Asia
10:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

India's Techies Angered Over Internet Censorship Plan

An activist of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena hold placards and roses outside the residence of Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal in New Delhi.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 11:20 am

India has the world's largest democracy, and one of the most rambunctious. Millions of its young people are cutting edge when it comes to high-tech.

Yet the country is still very conservative by Western standards, and a government minister recently said that offensive material on the web should be removed.

The way it was reported in India, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal started the whole row by assembling the heads of social networking sites at a meeting in his office in New Delhi.

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Religion
10:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Vatican Declares Boy's Recovery A 'Miracle'

Barbara Bradley Hagerty NPR

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 9:57 am

In February 2006, 5-year-old Jake Finkbonner fell and hit his head while playing basketball at his school in Ferndale, Wash. Soon, he developed a fever and his head swelled. His mother, Elsa, rushed him to Seattle Children's Hospital, where the doctors realized Jake was battling a flesh-eating bacterium called Strep A.

"It traveled all around his face, his scalp, his neck, his chest," she recalls, "and why it didn't travel to his brain or his eyeballs or his heart? He was protected."

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Africa
10:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

New Law Aims To Shine Light On Conflict Metals

Workers dig at a mine in Chudja, near Bunia, north eastern Congo. The conflict in the Congo, a nation rich in mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, tin, and cobalt, has often been linked to a struggle for control over its minerals resources.
Lionel Healing AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 6:14 am

Delly Mawazo Sesete wants American consumers to know what is in their smart phones, computers and other electronics and where U.S. companies like Apple are getting those rare metals.

Sesete says that, without knowing, consumers in the U.S. could be fueling conflicts in Eastern Congo. The human rights activist is from a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where armed groups are wreaking havoc and get much of their funding from mining rare metals.

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Violence At California's Psychiatric Hospitals
10:01 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

In Calif. Mental Hospitals, Assaults Rarely A Crime

Metropolitan State Hospital employees and supporters gathered outside the hospital in Norwalk, Calif., this summer to protest repeated assaults at the hands of mental patients, and what they called dangerous working conditions.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 12:16 pm

Part of an ongoing series

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Regional
6:16 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

KRWG Alert: Delayed Opening At Holloman Tuesday

Las Cruces – Holloman Air Force Base will open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, due to inclement weather and freezing precipitation. Holloman personnel may check the following outlets for updates to work schedule information due to inclement weather: www.holloman.af.mil; the Holloman Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HollomanonFB; the Holloman Twitter account, http://twitter.com/#!/HollomanAFB; or the Holloman Straight Talk line at 575-572-7500.

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Regional
4:42 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Perry: Wall Street Bailout Biggest Theft In U.S. History

Texas – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the Wall Street bailout "the single biggest act of theft in American history."

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, Perry sought to cast himself as an outsider who would cut Washington's influence. He painted Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, as status quo politicians who should worry Republicans voters.

Perry says the country needs a president who understands Main Street and is not beholden to Wall Street.

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Regional
4:40 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Drought Toll: Up To 500 Million Trees

Texas – Preliminary estimates from the Texas Forest Service show the year-long drought in Texas may have claimed as many as a half-billion trees.

The agency surveyed forestry professionals from regions around Texas, which has a total tree population of about 4.9 billion. Researchers analyzing the information have determined from 100 million to 500 million, or from 2 to 10 percent of all trees, have been lost.

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Regional
4:39 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Former Lawmaker Running For Senate

Texas – Former state Rep. Paul Sadler has announced that he will run for U.S. Senate as a Democrat.

Sadler told The Associated Press on Monday that he sees an opportunity for a Democrat to win in 2012. He filed his paperwork after the only major candidate, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, announced Friday that he was dropping out of the Democratic primary.

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Presidential Race
4:10 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Despite Spate Of Negative Ads, Gingrich Stays Positive

Newt Gingrich speaks Monday at Global Security Services in Davenport, Iowa. Despite falling poll numbers, Gingrich says he will avoid negative campaigning.
Chris Carlson Associated Press

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:44 pm

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The Two-Way
4:05 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

As Crackdown Continues, Syria Agrees To Arab League Observers

A boy stands in a water fountain as he holds up the Syrian national flag during a rally in Damascus, Syria.
Muzaffar Salman AP

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 4:09 pm

Today, Syria signed an agreement that would allow Arab League observers into the country. It's all in a bid to end its isolation and the nine-month standoff between the government of President Bashar Assad and protesters who are demanding his ouster.

The Guardian reports:

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