12:13pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bloomberg And Allen Boost Their Health Giving

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a trip to Singapore this week that he would give even more of his personal fortune to fight smoking.
Nicky Loh Getty Images

A couple of really rich guys have decided to give even more money to health causes they care about deeply.

New York Mayor, media magnate and public health zealot Michael Bloomberg said he will give $220 million to fight smoking in the developing world. Bloomberg's charitable foundation has targeted tobacco use.

And the latest chunk of money, which is part of a four-year commitment, will bring Bloomberg Philanthropies' support of anti-smoking efforts around the globe to more than $600 million.

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12:05pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Four More Booms In Wisconsin City Troubled By Mysterious Sounds

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:06 pm

Jordan Pfeiler of Clintonville says she's heard the booms.
Carrie Antlfinger AP

Things were not quiet again in Clintonville, Wis., early today.

As we reported Wednesday, folks there have been hearing booms and feeling vibrations this week and no one has yet been able to explain what's causing them. One of the latest theories is that unusually warm temperatures are causing underground ice to crack. A few homeowners think they've suffered some damages (cracked floors, for example).

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12:00pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Law

Is Health Law A 'Breathtaking Assertion' Of Power?

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 11:24 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the life of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe was full of dramatic ups and downs, from Olympic triumph to all kinds of personal struggles. But the twist and turns of fate did not end with his death. We'll hear more about a fascinating controversy over his final resting place. We'll have that conversation in a few minutes.

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11:35am

Thu March 22, 2012
Movie Reviews

Acting Trumps Action In A 'Games' Without Horror

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:47 am

In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her little sister's place in a killing ritual televised to the masses.
Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games and its two sequels are smashingly well written and morally problematic. They're set in the future, in which a country — presumably the former United States — is divided into 12 fenced-off districts many miles apart.

Each year, to remind people of its limitless power, a totalitarian government holds a lottery, selecting two children per district to participate in a killing ritual — the Hunger Games of the title — that will be televised to the masses, complete with opening ceremonies and beauty-pageant-style interviews.

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11:05am

Thu March 22, 2012
Africa

To Be Heard, Egypt's Bedouin Take Tourists Hostage

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 4:05 pm

A Bedouin guide makes his way down from Mount Sinai to the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The Bedouins depend on tourism, but have been kidnapping visitors in recent months in an attempt to pressure Egypt's government.
Mike Nelson EPA/Landov

Bedouin tribesmen on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula rely on tourists for their livelihood — taking them on safaris, selling them trinkets, renting them huts at no-frills resorts on the Red Sea.

But these days, some Bedouins are using tourists for something completely different: as hostages in their political battle with the Egyptian government. In one recent incident, the tribesmen kidnapped two Brazilian tourists to secure the release of imprisoned relatives. The kidnappers released the women unharmed a few hours later.

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11:05am

Thu March 22, 2012
Judging The Health Care Law

The Man Behind The Defense Of Obama's Health Law

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 5:05 pm

Solicitor General Don Verrilli grew up in Connecticut and received his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

At 54, Don Verrilli Jr. stands tall and calm in the Supreme Court chamber, his salt and pepper mustache the only thing about him that bristles. His deep, baritone voice suggests to the justices that he is the essence of reasonableness. There are no histrionics. Indeed, if he gets backed into a corner, his voice just gets deeper. Only the occasional, needless throat-clearing betrays any nerves at all.

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11:04am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Looks Like That Post-Rapture Pet-Walking Company Was A Hoax

It was all a joke, the man behind Eternal Earth-Bound Pets now says.
EE-BP

A New Hampshire man who claimed last year that for a fee of $135 he would arrange to have your dog walked if the Rapture did indeed begin last May 21 and you got taken up to heaven, is now saying that his business venture was a hoax.

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10:56am

Thu March 22, 2012
Media

As 'Murdoch's Scandal' Unravels, Many Implicated

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:14 pm

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, testifying alongside his son James, said his July appearance before a British parliamentary inquiry in London was "the most humble day of my life."
Parbul AFP/Getty Images

Allegations of phone hacking and bribery brought down Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World. Criminal and parliamentary investigations are now under way in the U.K., and dozens of journalists and top executives from Murdoch's paper have been arrested.

Scotland Yard has been investigating the scandal, but several police officials from that iconic institution have also been implicated; they're accused of accepting bribes from reporters at Murdoch's papers.

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10:43am

Thu March 22, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Hotel-Motel Tax and Land Preservation

A program in Fayette County designed to preserve rural land could one day be supported by a special tax.   Now, those funds come from Lexington’s general fund.  When it set up its Purchase of Development Rights, or P-D-R, program, city lawyer David Barberee told council member Kevin Stinnett, voters could have set aside a portion of the Hotel-Motel Tax for the program.

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10:30am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Video Of Copter Crash In Afghanistan Goes Viral; Army Investigating

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 10:31 am

From video of the incident, as the helicopter swooped low over a snowy base in Afghanistan moments before crashing in the distance.
YouTube.com

If you haven't seen it yet, you probably will soon if you're watching the cable news networks:

Video of what appears to be a U.S. Army helicopter swooping low over a snowy base in Afghanistan last month before taking several dramatic twists, bouncing off the ground and crashing in the distance.

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