Background Check Bill Fails, Why Houston is Number One, The First Publicly-Traded Individual

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

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How Security Video Helped Authorities Identify Possible Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect | From Spectator to Witness | Why the Background Check Bill Failed | 100,000 Volunteer Proofreaders and a Whole Lot of Books | The Digital Public Library of America Launches, Providing Online Access to All Kinds of Media | Why Houston is Number One | Oregon Man Becomes the First Publicly-Traded Individual

Why Houston is Number One

Whether it’s the capitol city of Austin or small towns like Marfa, Texans love their state. And they have even more reason to love their state now. For the fourth year in a row, Houston has been ranked the number one place Americans are relocating to. This is based on findings from UHaul. What makes the sprawling city of Houston so special? We decided to ask two people who’ve moved there in the past few months.

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100,000 Volunteer Proofreaders and a Whole Lot of Books

The world record for proofreading, if there ever was one, was surely broken this month by the 100,000 volunteers who've helped out Project Gutenberg, the world’s oldest electronic library, with their close reading and tireless dedication.

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How Security Video Helped Authorities Identify Possible Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, social media networks lit up with cell phone pictures and videos. Investigators requested that anyone with footage of the attacks share them with authorities. While that information may have been helpful, the key technology used to identify the bombing suspect was Closed Circuit Television footage. 

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The Digital Public Library of America Launches, Providing Online Access to All Kinds of Media

The Digital Public Library of America  goes online today. Its mission is to make all the collections of all libraries accessible to everyone, everywhere; you only need an internet connection. The Digital Public Library of America’s Director for Content Emily Gore discusses this ambitious project of knowledge sharing, and the legal obstacles it faces.

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Oregon Man Becomes the First Publicly-Traded Individual

Entrepreneur Mike Merill decided to sell shares of himself to raise his start up cash and to whittle down his potential ideas into a viable business-- to find some direction. He set his initial share price at a dollar a share, offering a hundred thousand shares.  Initially 128 people bought shares, including Marcus Estes, who is an investor in Mike Merill's life.

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Why the Background Check Bill Failed

The United States Senate on Wednesday voted down the proposed restrictions to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the final political showdown and considers whether the NRA has won the gun debate-- and why.

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Deadly Explosion at West Texas Fertilizer Plant

A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night rocked a small town just north of Waco, Texas. There are reports of multiple fatalities and hundreds of injuries.

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