10:50am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Fall; Pace Is Weakest Of Year So Far

There was a 3.8 percent drop in sales of previously owned homes in May from April, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Also, the "seasonally adjusted annual rate" of 4.81 million was down 15.3 percent from May 2010, "when sales were surging to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit," NAR says.

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10:41am

Tue June 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Be Warned: FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Labels

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:43 am

Joe Bey enjoys a cigarette in Conner's Pub in Indianapolis.
AP

Everybody knew the graphic new cigarette labels the Food and Drug Administration would be disturbing. But the nine selected by the agency may still startle you.

The whole idea is that the labels will grab people by the lapels and be the visual equivalent of someone yelling: "Stop smoking!"

And, for the most part, the labels unveiled by the agency today live up to the advanced billing. Check out the ravaged teeth and damaged lip in the label on the left for starters.

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10:39am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Decisions On Afghan Strategy Won't End With Obama's Announcement

Marines pause during an operation earlier this month in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

All the usual cliches are being used in the run-up to Wednesday's expected announcement from President Obama about how fast and how soon the 30,000-or-so additional troops who went into Afghanistan during the "surge" will be coming home.

Milestone. Turning point. Critical.

Pick your word.

But this is worth bearing in mind:

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10:38am

Tue June 21, 2011
Europe

Thousands Gather At Stonehenge For Summer Solstice

Thousands of people swarmed over at the ancient rock formation of Stonehenge on Tuesday to celebrate the dawn of the summer solstice — the longest day of the year.

More than 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors shouted and banged drums and tambourines at the Stonehenge circle, a group of giant bounders in the middle of an English field, even though clouds blocked out the sunrise at 4:52 a.m. local time.

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9:56am

Tue June 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Huntsman Signals He Plans To Take High Road To White House

Based on an advance text of Jon Huntsman's kick off speech for his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he plans to take the high road to the White House.

In the first speech of his official presidential campaign, Huntsman declared he would disagree with President Obama, the Democrat in the White House, as well his fellow Republicans competing to oust the president, without demonizing them.

The former Utah governor also offers a dual vision of America — one of a dire future, the other more upbeat.

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9:45am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Huntsman 'About To Announce'

Only in the social media age can this sort of thing happen:

"About to announce my candidacy for president of the United States. Watch live at www.Jon2012.com and please RT #Jon2012," former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman just tweeted.

And his jon2012.com website is now up and running.

So, the Republican has announced that he's about to announce something that we all knew he was going to announce.

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9:27am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Man Says He Tried To Rob Bank Of $1 To Get Health Care In Prison

James Verone, who says he tried to rob a bank of $1 because he needs health care and thought he could get it in prison.
WCNC-TV

The part of this story that's getting attention across the nation is that James Verone of Gaston County, N.C., decided that the only way he could get adequate health care and a solid roof over his head would be to get himself arrested for trying to rob a bank of $1.

Verone, 59, says he has several medical problems, including a growth on this chest and two ruptured disks. He also says he's out of work and has no insurance.

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8:58am

Tue June 21, 2011
Europe

U.K. Police Arrest Suspect In Hacking Attacks

A 19-year-old man suspected of hacking attacks on international businesses and intelligence agencies has been arrested, British police said Tuesday.

London's Metropolitan Police said the suspect is in custody on suspicion of hacking and fraud offenses following a joint operation by its Internet crimes unit and the FBI.

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8:54am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Confidence Vote Today In Greece; Huntsman To Join Race For White House

Good morning.

There's word from Pakistan, as we just reported, that an army brigadier has been arrested on suspicion of having ties to a "banned organization" — Islamic militants. It's the first prominent report since the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden of a high-ranking Pakistani officer being accused of such a link.

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8:32am

Tue June 21, 2011
Opinion

The Root: First Lady's African Trip Not A Vacation

Cynthia Gordy is The Root's Washington reporter.

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