Law
10:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Proposition 8 Proponents Fight For Appeal Rights

The latest round in the legal battle over same sex marriage will be fought Tuesday in a hearing before the California State Supreme Court.

The arguments will focus not so much on same-sex marriage itself, but on Proposition 8, the voter-approved initiative banning such marriages. A federal judge has ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional and the issue before the court on Tuesday is whether proponents of the initiative have the legal authority, or standing, to pursue an appeal.

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Science
10:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

A Final Smash For America's Giant Particle Collider

A view inside the Tevatron ring, currently in its final days as a particle superhighway.
Reider Hahn Fermilab

A physicist named Dmitri Denisov walks up wooden steps to the top of something that looks sort of like an abandoned railroad bed.

"Wow, look, it's beautiful," Denisov says, gazing out at a pond. "I didn't even know about these flowers."

The tall mound of dirt he's standing on stretches off into the distance, forming a huge circle nearly four miles around — and the inside of this ring is filled with acres of restored prairie.

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The Picture Show
10:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

A Beautiful View, But Still A Battle Zone

Pfc. Natan Martinez fires a machine gun at an enemy fighting position near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:27 am

Observation Post Mustang sits high in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. At an altitude of 5,600 feet, the soldiers stationed there from the Army's 2-27th Infantry Regiment have a stunning view of the Kunar River Valley far below.

But it's not all just beautiful vistas and clean mountain air. On Sunday, the forward operating base that sits in the valley below took enemy fire. NPR's David Gilkey, who is embedded with the 2-27th Infantry, photographed American soldiers as they engaged in a firefight with insurgents across the valley.

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Conservation Grant
6:24 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Innovators share conservation grant

CASPER, WY (wpr) - The Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service will divide $160,000 among three recipients as Conservation Innovation Grants.

It's the first year the grants have been awarded. Cheryl Grapes of the NRCS says the money will support proven technologies and methods that could be adopted in the state.

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Nursing Grant
6:15 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Grant meant to promote uniform curriculum for Wyoming nurses

Mary Burman
University of Wyoming

LARAMIE, WY (wpr) - Partners Investing in Nursing's Future issued a grant to the non-profit Wyoming Community Foundation last week.

The foundation will distribute the grants to fund two main goals. The first is leadership development among Wyoming nurses.

Grant Project Director Mary Burman, says the other goal is to draw more nurses graduating from baccalaureate programs.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
1:14 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Memories Of Sept. 11's First Casualty Burn Bright

Father Mychal Judge became a fire department chaplain in 1992 — and he liked to join company drills. One retired fireman recalls, "I could picture him, chopping down a door with an axe. He would love to do that, too."
Holy Name Province Franciscans

When planes hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Father Mychal Judge ran into the North Tower alongside the firemen he served. Not long after, he became the first recorded victim of the terrorist attacks.

But 10 years later, his friends and colleagues remember Judge as vividly in death as they knew him in life: a gregarious, irreverent man wholly devoted to God, whom many considered a saint, in large part because of his own personal struggles.

Priest On A Fire Ladder

From the first, Mychal Judge loved to be where the action is.

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Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

'Mother Nature Has The Upperhand' In Wildfire Fight

A tinderbox landscape and unusually windy conditions have caused more than 60 wildfires to explode across Central and East Texas — creating a hellish Labor Day for thousands of Texans. Two people have been killed so far.

The worst fire is in Bastrop County, just southeast of Austin, where the blaze has been burning out of control for more than a day.

No one in Bastrop has ever seen anything like it. The tall, pine forests that were a favorite getaway for campers and city commuters have erupted into an inferno.

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Economy
12:46 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Obama: Time To End Washington 'Games' Over Jobs

President Obama speaks during Labor Day celebrations Monday outside General Motors' headquarters in Detroit.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama said Monday that congressional Republicans must put their country ahead of their party and vote to create new jobs as he used a boisterous Labor Day rally to aim a partisan barb at the GOP.

In a preview of the jobs speech he will deliver on Thursday to Congress, Obama said there are numerous roads and bridges that need rebuilding in the U.S., and over 1 million unemployed construction workers who are available to build them.

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Asia
12:22 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Pakistan Says It Has Captured Senior Al-Qaida Leader

An undated photograph purportedly shows senior al-Qaida leader Younis al-Mauritani, who was arrested by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency in Quetta.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 1:44 am

Pakistan's military announced Monday that the country's main intelligence agency has captured a senior al-Qaida leader responsible for planning and conducting international operations.

Younis al-Mauritani, also known as The Mauritanian, was among three suspected al-Qaida operatives captured in the city of Quetta, which is the capital of southwest Baluchistan and has long been a transit point for militants crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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The Road Back To Work
12:05 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Bumps On The Road Back To Work

Casaundra Bronner returned to work in July and says being able to walk her daughters to the bus in the morning is one of the benefits of her new job at a small company.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 2:09 pm

Part of an ongoing series.

Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job.

Back in January, we gave six people, all living in St. Louis, Mo., digital recorders and asked them to document their experience as they went through the process of looking for a job.

Working, Still Struggling

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