4:15pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Massive Solar Plane Tries For First Transcontinental Flight

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 10:45 pm

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse takes off on Thursday in Payerne on its first attempted intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane with the wing-span of a jumbo jet, took off from Switzerland today on its first attempt to complete a transcontinental flight.

The AP reports:

"Fog on the runaway at its home base in Payerne, Switzerland, delayed the take off by two hours, demonstrating how susceptible the prototype single-seater aircraft is to adverse weather.

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4:05pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What's Up, Doc? When Your Doctor Rushes Like The Road Runner

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:37 pm

Patients continue to complain that physicians don't spend enough time examining and talking with them.
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To physician Larry Shore of My Health Medical Group in San Francisco, it's no surprise that patients give doctors low marks for time and attention.

"There's some data to suggest that the average patient gets to speak for between 12 and 15 seconds before the physician interrupts them," Shore says. "And that makes you feel like the person is not listening."

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3:59pm

Thu May 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Sequestered At The Edwards Trial, And I'm Not On The Jury

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 4:24 pm

John Edwards arrives with his daughter, Cate Edwards, at U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., on May 17 for closing arguments in his trial. The former Democratic presidential candidate has pleaded not guilty to six counts of campaign finance violations.
Sara D. Davis Getty Images

One day last week, I was entering the federal courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., where John Edwards is on trial, when a U.S. marshal took my local newspaper. A moment later, he told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff to hand over his morning paper.

"We can't have newspapers?" I asked.

"You guys know the rules," the smiling marshal said.

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3:53pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Salt

A Meat Mea Culpa: What Went Wrong With 'Pink Slime'

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 4:47 pm

May cover of Meatingplace, the meat processing industry trade magazine
courtesy Meatingplace

It came as no surprise to us when outrage over "pink slime," the catchy nickname given to lean finely textured beef (LFTB), went viral a couple of months ago.

Murky government rules, off-limits meatpacking floors, and a "gotcha" media mentality have created a fear and mistrust that's left the public highly opinionated but often woefully misinformed about where our food comes from.

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3:04pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Music Interviews

Regina Spektor Still Doesn't Write Anything Down

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:37 pm

The songs on What We Saw From the Cheap Seats don't come just from the past year but from a span of "10 years or more," Regina Spektor says.
Shervin Lainez

In 2004, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor was a staple of the so-called anti-folk scene when she sat down for one of her first public-radio interviews with the now-defunct WNYC program The Next Big Thing. In the interview, she joked that she stayed up until 3:30 a.m. writing a song, trying not to wake the neighbors, but never wrote anything down.

She still doesn't.

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2:58pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Not What You Thought: Americans On Taxes; Blacks On Gay Marriage

Dr. Patrick Wooden, senior pastor of the Upper Room Church of God In Christ in North Carolina, celebrates early returns that show strong support for Amendment One, which bans gay marriage in the state.
Robert Willett Raleigh News

We like when conventional wisdom is challenged. And during the past couple of days, we stumbled on two stories that challenged assumptions both the news media and Americans seem to make.

First, Reuters compares Americans to anorexics when it comes to taxes. Essentially, they say when Americans respond to polls, they see themselves as "fat with taxes." It's the one thing both political parties agree on. But taking a look in the global mirror, Americans are actually quite skinny.

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2:53pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Look Likely To Resist Change On PSA Tests

Did they talk first?
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Forgive me, if you're suffering from PSA policy fatigue.

But there are a few more things I thought you might want to know about the new guideline from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that says men of all ages should forgo routine blood tests to detect prostate cancer.

Research from Johns Hopkins suggests the chances that doctors will listen aren't great.

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2:48pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Pools Open Just in Time

It appears this Memorial Day weekend will be a hot and summerlike period, just in time for the start of the public swimming season.  Four Lexington area aquatic centers will open Friday, a day earlier than originally planned.  The city decided to close Constitution and Berry Hill pools.  Woodland pool co-manager Nick Barjuca expects some pool migration this summer.  “I think every other pool is gonna get a little bit busier because those two pools closed,” said Barjuca.

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2:36pm

Thu May 24, 2012
Health and Welfare

AG Commissioner Visits Counties to Promote Nutrition

State Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, watches as Commissioner James Comer speaks at Green County High School.(Greensburg Record-Herald)

To encourage child nutrition and healthier school lunches, state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer visited six Kentucky school districts earlier this week. He met with school boards in Owsley, Jackson, Knox, Marion and Metcalfe counties, and visited Green County High School, according to a news release from his office. Many Kentucky children consume more than half of their daily calories at schools. During a typical school day, 4 in 10 American students buy and eat snack foods and drinks, the Pew Health Group found. More than 23 million children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

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2:27pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Two-Way

In Annual Human Rights Report, U.S. Says China's Record Is Deteriorating

In its yearly report on Human Rights, the U.S. State Department noted that 2011 was tumultuous. Some countries — for example, Tunisia, which kicked off the Arab Spring — made strides while others fell back on their human rights records.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

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