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4:07 am
Sat February 4, 2012

While Graceland Booms, Other Historic Homes Rot

Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.
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Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:03 am

Americans have always sought architectural brushes with greatness.

The nation's first president spent the night at so many inns and private houses that signs advertising "George Washington slept here" were regular roadside attractions even during his lifetime.

But only a few homes of celebrated figures, such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Elvis Presley's Graceland, have become sites that people go out of their way to visit. Most such places have been torn down, or fall into neglect and disrepair.

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Shots - Health Blog
5:48 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Komen's Race To Reverse Course: Questions And A P.R. Challenge

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 5:58 pm

Just three days after announcing it would no longer fund cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, the pink-ribboned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure abruptly reversed course today. But the Komen foundation's actions still leave many questions unanswered — not to mention a public relations challenge.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Legislative Update

Photo Credit: Peter St. Cyr

KUNM’s Gwyneth Doland stopped by Friday to give us an update on what’s happening at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  She’s been covering the 30-day session for NMpolitics.net and KNME TV.  Doland spoke to KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.

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The Conservation Beat
4:59 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

El Malpais Naturalist on Push to Reopen Caves

There’s been a deadly disease making its way West for the last five years.  It’s victims--bats.  Millions of them.  Scientists say White Nose Syndrome could even lead to the extinction of some species.  The disease has not been detected in New Mexico, but is so virulent that last year officials closed all the caves at El Malpais National Monument to prevent its potential spread. 

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Argentina, Britain Trade Barbs, As Prince William Arrives At Falklands

Argentine activists burn a Union Jack during a January protest in front of the British Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Sergio Goya AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 5:24 pm

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Planet Money
3:33 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Who Killed Lard?

Old school.
Steve Snodgrass Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 9:01 am

Ron Silver, the owner of Bubby's restaurant in Brooklyn, recently put a word on his menu you don't often see anymore: lard. The white, creamy, processed fat from a pig. And he didn't use the word just once.

For a one-night-only "Lard Exoneration Dinner", Silver served up lard fried potatoes. And root vegetables, baked in lard. Fried chicken, fried in lard. Roasted fennel glazed with lard sugar and sea salt. Pies, with lard inside and out. All from lard he made himself in the kitchen.

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Technology
3:30 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

How Did That Ad Make You Feel? Ask A Computer

On Super Bowl Sunday, an advertising startup that spun out from the research launches a website where ad viewers can have their emotions observed and catalogued.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 10:47 am

If you have ever called your bank, your phone company or even your own office and slammed head-on into a voicemail system that has made you want to scream, this story is for you.

That's because several researchers at MIT's Media Lab have decided the time has come to create computers that understand our emotions. They hope computerizing emotional intelligence could improve customer service, create new autism treatments and maybe even help make this weekend's Super Bowl ads more amusing. To help advance this work and gather information, they started a company — Affectiva.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Federal Prosecutors Drop Doping Case Against Cyclist Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong arrives at a training session during a rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 4:54 pm

Federal prosecutors say they have dropped its doping case against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. For two years, prosecutors looked into allegations that Armstrong and his United States Postal squad used performance-enhancing drugs.

The AP reports:

"In a press release, United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. says the case has been closed but didn't disclose the reason for the decision.

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It's All Politics
3:16 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Voting Heads West: A Nevada Republican Presidential Caucus Primer

Men arrive at a campaign rally for Mitt Romney in Elko, Nev., on Friday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 4:54 pm

While hotels along the Vegas Strip are full of Super Bowl fans and convention attendees this weekend, another event will be playing out Saturday at more than 100 locations across the state.

Nevada's Republican presidential caucuses will be taking place, not in expensive hotels, but mostly in low-key places like schools and firehouses.

David Gallagher of the Nevada state GOP says each county's local party is responsible for organizing its own caucus, so opening times vary.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

On Positive Jobs Report, Nasdaq Hits 11-Year High

The better-than-expected jobs numbers released today, sent the markets into positive territory they hadn't seen in years.

The Nasdaq Composite rose to an 11-year high, while the Dow hit its highest reading in almost four years. The S&P gained 1.4 percent, marking its best start to a new year since 1987.

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