Minn. songwriter Paul Metsa dusts off 'Jack Ruby' for JFK anniversary The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination has provided an opportunity for Metsa, a Minnesota folk musician, to dust off one of his most haunting songs. He wrote "Jack Ruby" more than 21 years ago, but the questions at the heart of the tune still plague the nation.5:53 p.m.
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Selling Iran Deal To Congress, Kerry Downplays Israeli Criticism
Secretary of State John Kerry has been urging Congress to hold off a new sanctions on Iran to see how diplomacy plays out. But many lawmakers are skeptical and cite concerns from Israel that the deal under consideration isn't worth easing up on sanctions yet. Kerry's spokesperson dismissed an Israeli official's account of the proposed deal as "inaccurate, exaggerated and not based on reality." And the secretary himself reportedly told senators behind closed doors that they should disregard the Israeli reports about the deal. Kerry's also been more vocal lately about Israeli settlement building in the West Bank as his other priority, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, falter.
Back To The Future: Calls Grow For A Military Ruler In Egypt
Egypt's post-revolution transition has been tumultuous. Now, many Egyptians are ready to settle for a return to the pre-revolution status quo: a strong, military man who can guide Egypt back to stability. Their hopes are pinned on Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.
Damaged Fuel Rods Removed At Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant successfully removed some radioactive fuel from one of the damaged reactors on Monday. It's an important first step, but there's a long way to go before the situation at the plant can be said to be completely under control
Small, Private Colleges Woo Veterans With Scholarships
Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are taking advantage of GI benefits to pay for higher education. But most are looking at large state schools or for-profit and online universities. Now, a new scholarship program in California focuses on veterans whose experiences and talents are better suited for smaller private liberal arts colleges.
How And Where Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?
There will be more big typhoons, some in poor countries, some in wealthier regions. But one thing we all share is a difficulty in keeping the next disaster in mind as we rebuild. Most cities are coastal, where even the certainty of big losses hasn't dissuaded people from moving into harm's way.
Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?
The U.S. landline network was once the best in the world. But these days, phone companies see them as a burden, an old technology too expensive to maintain. AT&T wants to start replacing the system with cheaper options. Some call it a hasty abandonment of the tried-and-true traditional network.
Cheney Sisters' Split Over Gay Marriage Plays Out On TV, Online
A public disagreement over same-sex marriage has escalated between the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate, says she supports the traditional definition of marriage. Her sister Mary Cheney, a married lesbian, says Liz is on the wrong side of history.