Music News
3:02 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO was one of the dozens of pop hits this year to use the same hammering disco beat.
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The Salt
2:58 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

The Perfect Champagne Pour: It's A Science, Not An Art

The chemistry behind champagne has helped scientists figure out how to preserve its flavor and fizz.
Sean Parsons, American Chemical Society

Originally published on Fri December 30, 2011 3:14 pm

Here's something to impress — or annoy — your friends this New Year's Eve: the science behind the champagne pour.

To preserve the fizz and taste of the wine, you need to preserve the bubbles, a recent study found.

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It's All Politics
2:22 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

'Occupy' Activists Urge Like-Minded to Participate In, Not Disrupt, Iowa Caucuses

Former Democratic state legislator Ed Fallon, a vocal member of the Occupy movement, said activists should take part in the caucuses.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

In a cavernous Des Moines meeting hall just west of the state Capitol, progressive activist and writer John Nichols had a simple message for those involved in Iowa's iteration of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"Learn to get cool with losing," Nichols told about 50 people who had come to hear advice from longtime activists, including veterans of the civil rights battle.

"Get comfortable that you absolutely will be told you can't succeed," he said, and with the notion of a long-term struggle "that may last beyond your lifetime."

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

'An Evolutionary Throwback': Panda Filmed Eating Meat

A panda eating meat.
Wanglong Nature Reserve

The staff at a Chinese nature reserve have caught a very rare thing on film: a wild panda eating the meat of a dead widebeest.

The AP reports:

"Staff at the Wanglong Nature Reserve in southwest Sichuan province set up the camera after noticing dead animals with chew marks. It was not known if the panda had killed the animals.

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Regional
2:00 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Report: "Major" Education Announcement Tuesday In Las Cruces

Las Cruces – A major announcement regarding connections between increased graduation rates and workforce development will be held Tuesday, January 3, 12 p.m. at the Hotel Encanto ballroom, 705 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces.

More detailed information and interview opportunities regarding the announcement will be available to all media at the news conference.

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Regional
1:42 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Man Gets 6 Months In Jail For Cursing At Judge

Farmington – A northwest New Mexico man will be sitting in jail for the next six months after telling a judge what he thinks of her in some rather unflattering terms.

The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/sHwO3R ) reports Milo Bitsuie was sentenced to 180 days after he cursed at Magistrate Judge Carla Vescovi-Dial.

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Regional
1:41 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Report: "Baby Moses" Law Little Used

Texas – The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option but only 50 infants have been surrendered using it in Texas since 2004.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more than 2,300 children of all ages have been abandoned and more than 1,600 children have died of abuse or neglect.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/uKybt2 ) that about 40 percent of abused children who die are younger than 12 months, causing some to question the law's effectiveness.

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Regional
1:39 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Major Las Cruces Street To Have Lane Closures Starting Tuesday

Las Cruces – Las Cruces motorists are advised that Elks Drive from Lenox Avenue to North Main Street (US70) will have periodic lane closures beginning Tuesday, January 3rd at 7 a.m. The closure will be in effect for approximately one week and will only affect the south bound right turn lane at the Elks Drive and North Main Street intersection.

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The Road Back To Work
1:26 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

When The Road Back To Work Detours

Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour.
Tamara Keith NPR

Part of an ongoing series

For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story.

Randy Howland spent most of this past year working at a $10-an-hour customer service job. He used to make six figures. With this job, he was settling, just so he could have the satisfaction of working. It was essentially a call-center job.

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Around the Nation
1:22 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

How A Teen's Coerced Confession Set Her Free

Nga Truong (front) meets with social services advocate Lisa Gigliotti. Truong says she's struggling to rebuild her life after nearly three years awaiting trial for murder.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 7:53 pm

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