Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Female Vets Navigate Post-War Stress, Home Duties

The first in a series about the challenges female veterans face as they transition to civilian life.

America's female veteran population has grown to an estimated 1.9 million, and the Department of Veterans Affairs projects 50,000 more servicewomen will join that population in the next five years. When they return, many will pick up where they left off, as mothers, wives and caretakers.

In Philadelphia, some female veterans are dealing with family responsibilities while still struggling to cope with the lingering effects of war.

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Closing Walter Reed
10:01 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Walter Reed Center's Closure May Be A Boon To D.C.

This satellite image shows how the Walter Reed Campus will be divided between the District of Columbia (purple) and the State Department (yellow). The District's 67-acre portion includes both the old and new hospital buildings.
D.C. Planning and Economic Development Office

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center has a storied past. It has been the country's leading Army hospital for more than 100 years, sitting on a complex that includes a Civil War battlefield. There was a time when 16,000 patients a year sought treatment for wounds of war or illness.

By the end of August, all the patients and doctors will have left, moved to Bethesda and Fort Belvoir as the Army consolidates its bases. But as one era closes, another opens: Washington, D.C., may be left with nearly 70 acres of prime real estate.

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News
6:24 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Three die in oil explosion

Three people are dead in an explosion at an oil storage site in Converse County.
The Casper Star Tribune reports that the explosion and fire occurred at about 10 a.m. Monday. The workers who died were all with the Samson Resources Company. Their identities have not been released.
The Converse County Sheriff's Office reports that the site is
now secured. Phil Schmucker is senior vice president of operations for
Samson. He stated in a media release that the company's thoughts
and prayers are with the friends and family of those who died.

News
6:22 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Officials Confirm Yellowstone Hiker Killed By Grizzly

On Friday morning, two hikers found the body of 59-year-old Michigan man, John Wallace, on the 21-mile Mary Mountain Trail. Officials suspect that Wallace went hiking either Wednesday or Thursday based on evidence that he had set up camp near the trail.

Park Spokesman Al Nash says officials have combed the scene of the incident for forensic information, and an autopsy was performed yesterday afternoon.

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News
6:20 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Officials Confirm Yellowstone Hiker Killed By Grizzly

On Friday morning, two hikers found the body of 59-year-old Michigan man, John Wallace, on the 21-mile Mary Mountain Trail. Officials suspect that Wallace went hiking either Wednesday or Thursday based on evidence that he had set up camp near the trail.

Park Spokesman Al Nash says officials have combed the scene of the incident for forensic information, and an autopsy was performed yesterday afternoon.

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All Tech Considered
5:38 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Farmville Burns, Is Saved; No Need To Panic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's George Mathis may have started a panic earlier today, when he wrote the headline "Farmville is burning." But he quickly clarified that this was an actual, not a virtual, fire:

Before you rush off to rescue your Facebook plantation, know that this Farmville is an unincorporated area in Gordon County, located in northwest Georgia.

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Around the Nation
5:00 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

From Cheerleader To Air Force To A New Life

"I had to learn to deal with it on my own," Victoria Blumenberg, 25, says of the stress of her deployment to Iraq with the Air Force Reserves. Here, she visits a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., with Pete Kneski.
Julie Rose WFAE

The second part of our series about the challenges female veterans face as they transition back into civilian life.

What happens when a teenage girl spends her formative years in the military — tracking terrorists, enduring rocket attacks and holding her own in a rough, male-dominated environment?

The skills that make an excellent airman don't always match what the world expects of a young civilian woman.

Victoria Blumenberg was a champion cheerleader in high school.

"I was on dance teams. I did all of that girlie stuff," she says.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Polygamist Warren Jeffs In Critical Condition

Warren Jeffs arrives at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas, on July 29, 2011.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Three weeks after a conviction for child sexual abuse, polygamist leader Warren Jeffs remains in critical but stable condition in a Texas hospital.

Jeffs, 55, was rushed from prison Sunday night to a hospital in Tyler, Tx. Officials there refuse to discuss Jeffs' condition but a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) says Jeffs was hospitalized after a three-day fast.

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The Two-Way
3:54 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Vermont Floods May Be As Bad As 'Monumental' 1927 Flood

In Vermont, Tropical Storm Irene will not be remembered as overhyped. The flash floods its pounding rains created have proved historic. Scott Whittier of the National Weather Service told Vermont Public Radio they will compared the floods of 1973 and the "monumental flood" of 1927.

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Latin America
3:50 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Wiretapping Scandal Shakes Colombia

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (left) speaks during a public congressional hearing in Bogota Aug. 8 about allegations that the country's intelligence service spied on high court judges during his government.
Eitan Abramovich AFP/Getty Images

In Colombia, a major scandal involving the country's intelligence service is unfolding. Colombia's chief prosecutor says the spy service bugged the Supreme Court, intercepted the phones of its justices and followed their every move.

Prosecutors also say the illegal surveillance was directed from the offices of former President Alvaro Uribe, who in his eight years in power was Washington's closest ally in Latin America.

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