Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

State Of Emergency In Arizona As Wildfire Spreads

A massive blaze continues to spread across part of northeastern Arizona, "devouring thousands more acres of forest" and forcing more evacuations from communities in its path, the Arizona Republic writes. Smoke is drifting over neighboring states and has been detected as far away as Iowa.

The newspaper adds that "Gov. Jan Brewer [R] declared a state of emergency for the area and ordered the state's emergency-operations center into action."

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Tue June 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Yemeni President Suffered Burns, Collapsed Lung

Thousands of Yemeni anti-government protesters demonstrated in the city of Ibb on Monday (June 6, 2011).
AFP/Getty Images

We're hearing more this morning about the extent of the injuries that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered when his palace was attacked on Friday.

According to CNN:

"Saleh suffered burns on 40% of his body and a collapsed lung, U.S. government officials briefed on the matter said, as the fate of the embattled leader — and whether he will return to the conflict in Yemen — remains uncertain."

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Tue June 7, 2011
Monkey See

What Does It Mean When A Politician Takes Full Responsibility?

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted yesterday to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

What does it mean to "take responsibility"?

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Tue June 7, 2011

French Woman Gets Calls After Politician's Remark

In France, the female name for "regular guy" is Madame Dugenou. And when a presidential candidate said he hoped to convince Madame Dugenou, one French woman listed by that name in the phone book was suddenly bombarded with calls.


Tue June 7, 2011
Strange News

Annual Shin-Kicking Contest Draws Crowd

The shin kicking world championships took place over the weekend in Gloucestershire, England. It involves two people kicking each other's shins until one falls over.


Tue June 7, 2011
Around the Nation

L.A. Worries About State's Plan To Reduce Inmates

Los Angeles is bracing for what happens when California releases more than 30,000 inmates from the state's prison system. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered counties and other states to help ease state prison overcrowding, but L.A. jails already are well over capacity.


Tue June 7, 2011

Rep. Weiner Says He Won't Resign Over Lewd Photo

At a news conference in New York Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted he sent a lewd photo of himself over the Internet. He also said he carried on inappropriate Internet conversations with a half dozen women. Weiner said he was ashamed and embarrassed, but added he would not resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation.


Tue June 7, 2011
Middle East

Syria: 120 Government Troops Killed By Gunmen

The Syrian government says armed gangs have killed at least 120 government troops in a town near the Turkish border. The fighting could mark a turning point in what has been a largely peaceful uprising. Government officials have vowed to deal with the killings decisively, and activists say many residents are fleeing in anticipation of a major military attack.


Tue June 7, 2011
First Listen

First Listen: Marissa Nadler, 'Marissa Nadler'

Originally published on Sun June 5, 2011 9:58 pm

Marissa Nadler's new self-titled album comes out June 14.
Courtney Brooke Hall Courtesy of the artist

Since her 2004 debut, Boston's Marissa Nadler has drawn a big response from a small crowd. Her dreamy, fragile folk songs are revered among an assortment of tastemakers, but they haven't yet broken through to a larger audience. Her new self-titled album, recorded at the same Philadelphia studio where Sharon Van Etten made last year's Epic, should help change all that.

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Tue June 7, 2011
All Tech Considered

Microsoft, Sony Unveil Offerings At E3

The Electronics Entertainment Expo, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, is the annual gathering of the video game industry. An event that was once open to the public, E3 became invitation-only in 2007. It draws video game companies, manufacturers, analysts, media and other entertainment professionals and investors from more than 80 countries, which gather for three days of product demonstrations for video game consoles, handheld devices, computers and tablets.

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