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1:36 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Obama Is Not The First President To Meddle In Movies

President Obama, seen here at a conservation event at the Department of the Interior in March 2012, has reportedly suggested a movie adaptation to Harvey Weinstein.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:00 pm

Now comes word that President Obama pitched a movie idea to Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein, the Times of London recently reported. "The president sent me a book the other day and said, 'Why don't you make this into a movie?' " Weinstein said. "It was a spy novel. I sent him an email back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I've ever had."

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The Picture Show
1:19 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

In Battle For Rhino Horns, A Clash Of Cultures

A white rhino cow (left) grazes with a bull that has become her companion after a poaching attack in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Brent Stirton National Geographic

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

Rhino poaching has been on the rise in the past few years. In South Africa and other regions where rhinos run, poachers have been killing or darting rhinos with tranquilizers for their horns.

Rather than adorning walls, many horns are ground up into medicines, sold mostly in Southeast Asia. A possible — yet controversial — way to stop poaching may be rhino ranches, where the horns are harvested for sale and the animals are allowed to grow new ones.

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Syrian Opposition Leader Rejects Annan's Call For Dialogue

Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun attends a news conference in Paris on March 1.
Thibault Camus AP

The leader of Syria's main opposition group has some harsh words for Kofi Annan, who was appointed by the U.N. to be its envoy to Syria.

In an interview with the Associated Press Burhan Ghalioun said Annan's comments so far have been "disappointing."

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Energy
1:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Ohio Toughens Regulations On Gas Drillers

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 4:00 pm

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Earthquakes in eastern Ohio have prompted stiff new regulations for some energy companies. The companies dispose of waste water from fracking by injecting it into deep underground wells. And some low-magnitude quakes in the Youngstown area have been linked to that disposal process. So Ohio's Department of Natural Resources introduced the new rules today.

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Science
1:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Film Director To Travel To Bottom Of Mariana Trench

Robert Siegel talks to retired Navy Captain Don Walsh about the attempt by movie director James Cameron to take a submersible capsule to the bottom of the Mariana Trench — the deepest spot on Earth. Walsh says it will be a combination of science and adventure, because Cameron is a storyteller and dedicated amateur explorer. Walsh made a 1960 dive to the same trench.

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