Facebook privacy
12:49 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Updated: Facebook wanted journalists to sign non-disclosures before news conference

Facebook is apparently pretty concerned about privacy – especially its own.

After announcing that Facebook and the State Attorney General’s office would announce a “joint legal strategy" this morning, the AG’s office followed up with an email requiring journos sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The email was sent to all journalists invited to the press conference at Facebook's Seattle office involving company officials and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Aberdeen paying $100,000 to bullied student

Russell Dickerson III (right) sued the Aberdeen School District for not protecting him from racial and sexual harassment. He will get $100,000 in a settlement with the district.
Charla Bear KPLU

An African-American man who was bullied when he was a student in Aberdeen has won a major settlement from the school district. Russell Dickerson III sued the district in federal court for not stopping his classmates from harassing him throughout junior high and high school. 

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The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Pentagon proposes cutting 100,000 ground troops

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 12:18 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the the Pentagon will propose a $33 billion cut in the military's budget, for the 2013 fiscal year.

The AP reports that will be achieved by reducing ground forces by 100,000 and by eliminating older aircraft.

The AP reports:

"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells a Pentagon news conference the administration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus another $88 billion for operations in Afghanistan. Combined, those totals are about $33 billion less than the Pentagon is spending this year.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:22 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Home births grow more popular in U.S.

Shannon Earle holds her new baby Kiera Breen Earle, moments after she was born at their home last year.
Amanda Steen NPR

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 9:36 am

The number of women delivering babies at home in the United States has increased significantly, according to the latest government data released Thursday.

Home births increased by 29 percent between 2004 and 2009.

The upward trend is being welcomed by some advocates of home births and midwives, but it's also raising concern among some doctors.

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Law
10:26 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Prosecutors won’t support bail reform package

Lawmakers are scheduled to take testimony Wednesday on a proposal to overhaul the state’s bail system. But now two key constituencies have yanked their support.

County prosecutors and an organization representing frontline police officers say they will oppose the measure because it doesn’t require defendants put down a minimum amount before bailing out of jail.

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Death penalty
10:17 am
Thu January 26, 2012

End of death penalty in Washington eyed to save money

Annie Capestany, of Walla Walla, Wash., showed her opposition to the death penalty outside the Washington State Penitentiary in 2010 just prior to the execution of Cal Coburn Brown, the state's most recent execution.
The Associated Press

"I clearly wanted him dead. But I got smart."

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing in Olympia.

Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed “the man too fat to hang.” He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead.

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National Security
9:46 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Obama's Military Tactics: Risky Missions, Elite Units

President Obama has called on small, elite military units to carry out several risky operations in the past year, like the hostage rescue this week in Somalia. Here, Navy SEALs are shown during a training exercise at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
John Scorza U.S. Navy

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 11:51 am

President Obama has authorized several risky military missions in the past year and can claim major successes: the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan; the airstrike that killed terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen; and the ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan.

The latest operation, a hostage rescue in Somalia carried out by Navy SEALs, is part of a pattern established by a commander in chief who has shown a clear preference for limited, small-scale military action.

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Opinion
9:39 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Foreign policy: The old guns and butter routine

Turkish army generals, including the acting chief of staff General Necdet Ozel, take part in the Victory Day celebrations, marking the 89th anniversary of Turkey's Independance War in Ankara on Aug. 30, 2011. Turkey's military has historically held significant sway in the country.
Adem Atlan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 9:01 am

Christian Caryl, a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy, is the editor of Democracy Lab.

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Business
9:27 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Agriculture industry 'Tremendous Force' in Idaho economy

Agriculture is a tremendous force in shaping the Idaho economy, according to John Hammel, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. Hammel told state budget writers Wednesday that the industry’s strength comes from its diversity.

“It is tremendously diverse, with over 150 commodities grown statewide, and has a growing livestock sector, which is led by dairy production. This diversity minimizes the impact to Idaho from a downturn in any particular agricultural sector,” says Hammel.

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Business
9:23 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Labor groups want job stimulus plan

Labor leaders in Washington are urging state lawmakers to pass a $2 billion construction jobs package. The Washington State Labor Council and other labor organizations held a press conference Wednesday in Olympia.

Among them, unemployed worker Ben Mahre . He says he lost his job a year and a half ago, and with it, his retirement fund and medical benefits.

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