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Rundown for August 8, 2013
12:06 PM EST 3 Comments

Southern Calif. Wildfire The Latest In A Devastating Season

A thousand firefighters are battling a wildfire burning out of control across more than 15 square miles of Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

12:15 PM EST 4 Comments

U.S. Ramps Up Drone Strikes In Yemen

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least six alleged militants in Yemen today. It seems to be part of the response to a recent terrorist threat against the West.

12:20 PM EST Comment

A Closer Look At Yemen, Post-Arab Spring

Observers say Yemen is managing its post-Arab Spring transition better than its neighbors. That’s impressive, considering that it’s the poorest country in the Arab world.

12:35 PM EST Comment

High Numbers Of Dead Dolphins On East Coast

Scientists along the East Coast are alarmed and puzzled by the number of dead bottlenose dolphins that have been washing up on beaches from Virginia to New York.

12:40 PM EST Comment

Amber Alert For Southern California Children Expands

The amber alert that was issued in California for two children, Hannah and Ethan Anderson, ages 16 and 8, has been extended to Washington and Oregon. The suspect is a family friend.

12:45 PM EST 2 Comments

Using Public Art To Boost A Depressed Town

Saginaw, Michigan, struggles with poverty, violence and crime. Even locals call it “sag-nasty.” One artist is tired of all the negativity and is using art to change the way the town sees itself.

12:50 PM EST 7 Comments

Austin Music Goes Beyond City Limits

Music journalist David Brown of KUT and KUTX brings us new music out of Austin, Texas, from five bands and artists including Danny Malone, Sam Baker, Wiretree, The Boxing Lesson and Not in the Face.

1:05 PM EST 3 Comments

Egypt Peace Talks End In ‘Dangerous Stalemate’

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi continue sit-ins in Cairo and beyond, following failed negotiations between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government.

1:15 PM EST 18 Comments

Medical Crowdfunding Attracts Top Silicon Valley Investors

Watsi — one of the fastest growing non-profits in web history — puts up pictures and profiles of people around the world who need money for medical care. It’s like Kickstarter for medical care.

1:35 PM EST Comment

Why America Is Drinking Less Beer

According to Gallup’s new alcoholic preferences survey, the steepest decline in beer drinkers has occurred among young people and non-white drinkers — the fastest growing segments of the country.

1:40 PM EST Comment

A Family’s Painful Wait For Verdict In Bulger Trial

The jury is in its third day of deliberations in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger. For the families of his 19 alleged murder victims, the wait for the verdict has been part of a long, painful journey.

1:45 PM EST Comment

Debate Over End Of Ramadan Complicates Doing Business

Today marks the end of Ramadan — or does it? A theological debate surrounding the end of the holiday is making diplomacy and business in the Muslim world a bit more complicated.

1:49 PM EST 8 Comments

Veteran Documents His Unit In Tintype Photographs

Staff Sgt. Ed Drew brought his photography equipment from art school to Afghanistan, including equipment to make tintypes — a photographic technique from the Civil War.

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Mobile Gaming Prepares To Overtake Traditional Video Games

The developer behind "Monument Valley," dubbed the best mobile game of 2014, discusses what's going on in the industry.

March 4 31 Comments

Social Security: How To Get What’s Yours

How and when you tap into Social Security benefits can dramatically alter how much money you get.

March 3 3 Comments

Burying Grief In Training A Goshawk

In her award-winning book "H Is for Hawk," Helen Macdonald tells the story of training a vicious predator after her father's death.

March 3 14 Comments

The End Of The Lunch Hour

Studies show that only one in five people actually take a break and leave their desks to eat.