The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Wait A Minute ... Or Three Years: Leap Second's Fate Put Off

The timekeepers at the International Telecommunication Union's Radiocommunication Assembly, who were supposed to decide this week whether to keep or eliminate the leap second, have decided to take some more time to decide.

Three years, apparently, the BBC reports.

The experts, it says, "were unable to reach a consensus, so moved the matter to a meeting in 2015."

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Thu January 19, 2012

After Digging Out Snow, Washington Is Hit With Ice Storm

Amelia McHugh, 9, right, and her father, Noel McHugh, left, cross-country ski, in front of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Wednesday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Washington, which over the past few days has gotten an unusual amount of snow, is getting another round of unexpected weather. Here's the Seattle PI's lede this morning:

"First snow, now ice."

And the ice, which coated the roads, trees, and power lines is continuing the havoc that the snow brought.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Auction Of Audubon Set On Friday Could Mark New Record For Books

One of the 400 engraved images in the Audubon set: a Common American Swan.
Christie's AP

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 11:08 am

A rare four-volume set — John James Audubon's Birds of America — stands a good chance of becoming the most expensive such books ever auctioned on Friday.

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News
11:02 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The State Building Commission implements new rule

Public displays and demonstrations will no longer be permitted in an underground tunnel leading into the State
Capitol.  The State Building Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday to approve a new policy on public use of Capitol Complex buildings.
     Republican Rep. Amy Edmonds, of Cheyenne, says the policy change is an overreaction and infringes on free speech.  But commission member Secretary of State Max Maxfield says the
tunnel is intended for foot traffic only and groups can still use the Herschler Building next door to the Capitol.

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News
10:59 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Bonding for coal gasification plant moves forward

The Carbon County Commission has approved
resolutions supporting a Texas company's plan to issue $545 million
in bonds to help fund construction of a planned $2 billion
coal-to-gasoline plant.
     The commission unanimously endorsed issuing $300-million in industrial
development bonds and $245 million in tax exempt bonds.
     DKRW officials have asked the State of Wyoming to purchase the
$300-million bond issue. The $245-million bond issue would be sold
on the open market.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Endoscope Captures First Glimpse Inside Crippled Japanese Reactor

The images are blurred by steam and obscured by radiation. But they are the first look we've gotten inside Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor that was crippled by a tsunami last year.

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Mitt Romney
10:11 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Who Exactly Is 'The Real Romney'?

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 11:45 am

In a new biography, two longtime Boston Globe reporters write about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a complicated man who also "loves dichotomies ... strong versus weak, stagnation versus prosperity, leadership versus drift."

On their hunt for The Real Romney, Scott Helman and Michael Kranish traced Romney's life from his childhood in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to his career at private equity firm Bain Capital, and then to his work in politics — first as the governor of Massachusetts and then as a presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.

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Music Interviews
10:08 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Kathleen Edwards: A Breakup Song's Bigger Picture

Kathleen Edwards' new album is Voyageur.
Tanja-Tiziana Burd

Kathleen Edwards is a singer-songwriter from Canada who just released her fourth album, Voyageur. There's a lot of heartache and self-doubt on the record, and that makes sense — much of it was written around the time of Edwards' divorce from her husband and musical collaborator. The song "Pink Champagne" would seem to be a case in point: It takes place at a wedding where a young bride is second-guessing her decision. But Edwards says the message of that song isn't quite so literal.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:05 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Stories About High Health Care Costs Win Prizes

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:39 am

If you're bugged by cost problems you find in health care, you can draw attention to them (and blow off a little steam) by writing about them. And if you're really lucky your work might help change things.

Who knows? You might even make a little cash. Essays from four people just won them $1,000 each in the second annual Costs of Care contest.

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