12:15pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

End Of An Era: Lipitor Goes Generic

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 10:26 am

After 17 years, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor is going generic.
JB Reed Landov

Medication used for lowering cholesterol should also be lower in price now that two generic brands have entered the ring.

Back in 1996, cholesterol-fighter Lipitor became the fifth drug of its kind to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This week, the biggest hit in the history of the pharmaceutical industry lost its patent protection in the U.S., opening the door to generic versions to replace the iconic brand.

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12:05pm

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

'Top Gear' Host Clarkson Slammed For Saying Strikers Should Be Shot

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 12:18 pm

Jeremy Clarkson. (2007 file photo)
Edmond Terakopian AFP/Getty Images

11:05am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

New NPR CEO Gary Knell Starts Work, Will Take Listeners' Calls

NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
Sesame Workshop

Our new boss started work today and if you're interested in what NPR CEO and President Gary Knell is thinking as he settles into the job:

-- He's due on Talk of the Nation just after 2 p.m. ET, and will be answering questions from callers. When we get closer to the time he's scheduled to be on, we'll embed an audio player in this post so that we can stream the conversation. To find a station that broadcasts or streams the show, click here.

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10:51am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Salt

Tainted Nectar? Consumer Group Warns Of Arsenic In Fruit Juice

In addition to arsenic, dangerous levels of lead have been found in apple juice, according to Consumer Reports.
iStockphoto.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it will consider setting a standard for how much arsenic should be permitted in apple juice after a consumer group found high levels of the carcinogen in samples of apple juice it tested.

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10:26am

Thu December 1, 2011
All Politics are Local

Tea Party Did Not Violate Election Laws

The Northern Kentucky Tea Party did not violate campaign finance laws by paying for a November 2010 newspaper ad that listed candidates that supported tea party values, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance board decided Wednesday. The board dismissed a complaint filed by Hebron resident Jonathan Brown that alleged the ad endorsed candidates and therefore required the Northern Kentucky Tea Party to register as a campaign committee where it would have to report its contributions and expenditures.

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9:39am

Thu December 1, 2011
Faith and Values

Segregated Church at Eye of a Storm

The Gulnare Baptist Church sits empty Tuesday, just days after church members allegedly voted to exclude interracial couples from being members of, or participating in various services at, the church.
Chris Smiley Appalachian News-Express

When Suzie Harvill asked her parents to welcome her black, South African boyfriend into their Island Creek home for a visit, the traditional baptist couple was reluctant. More than a year later, however, the couple considers the young man a part of their family and have now vowed to stand by he and Suzie in a battle that has pitted them against elders in the Harvill’s Pike County church — a battle which may also have lasting repercussions on the church’s financial status.

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9:34am

Thu December 1, 2011
Faith and Values

Official says Church Should Allow Interracial Couples

An official with the National Association of Free Will Baptists said it would be good for a Pike County church to reconsider its vote against accepting interracial couples as members. The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, where members approved the resolution by a vote of 9 to 6 Sunday, is self-governing, so the church hierarchy can't overturn the decision or make members of the church do so. However, Keith Burden, executive secretary of the national association, said Wednesday he hoped the local conference of churches can encourage the Gulnare congregation to reconsider its vote.

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9:30am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

'Monster Winds' Roar Across Utah

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 7:02 pm

Yellow: Gusts of 40 to 60 mph are likely. Orange: Gusts of 50 to 70 mph are likely. Red: Gusts of 60 to 80 mph are likely (and higher gusts have already been recorded).
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has clocked winds above 90 mph around Centerville, Utah, today — "monster winds" that are blowing with hurricane-force and have overturned semi-trailer rigs, toppled trees and knocked out power, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The newspaper adds that:

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9:05am

Thu December 1, 2011

8:40am

Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Pop Above 400,000

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 8:43 am

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 6,000 last week, to 402,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

They've basically been hovering around that 400,000 mark all year — another sign that while the economy appears to be growing slowly, it isn't advancing fast enough to boost job growth.

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