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1:08pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Connecticut Firefighters Settle Reverse Discrimination Suit For $2 Millions

Twenty white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., have settled their reverse discrimination case with the city for $2 million in back pay, additional pension benefits and interest. The city will also cough up about $3 million to cover the firefighters' legal costs.

The Hartford Courant explains the how the case came to court:

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1:06pm

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Court Will Consider Petition To Bar Texas Governor From Prayer Rally

Today, a federal court heard arguments from a group that wants it to issue a restraining order to stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a prayer and fasting rally planned for Aug. 6 in Houston.

As we reported last month, Perry, a potential presidential candidate, called on his fellow Americans and his fellow governors to join in him in "asking God's forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation."

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12:53pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Middle East

Worries Grow Over Palestinian U.N. Bid

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 9:46 am

Negotiating Palestinian statehood was an early priority for President Obama's administration. But these days, U.S. diplomats are spending much of their time trying to stop the Palestinians from going to the United Nations to try to win diplomatic recognition.

Palestinians say they have no other choice, since negotiations are deadlocked.

Some former Israeli officials came to Washington this week to urge the U.S. to help.

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12:47pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Research News

Shining Light (Literally) On The Workings Of Cells

Science/AAAS

Scientists would like to know more about how cells work. But seeing what's happening inside a cell isn't easy. It's dark in there, and even if you shine a light, many of the critical chemical reactions are invisible.

Now, a team of researchers has found a way to reveal the invisible by attaching what amounts to a reflective tag to a chemical called RNA, a close relative of DNA. Molecules made of RNA have a variety of important jobs inside cells and frequently, doing those jobs requires the RNA to shuttle from one part of the cell to another.

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12:30pm

Thu July 28, 2011
World Cafe

Thao And Mirah On World Cafe

Singer-songwriters Thao and Mirah recently paired up for a new collaborative project and perform together on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriters Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlin are more commonly known on a first-name-only basis as Thao and Mirah. Last year, the two friends decided to take a break from their respective solo careers and work together on a collaborative project. The result is Thao & Mirah, released earlier this year on Kill Rock Stars to a warm popular and critical reception.

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