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Rundown for January 17, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Federal Prosecutor Says Aaron Swartz Case Handled Well

Boston-based U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says her office never sought maximum penalties in Swartz’s case and never told his attorneys it intended to.

12:15 PM EDT 208 Comments

Many Colorado Kids View Smoking Pot As Healthy

Healthy, organic, locally grown – that’s how some teenagers in Colorado describe marijuana. Attitudes might change even more, now that adult recreational use of marijuana is legal there.

12:35 PM EDT 4 Comments

Examining The Manti Te’o Fake Girlfriend Hoax

Media accounts surrounded Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o this season that his girlfriend died of leukemia in September. But it turns out she never existed.

12:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Car Industry Roaring Back At Detroit Auto Show

The hottest launch at the international auto show is the new Chevy Corvette. And with Asian and European economies slowing, the focus is back on the U.S. market.

12:45 PM EDT 3 Comments

Update: Oxygen Cancels ‘Babies’ Mamas’

After nearly universal outrage, the Oxygen Network has canceled its plans to air the one-hour reality special, “All My Babies’ Mamas” about Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 kids and their ten mothers.

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11 Great Books Recently Translated Into English

There is plenty of great literature that we miss out on because it’s not written in English. We take a look at some excellent books that have recently been translated into English.

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A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka of Pennsylvania and Martin Ganda of Zimbabwe became best friends – and better people – through their exchange.

Ana Sortun: How To Avoid The Biggest Mistakes In The Kitchen

The award-winning chef joins us in the kitchen for a demonstration on how to do it right, from greens to grains.

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Lincoln History Told Through Tree Rings

At President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865, the oak tree stood just a few feet from the event, shading the funeral choir.

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Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

"The Fishermen" is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.