialogue about what’s working and how the private sector and government can collaborate more effectively to foster greater opportunity, innovation and job creation,” Miyagishima said.

 

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It's All Politics
11:17 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Some U.S. Conservatives See Obama In France's Hollande

President-elect Francois Hollande waves from a Socialist Party headquarters balcony in Paris Monday May 7, 2012.
Michel Spingler AP

The election of socialist Francois Hollande as France's new president has leached into the U.S. election as some conservatives view it as giving them an opening to attack President Obama who, along with his agenda, has been labeled socialistic by many on the right.

U.S. Senate candidate from Florida, George Lemieux, for instance, took the opportunity of Hollande's win to tweet a warning:

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The Picture Show
11:16 am
Mon May 7, 2012

The Visual South, Part I: Unseen Scenes Of Gitmo

Christopher Sims

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:49 am

The current issue of Oxford American magazine (known as "the Southern magazine of good writing") is titled the "Visual South Issue." In its 100 under 100 list, the magazine identifies "the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South." This week, we'll take a look at five of the photographers on that list.

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