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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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  • Police Fire Tear Gas On Protesters In Turkey
    Turkish riot police cracked down on ongoing anti-government protests in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square on Tuesday.
  • Mandela Remains In Hospital In Serious Condition
    Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized since Saturday with a recurring lung infection. The government says his condition is unchanged — serious, but stable. But his poor health and advanced age — 94 — suggest the former president's days are numbered. Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu described the anti-apartheid campaigner as an "extraordinary gift".
  • Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development
    Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.
  • What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out
    Some experts are concerned that both in-school assignments and the books kids read for pleasure may not be challenging them enough.
  • Immigration Reform Bill Crosses First Hurdle In Senate
    The Senate's immigration bill cleared its first hurdles on the floor on Tuesday, winning enough votes for formal consideration. It's unclear whether that level of support will remain after the senators get done amending the overhaul.
  • Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration
    The immigration bill now under consideration by the Senate calls for drones to patrol the U.S. border 24/7. Supporters say that means more drones are needed. But critics argue there's no evidence the drones already flying are cost-effective.
  • Secrets Just As Hard To Maintain As Privacy In Digital Age
    It isn't just privacy that is at risk in this new era of Big Data collection. Secrecy is a casualty too. It used to be classified documents were kept in a safe and seen by a select view. Now a top secret document can be accessed by hundreds, if not thousands, all with the click of a mouse. Because of that the modalities of spying have changed. Now analysts can take an infinite number of secrets with them by just putting them on a thumb drive, but it's a counter-intelligence nightmare.
  • Aristotle's Daughter Comes Of Age In 'The Sweet Girl'
    Canadian writer Annabel Lyon has a special gift when it comes to time travel. Her new novel The Sweet Girl carries us back to ancient Greece, where a teenage girl learns from her philosopher father and fights for her safety in a dangerous world. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the novel is a triumph.
  • Despite Critics, Russia Promises A Grand Olympic Spectacle
    The challenges include mild winter weather, high costs and residents who have lost their homes. But Russia says it will put on a great show when the 2014 Winter Olympics come to Sochi next February.
  • ACLU Sues Feds Over Surveillance Program
    The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government over the National Security Agency's phone and Internet surveillance program.

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