4:38pm

Thu December 9, 2010
It's All Politics

Senate Defeats 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The tortured path to ending the military's ban on openly gay American service members may have hit a dead end Thursday afternoon, when Majority Leader Harry Reid called for a vote on whether the Senate should begin work on the 2011 Defense Department bill that contains a "don't ask, "don't tell" repeal provision.

The vote, not surprisingly, failed 57-40, lacking the 60 votes Reid needed to beat back a promised Republican filibuster of the bill with repeal language.

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4:28pm

Thu December 9, 2010
Environment

Seafloor Samples Show Troubling Effects Of Oil Spill

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:40 am

A core sample from the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico contains oily debris and dead organisms, including this worm.
Richard Harris NPR

Scientists trying to determine the fate of the oil from the BP blowout recently dived in a mini-sub to look for it at the sea floor. And they found it -- or I should say we found it, since I was along on the dive.

To start our trip to the seafloor, three of us scrunched into the titanium hull of a submarine named Alvin, on the rear deck of the research vessel Atlantis, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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4:10pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Vote Falls Short In Senate

By a 57-40 vote, the Senate just failed to get the required 60 votes to move ahead with consideration of legislation to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military.

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3:42pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

Prince Charles' Rolls Royce Damaged By Protesters; He's 'Unharmed'

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are fine -- but their Rolls Royce has a cracked window and has been splattered with paint after a run-in with some of those who were in the streets of London today to protest the huge increases in tuition at U.K. universities.

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3:28pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

Education Dept. Slams Virginia Tech Over Response On Day Of Massacre

Virginia Tech officials "failed to issue adequate warnings in a timely manner" as a lone gunman stalked students and faculty on April 16, 2007, the Department of Education just announced.

Thirty-one people were killed. The gunman, student Seung-Hui Cho, took his own life at the scene.

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