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Shots - Health News
3:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

In 2009, I was among the scrum of reporters covering the controversial advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women in their 40s think twice about regular mammograms. The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.

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National Security
2:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Somali-Americans Arrested In Islamic State Recruiting Plot

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Media
2:45 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BuzzFeed Under Fire After Deleting Stories Critical Of Its Advertisers

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:50 pm

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Law
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Case

Jayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer with their four children, (l-r), Jacob, Rylee, Nolan and Ryanne at a news conference in March.
Valerie Macon Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:35 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments next week in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. It's an extraordinarily high stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary. The 12 couples and two widowers include doctors, lawyers, an Army sergeant, nurses and teachers.

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Sports
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Closes In On 660 Homerun Record Set By Willie Mays

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:35 pm

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Around the Nation
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Indiana Governor Extends Public Health Emergency To Fight HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:35 pm

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Energy
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Geologists Dave Tucker (left) and Pete Stelling at the Mount Baker hot springs in Washington's Cascade Mountains. The springs are within the large tract of federal land that could soon be open for geothermal development.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:35 pm

In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for potential geothermal power development. Companies would then be able to apply for permits to build power plants that would harness the heat beneath the surface to spin turbines and generate electricity.

All of this would be taking place in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state.

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Environment
2:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

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The Salt
1:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Appetite For Gulf Seafood Is Back, But The Crabs And Oysters Aren't

Blue crabs brought back to Tony Goutierrez's dock in Hopedale, La. For the past few years, his traps have been coming up empty. "It's sad to see it go, but it's going — this way of life is going to disappear," he says.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:10 pm

In 2010, just after the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, seafood restaurants were bombarded with questions from concerned diners: "How bad is the spill?" "Is this from the Gulf?" "Is it safe?" Demand for Gulf seafood tanked.

"You have to remember, that was literally weeks and months on end when you could turn on the TV at any time of day and see an oil well leaking unabatedly into the Gulf of Mexico," says Brett Anderson, feature food writer for Nola.com.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

'Post And Courier' Of Charleston, S.C., Wins Pulitzer For Public Service

Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET

The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize award for public service for Till Death Do Us Part, a series the award's panel said "probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the union for women and put the issue of what to do about it on the state's agenda."

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Shots - Health News
1:09 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Reptiles like leopard geckos can bring Salmonella along with them.
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If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

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Shots - Health News
9:46 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Contact between cats and their owners may have exposed the animals to toxic levels of medication.
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Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk.

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NPR Ed
3:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Anti-Test 'Opt Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to have their children opt out of state tests in Rotterdam, N.Y.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:10 am

Across New York state this week, some students are refusing to take a test, and they're not getting punished for it. The test is the Common Core-aligned, federally mandated test, and students, parents and educators are part of what they're calling the opt-out movement.

Opt outs made news last week in several states: Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, to name a few. The objections are similar everywhere. But no state is posting numbers like New York.

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All Tech Considered
3:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Purdue University students are testing new software that may track and warn about tornadoes, such as this one which struck Rochelle, Ill., in early April.
Walker Ashley AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:49 am

Last week, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Ill., students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter.

Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds.

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Shots - Health News
1:48 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

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Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:11 am

This makes total sense: When you're engaged in an activity you truly enjoy, you're happy. And, when you're happy you're not dwelling on all the negative things in life, nor are you stressed about obligations or problems. Certainly this is a good thing from an emotional point of view, but it also has physical benefits.

We know exercise reduces stress, but it turns out that more simple stationary things, like doing puzzles, painting or sewing can help, too.

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Shots - Health News
1:46 am
Mon April 20, 2015

FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:48 pm

It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me at all."

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Health
4:43 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Aydian Dowling is currently leading the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins, he will be the first trans man to appear on the cover.
Jason Robert Ballard FTM Magazine

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:49 pm

Aydian Dowling of Eugene, Ore., is ripped. He has sharply defined muscles, piercing eyes and European-playboy-on-the-Riviera tousled hair.

It's not just striking good looks that distinguish Dowling, who is leading the voting in the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins the contest (which is ultimately determined by judges), Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Men's Health.

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Around the Nation
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Murrah Building Bombing Prompted Oklahoma City's Downtown Revival

A general view of downtown Oklahoma City as basketball fans gather outside Oklahoma City Arena. The once run-down area has undergone a major transformation over the past 20 years.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:33 pm

It's been 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

As Oklahoma City prepares to look back on the bombing, one thing is clear — downtown is a far different and much better place than it was in 1995. And it's hard to deny the role the bombing played in the area's resurgence.

Even on a weekday, visitors line up in downtown Oklahoma City to take a tour of the area.

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Sports
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:33 pm

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Around the Nation
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Remembering The Oklahoma City Bombing 20 Years Later

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:33 pm

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Sun April 19, 2015

2 Decades Later, 168 Victims Of Oklahoma City Attack Are Remembered

Spectators bow their heads during a moment of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, on Sunday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 2:50 pm

Twenty years ago today, Timothy McVeigh — an Army veteran with strong anti-government views — drove a rental truck containing a massive homemade bomb up to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, lit the fuse and walked away.

The result was the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. It took the lives of 168 people, including many children attending a daycare in the targeted building.

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Around the Nation
6:02 am
Sun April 19, 2015

'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

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Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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National Security
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

U.S. And Saudis Place Sanctions On Pakistani Charity

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Politics
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Candidates And Candidates-To-Be Woo New Hampshire's GOP

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday in Nashua, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 1:33 pm

For Republicans running for president — or eyeing it — this weekend was a big opportunity.

GOP presidential hopefuls from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz to Carly Fiorina to Donald Trump descended on New Hampshire this weekend. The 19 candidates, and potential candidates, gathered in Nashua, N.H., for an event sponsored by the state Republican Party. They wooed activists and jockeyed for early position in the state that holds the first presidential primary.

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Around the Nation
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Remembering The Day The Murrah Building Was Bombed

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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Around the Nation
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Security Tightens For Second Boston Marathon Since The Bombing

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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National Security
3:40 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Rules For No-Fly List Disclosures Get An Update

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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Last summer, I spoke with dog trainer and former Marine, Abe Mashal. In 2010, he needed to fly to a job - nothing unusual. But things got weird at the airport when he handed his driver's license to the woman at the ticket counter.

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Science
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 4:25 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - the marijuana has done its job well. She can be led now, ready to go along. Casually, he introduces the idea of something stronger, real kicks.

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The Salt
3:39 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

Chef Homaro Cantu holds a tomato in the kitchen of his Chicago restaurant Moto in 2007. Haute cuisine and extreme science collided in the kitchen of Chef Cantu, who took his own life Tuesday.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 8:19 am

The culinary world lost a visionary this week. Homaro Cantu, a specialist in the avant-garde approach to cooking known as molecular gastronomy, died Tuesday in Chicago at the age of 38. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled Cantu's death a suicide.

Every visit to Cantu's flagship restaurant, Michelin-starred Moto, was a trip down the rabbit hole.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey.
NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:11 pm

It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

A new image of the ship suggests it's in good shape for a craft that was damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation in the Pacific Ocean.

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