David Green and Tom Goldman talk on 'Morning Edition'
Though the nation's football fans — from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.
A tiger is seen in June 2008 at Sariska Tiger Reserve in the western state of Rajasthan, India, after being shifted from Ranthambore National Park. In an attempt to help revive western India's tiger population, a female tiger was airlifted to join a male at the national reserve.
In October 2010, a tiger walks past a vehicle carrying tourists at Ranthambore National Park in India. India's top court has banned tourism in parts of tiger reserves across the country in an effort to save the endangered big cat.
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Scavenging monkeys mix with visitors at the temples of the ancient Ranthambore Fort in Ranthambore National Park. Dotted with remnants of India's past glories and its religious heritage, the national parks draw many visitors on pilgrimages.
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A view of Ranthambore National Park from atop the thousand-year-old fort that bears the same name. The park has been closed to visitors since the Supreme Court's ban on tourists in core areas of the country's 41 tiger reserves. A quarter-million visitors toured the park last year, and local businesses say the economy in the area will collapse if the ban is not lifted.
Can tigers and tourists coexist? The debate is rumbling through India, where the Supreme Court has temporarily banned tourism in core areas of the country's 41 tiger reserves. The unexpected and controversial ruling is aimed at protecting the last of India's 1,700 tigers.
Up until the late 1960s, big game hunters trod the forests of Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park, part of a sprawling tiger reserve southwest of Delhi. Under the court's recent ban, spotting one of India's big cats — a tiger or the more elusive leopard — inside the park is forbidden.
Carmageddonin' It? In a photo from last year, a traffic signs alerts motorists on Interstate 405 that the freeway will be shut down for two days in July for demolition of the Mulholland Bridge. The city is bracing for Carmegeddon II, scheduled for this weekend.
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This weekend, a 10-mile stretch of heavily trafficked Interstate 405 in Los Angeles will be shut down for two days to demolish part of the Mulholland Drive bridge. Officials and residents are hoping for a repeat performance of a similar closure last year — known as Carmageddon — when much-hyped traffic woes never materialized.
The CIA tells Pakistan in advance about "broad areas" where it intends to take aim at suspected terrorists with drone strikes and interprets the other government's silence and clearing of airspace as "tacit consent," The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.
Saying its sources are "U.S. officials" and "two senior [Obama] administration officials," the Journal adds that:
In response to growing demand for answers about the ownership of ideas and products, Northern Kentucky University recently opened its’ new Intellectual Property Awareness Center or IPAC at Steely Library. Spokesman John Schlipp says technological advances are making it harder for people to determine things, like who owns content posted on the internet. Schlipp stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about what the definition of intellectual property is. ( you can get more information about the IPAC at NKU at http://library.nku.edu)
When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you're ordering a small, regular or large sandwich.
That makes sense.With widening waistlines across the land, many of us want to make a health-conscious choice. But are we really getting a small portion when we order a small sandwich?
Well, that depends.
University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna has studied how labels impact how much we eat. In one experiment, she gave people cookies that were labeled either medium or large, and then measured how much they ate.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are seen in an undated photo. The couple captured headlines with a long crime spree before being shot to death in an ambush in Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker had this Colt Detective Special .38 revolver (top) strapped to her thigh when she was killed. Frank Hamer took Clyde Barrow's Colt Government Model 1911 .45 caliber pistol from the waistband of Barrow's body after an ambush on May 23, 1934. The weapons are not shown in accurate scale.
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Undated photos show Bonnie and Clyde posing in front of the Ford V8 "flathead" car they favored. The photographs are among the couple's memorabilia up for auction.
Nearly 80 years after the deaths of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, a few, shall we say, "tools of their trade" are going up for auction. Among them are his Colt .45 and her .38 Special, which could each go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer eventually caught up with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934, a newsreel announcer declared "the inevitable end: retribution. Here is Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who died as they lived: by the gun."
A member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, runs to take position during a firefight with the Colombian army in the mountains of Cauca state on July 12. For now, fighting continues even as the two sides prepare for peace talks.
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Nohemi Caicedo holds her grandson, Christian Camilo, in the kitchen of her home in Marquetalia, the birthplace of the FARC, in Colombia's Tolima state. Her 18-year-old son was killed in the insurgency after he was forcibly recruited to the FARC. She wants to give peace a chance, for the sake of her other children.
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Army Col. Jairo Leguizamon (second from left) commands a mobile insurgency brigade in Planadas. Though the military has made inroads in rebel areas, the guerrillas continue to launch attacks.
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Colombian soldiers patrol the town of Planadas on Sept. 6. The military has stepped up its presence in Tolima state.
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Farmers bring goods to town in the hamlet of Villanueva in Tolima state on Sept. 7. Travel in this mountainous region usually takes place by mule or horse.
After fighting for power for nearly 50 years, a Colombian rebel group is now opting to negotiate a peace deal with President Juan Manuel Santos' government and bring the country's slow-burning but brutal conflict to an end.
Most of Colombia's 47 million people are supportive of talks, which begin soon in Oslo, Norway, before moving to Havana.
We're all familiar with the many sports terms that have moved into general usage: "par for the course," "slam-dunk," "curveball," "photo finish" and so on.
Curiously, though, every now and then something of the inverse occurs, and we get an expression which is commonly used that has been derived from sport, but never used in sport.
For example, that awful, overdone cliche, "level playing field." Never in my life have I ever heard anyone in sport — that is, somebody actually right there on the level playing field — say, "I'm glad we're playing on a level playing field."