Local News
7:59 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Report: NSA Can Access Most Smartphone Data

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BERLIN — German news weekly Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access users' data on all major smartphones.

The magazine cites internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices.

This data includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location data.

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Environment
7:22 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

A white snowshoe hare against a brown background makes the animal easy prey.
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Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:40 pm

The effects of climate change often happen on a large scale, like drought or a rise in sea level. In the hills outside Missoula, Mont., wildlife biologists are looking at a change to something very small: the snowshoe hare.

Life as snowshoe hare is pretty stressful. For one, almost everything in the forest wants to eat you.

Alex Kumar, a graduate student at the University of Montana, lists the animals that are hungry for hares.

"Lynx, foxes, coyotes, raptors, birds of prey. Interestingly enough, young hares, their main predator is actually red squirrels."

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National News
7:19 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test

President Obama holds a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday on the sideline of the G-20 summit.
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Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:11 am

President Obama has come home from the Group of 20 summit with essentially no more international support for a strike on Syria than when he left the U.S.

He spent the last three days in Sweden and Russia, lobbying U.S. allies on the sidelines and on the public stage, with little movement.

The conflict has presented perhaps the biggest challenge yet to Obama's multilateralist inclinations.

'A Hard Sell'

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Rick Pitino to Join Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday

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University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today.

Pitino, who guided the Cardinals to a national title in April, is part of a seven member class that includes retired NBA players Bernard King and Gary Payton and former coaches Guy Lewis and Jerry Tarkanian.

The group will be inducted this  afternoon in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Tokyo Will Host The 2020 Summer Olympics, Beating Out Istanbul

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Games, IOC officials said Saturday. In Tokyo, five-time Paralympian Wakako Tsuchida, left, and former Olympic athletes Hiromi Miyake, center, and Yoshiyuki Miyake cheer the news.
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Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 5:51 pm

It will be Tokyo, not Istanbul or Madrid, who hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee and its president, Jacques Rogge, announced in Buenos Aires Saturday. Rival city Madrid was eliminated in the first round of voting. We have updated this post with the latest news.

Update at 4:55 p.m. ET: Voting Tally Detailed

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Local News
4:00 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

College Football: Cards Beat EKU; Kentucky Notches First Win; WKU Falls to Vols

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Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and John Wallace added three field goals as the number eight Louisville Cardinals defeated Eastern Kentucky 44-7 today at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

U of L improves to 2-0 on the season heading into next week’s showdown with the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The Wildcats (1-1) captured their first victory for new head coach Mark Stoops, defeating Miami (Ohio) 41-7 at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Cards and Cats will square off next Saturday at noon.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Deep In The Pacific, Scientists Discover Biggest Volcano On Earth

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William Sager University of Houston

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:10 pm

The world's largest volcano has until now been lurking undiscovered in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, according to a team of scientists who identified the massive object and reported their findings in the latest issue of Nature Geoscience.

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It's All Politics
6:39 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Opponents of Syria Strikes Gain Edge In Lobbying Fight

President Obama answers a question regarding the situation in Syria during his news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 6:35 am

The interest groups opposed to U.S. military strikes against Syria had a very good week. That made it a very bad week for President Obama and those who support his plans.

Anna Galland, executive director of the liberal MoveOn.org — which opposes military action in Syria — said that by midweek, her group's members reported making 10,000 calls to Congress, contributing to an avalanche of calls from citizens opposed to military strikes.

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