9:46am

Wed April 24, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Tuesday was a long day for state legislators, the Alabama Senate was in session until 3 o'clock this morning debating bills.  One piece of legislation that won't be considered this year is a measure that would have repealed Common Core Education Standards for public schools. 

House Approved Budget

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9:33am

Wed April 24, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

God, Einstein And Games Of Chance

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"God doesn't play dice."

I'm sure the reader has heard this famous saying from Einstein in a 1926 letter to fellow physicist Max Born. Perhaps not so clear to most people is what God and what dice Einstein was referring to. His worries reflect a deep concern about how far our explanations of Nature can go. They speak to the heart of what science is, an issue that remains contentious to this day.

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9:02am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:37 am

This is a composite of 25 separate images spanning the period from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013. In a video, NASA has also collected three years' worth of such images and set them in a new video.
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8:40am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed In Collapse Of Bangladesh Garment Complex

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 1:27 pm

Relatives mourn a victim at the site of the building collapse.
A.M. Ahad AP

More than 85 people are dead and scores injured in Bangladesh after the collapse of an eight-story building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

The building, called Rana Plaza, housed several garment factories in the town of Savar. A firefighter at the scene told Reuters that about 2,000 people were inside when the upper floors jolted down on top of each other Wednesday.

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8:04am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:41 am

Protesters took to the streets of Paris on Tueday after parliament gave its final OK to a law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Yoan Valat EPA /LANDOV

"Clashes broke out between protesters and riot police near France's lower house of parliament late on Tuesday just hours after the country legalized gay marriage, with opponents of the law hurling projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas," France 24 reports.

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7:24am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Letters Reveal A Caustic But Affectionate Salinger

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:01 am

A photo of J.D. Salinger taken in September 1961.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:15am

Wed April 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:45 pm

A Massachusetts state trooper salutes Wednesday during the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

The latest developments in the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 7:36 p.m. ET. Suspect Unarmed When Arrested:

When police cornered Dzhokhar Tsarnev in a boat in Watertown, they said they traded fire with the Boston bombing suspect.

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7:03am

Wed April 24, 2013
Book Reviews

False Notes In Allende's Dear-Diary 'Notebook'

At 19, Maya Vidal, the California-born heroine of Isabel Allende's florid, frenzied and intermittently entertaining novel Maya's Notebook, has already busted out of a wilderness academy for troubled teens in Oregon, been raped and beaten by a trucker, worked as a girl Friday for a drug dealer/counterfeiter and done some $10 hooking in Las Vegas.

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6:03am

Wed April 24, 2013
Politics

What's Next In The Gun Control Debate?

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:20 am

Gun-control groups are regrouping after a bill to tighten background checks for gun sales failed to overcome a filibuster last week in the Senate. The failure was not only a stinging defeat for President Obama, it was also a setback for the new players in the debate.

6:03am

Wed April 24, 2013
Politics

Lawmakers Want To Avoid Drone Strike Abuses

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:20 am

A Senate committee has held the fist public hearing on the use of drones. Lawmakers say they want to establish some ground rules for deadly drone strikes to prevent abuses.

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