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11:02 am
Mon August 19, 2013

N.J. Gov. Christie To Sign Bill Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen in 2011, signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight.
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Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:54 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to eschew convention: The Associated Press reports that he will sign a bill banning therapy that seeks to turn gay teens straight.

The AP adds:

"In a signing note accompanying the bill that will be made public Monday, Christie said he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin. ...

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Education
10:58 am
Mon August 19, 2013

California Upends School Funding To Give Poor Kids A Boost

Second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a worksheet in an English-learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School in June, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, California schools will receive an additional $3.6 billion this year, with much of it targeted to the neediest students.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree.

But they might soon.

California has revamped its school funding formula in ways that will send billions more dollars to districts that educate large numbers of children who are poor, disabled in some way or still learning to speak English.

It's an approach that numerous other states, from New York to Hawaii, have looked into lately. But none has matched the scale of the change now underway in the nation's largest state.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

End Of The Rainbow: Swedish Athlete Repaints Nails Red

Sweden's Emma Green Tregaro sports red nails as she waits to compete in the women's high jump final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Green Tregaro was told her rainbow-colored nail violated track's rules against political statements.
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Emma Green Tregaro, the Swedish athlete who painted her fingernails the colors of a rainbow to show support for gay rights, has repainted her nails red, after track and field's governing body warned that her nails flouted its ban on political statements at events.

Green Tregaro, who finished fifth in the high jump Saturday at the world championships in Moscow, had initially painted her fingernails as a subtle way to protest Russia's recent passage of a law banning gay "propaganda."

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Parallels
10:34 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The U.S. Defense Contractors That Benefit From Aid To Egypt

An Egyptian Apache helicopter flies over a crowd of pro-military demonstrators at Tahrir Square in Cairo on July 26. U.S. firms supply military hardware to the military, including the Apache helicopters.
Ed Giles Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:48 pm

For decades, Egypt has been one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign military aid, receiving everything from F-16s to tear gas grenades.

So who are the companies reaping the benefits?

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Mon August 19, 2013

VIDEO: A-Rod Gets Plunked, Then Gets Revenge

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch (you can see the ball just above his belt on the left side of his body) in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. He came back four innings later to hit a decisive home run.
Dominick Reuter Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 1:00 pm

There was high drama Sunday night at Boston's Fenway Park. In the second inning, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches that sure seemed to be designed to hit New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

How One Plus One Became Everything: A Puzzle of Life

Courtesy of Paolo Ceric

It's one of life's great mysteries ...

Four billion years ago, or thereabouts, organic chemicals in the sea somehow spun themselves into little homes, with insides and outsides. We call them cells.

They did this in different ways, but always keeping their insides in, protected from the outside world ...

... surrounded by walls or skins of different types ...

... but letting in essentials, nutrients. Some even learned to eat sunshine, capturing energy ...

... which gave them a pulse of their own ...

... so they could move ...

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Mon August 19, 2013

University Pages: LinkedIn Launches New College Profiles

The new University Pages on LinkedIn show which businesses employ a college's graduates, and the sectors of the economy in which they work.
LinkedIn

The professional connections site LinkedIn is launching a new section of its social network Monday: University Pages targets younger users who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools now have profile pages, according to LinkedIn. As part of the new effort, the company also dropped its minimum age to 14 in the U.S.

The new college profiles allow prospective students to see how many of a school's graduates are on LinkedIn, as well as a breakdown of the main fields in which they work. The pages also list the top employers of alumni.

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Parallels
8:53 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Sharp Decline In Chinese Executions Mirrors Global Trend

Chinese police show a group of convicts at a sentencing rally in the city of Wenzhou on April 7, 2004. Eleven prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Since then, the number of executions in China has significantly declined.
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Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:58 am

Executions in China are falling rapidly, in line with a trend worldwide, including in the U.S.

NPR reported on the decline in executions on Weekend Edition Sunday. An estimated 3,000 people were put to death in China last year. That number is down from an average of 15,000 a year in the 1990s.

The numbers are estimates because China doesn't release execution figures, which are considered a state secret.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Reports: Mubarak Might Be Freed While Awaiting New Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the dock during a court hearing in Cairo on June 8.
Amr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 10:47 am

As fears of civil war rise in Egypt, there are these reports that:

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