4:02pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctor Pay: Where The Specialists Are All Above Average

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:42 pm

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Making a living practicing medicine is more complicated and frustrating than ever. But it still pays. And pretty well.

A survey of more than 24,000 doctors conducted online for Medscape, a doctor-oriented information service of WebMD, finds that their average annual pay ranges from $156,000 for pediatricians, the lowest-paid specialty, to $315,000 for the top earners.

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3:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Africa

Charles Taylor Faces Verdict From Brutal African War

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 1:12 pm

Members of a civil war amputee soccer team practice on a beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, in April 2006. Rebel groups, allegedly aided by former Liberian President Charles Taylor during Sierra Leone's brutal 1991-2002 civil war, were known for their gruesome practice of hacking off limbs.
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A court in the Netherlands is set to deliver a verdict Thursday in a case involving a former head of state charged with international war crimes.

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. He is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Tens of thousands died during Sierra Leone's vicious civil war, one that was infamous for the brutal hacking off of limbs.

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3:17pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Fed Remains Ready To Act, If Necessary

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens to a question from a reporter during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve building on Wednesday.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed is ready to implement "balance sheet actions if necessary."

That means if the Federal Open Market Committee feels that the economic recovery is in danger, it is ready to implement a third round of quantitative easing, or bond purchases intended to bring down long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending.

"If appropriate... we remain entirely prepared to take additional action," the chairman said. "We will not hesitate to use them."

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3:15pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Picture Show

Live From Mount Everest: A Blog!

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:51 am

Conrad Anker descends an ice step in the Khumbu Icefall with a fixed rope.
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As I write this, it's about 1 a.m. in Nepal and, according to National Geographic magazine's iPad app, a group of climbers is camped on the side of Mount Everest, possibly sleeping (though we can't be totally sure), at nearly 21,000 feet. They expect to make a final summit push in early May.

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2:49pm

Wed April 25, 2012
It's All Politics

RNC Seeks To Contrast Serious Romney With Slow Jammin' Obama

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 2:54 pm

President Obama's urbane coolness, viewed by many as an attractive feature of his personality, was part of the joke Tuesday night when he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, including in the "slow jammin' the news" segment.

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2:31pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Business and the Economy

Scrap Yards Propose Alternative Crackdown on Metal Theft

The scrap metal industry in Lexington is asking the Urban County Council to scrap its plan to license the sellers of copper or other metals.  The new regulations are suggested as a way to cut down on copper and other metal thefts.  Ken Cowen’s Ohio firm owns Lexington’s Baker Iron and metal.   To combat theft, Cowen says scrap metal firms are willing to employ off duty police officers.  Then, Cowen says, they could check the seller’s I-D.

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2:12pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Survey Shows Uncertainty In Reporting Suspicious Activity

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:17 pm

At airports, train stations and other public places across the nation, the Department of Homeland Security's "See Something, Say Something" campaign has encouraged people to report suspicious activity in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks. But a recent government survey found citizens are not jumping in to report others.

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1:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Women's Rights Group Protests Facebook's All-Male Board

A group of women's rights activists are descending on Facebook's New York offices, today, to deliver what it says is an online petition from 53,000 people that demands Facebook add a woman to its board of directors before the company goes public.

In its petition, UltraViolet says that 58 percent of Facebook users are women, yet "despite the fact that women are responsible for most of Facebook's revenue and activity there currently is not a single woman on their board."

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1:31pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Justices Signal Support For Arizona Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court building.
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The early analyses of this morning's Supreme Court hearing on parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law are in, and the consensus is that the majority of justices will likely uphold the state's effort to reduce the number of people within its borders who may be there illegally.

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1:02pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Salt

Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:29 am

Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.
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Mad cow disease has been detected in a cow in California, the first time since 2006 that the deadly disease has surfaced in the U.S.

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