The Two-Way
8:38 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is Unconstitutional

Former President Bill Clinton (and then-Vice President Al Gore) in 1996, the year Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act.
Stephen Jaffe Reuters /Landov

Times were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today's Washington Post.

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Shots - Health News
8:15 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Man's Journey From Nepal To Texas Triggers Global TB Scramble

Although tuberculosis is declining around the world, drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are on the rise.
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Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:47 am

We don't know too much about a Nepalese man who's in medical isolation in Texas while being treated for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, the most difficult-to-treat kind. Health authorities are keen to protect his privacy.

But we do know that he traveled through 13 countries — from South Asia to somewhere in the Persian Gulf to Latin America — before he entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico in late November. He traveled by plane, bus, boat, car and on foot.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Coroner: Zoo Intern May Have Been Killed After Lion Lifted Cage Handle

An undated photo of Dianna Hanson provided by her brother, Paul Hanson.
Paul Hanson Associated Press

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:19 am

A woman killed by a 550-pound male lion at a conservancy near Fresno, Calif., earlier this week may have been caught by surprise after the animal escaped its cage, investigators say.

According to a preliminary autopsy, Dianna Hanson, a 24-year-old intern for Cat Haven, was killed Wednesday when the lion snapped her neck.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Pyongyang To Cut North-South Hotline, Cancel Nonaggression Pact

A North Korean soldier reacts as he patrols along the Yalu River near the Chinese border last month.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 10:22 am

North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions aimed at starving its nuclear program by vowing to cut a Cold War-style hotline and scrap a nonaggression pact with the South.

State-run media said North Korea "abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South ... and also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline."

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 7:54 am

There were 236,000 jobs added to payrolls in February — many more than expected — and the jobless rate unexpectedly dropped by two-tenths of a point, to 7.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

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Local News
6:24 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senate Votes To Cut Tax On Microbreweries

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The New Mexico Senate has voted to cut taxes on microbreweries.

The bill is sponsored by Sandia Park Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, who says it is designed to not only expand the microbrewery business in New Mexico but help rural downtown areas like Moriarty that have breweries that draw tourists. The bill would eliminate a tax increase on businesses that produce more than 5,000 gallons.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Fri March 8, 2013

150 Years Later, Civil War Sailors Get Arlington Burial

In this undated photograph provided by Naval History and Heritage Command, the crew of USS Monitor relax just outside of its turret.
U.S. Navy

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:04 pm

(Updated at 7 p.m. ET.)

More than 150 years after they died when their ship sank during a storm, two Union sailors from the Civil War were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.

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Local News
6:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Straight-ticket Balloting Option Clears Senate

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A proposal to restore the option of voting a straight party ticket in New Mexico elections is heading to the House.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday on a party-line 24-17 vote. Democrats supported the proposal and Republicans opposed it.

Until the 2012 general election, voters could support a party's slate of candidates by making one mark on the ballot or pressing a single button on a machine.

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Local News
6:22 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Senate Approves Government Pension Overhaul

 The Senate has approved a proposal to revamp benefits and eligibility of a pension system for more than 86,000 state and local government workers and retirees.

Supporters said Thursday the changes are necessary to improve the long-term solvency of the Public Employees Retirement Association, which has a $6 billion gap between its assets and the cost of future retirement benefits.

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Local News
6:17 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Pearce Looks To WIPP To Help Solve Nuke Problem

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 A top official in U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's office says the Republican congressman believes the federal government's nuclear waste repository in New Mexico can handle shipments of radioactive waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

Federal officials have proposed shipping as many as 3 million gallons of waste from underground tanks at Hanford to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The proposal would need state approval.

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