National

2:18am

Mon October 29, 2012
Law

Surveillance Act Criticized, But Can It Be Fought?

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 3:14 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday considers whether to allow a challenge to a federal law that provides for large-scale electronic surveillance of international phone calls and emails. The case is not a direct test of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Rather, it is a test of whether the law can even be challenged in court at all.

How FISA Came To Be

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11:11am

Sun October 28, 2012
The Two-Way

East Coast Braces For Impact From Sandy

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:48 pm

High winds blow sea foam onto Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Sunday, as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area.
Gerry Broome AP

"The time for preparing and talking is about over." That's the message from Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Sandy, the monstrous superstorm that's churning its way to the U.S. East Coast, threatening millions of people.

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3:34am

Sat October 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Storm's Uncertain Track Defies Weather Rules

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 5:53 pm

In this satellite image provided Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extent of up to 2,000 miles churns over the Bahamas, as a line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaches the East Coast of the U.S.
Handout Getty Images

It's still unclear whether Sandy will be a devastating storm or just a bad one.

It is clear, however, that Sandy will be remembered as the storm that broke all the rules and baffled the nation's top weather forecasters.

Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded the storm from a hurricane to a tropical storm — only to return it to hurricane status a few hours later. Either way, forecasters warn, "widespread impacts" are expected along the coast.

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2:41pm

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Suspended Speedskating Coach Still In Demand As Sabotage Probe Expands

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 8:28 am

Short track speedskating coach Jae Su Chun, shown here in May 2010 at a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
Alexis C. Glenn UPI /Landov

The suspension of Jae Su Chun, the former head coach of the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Team, hasn't stopped some skating clubs from wanting to hire the embattled coach, even as an investigation expands into the most serious allegation against him.

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12:34pm

Fri October 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 2:01 pm

This laser's just pretty, not powerful: Artist Yvette Mattern's laser rainbow in Whitley Bay, England, earlier this year.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

"World's Most Powerful Laser Beams To Zap Nuclear Waste."

That Bloomberg Businessweek headline got our attention. We were imagining the explosion that might result.

But as it turns out, the zapping "could destroy nuclear waste and provide new cancer treatments," according to the story.

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