12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Election 2012

In Ads, Candidates Turn Up Heat On Romney

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 11:50 am

12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Ranked Choice Put To The Test In S.F. Mayor Race

Voters in San Francisco will use a system called ranked-choice voting, or instant runoff, to elect a mayor on Tuesday.

The city is one of many around the country, including Portland, Maine, and Telluride, Colo., using the system, which allows voters to rank their favorite candidates; the winner is determined using a complicated mathematical formula. Ranked-choice voting, which eliminates the need for primary elections, will be put to the test in San Francisco where 16 candidates are on the ballot.

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12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Law

Court Weighs President's Power To Recognize Nations

The Supreme Court will consider the question of whether U.S. citizens may list "Jerusalem, Israel" as their birthplace on passports.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Supreme Court steps into a test of the president's foreign policy powers on Monday. It is a test that combines the Middle East conflict with the dueling roles of Congress and the executive branch, plus an added dash of interest over presidential signing statements. At issue in the case is whether Congress can force the executive branch to list Israel as the birthplace for United States citizens born in Jerusalem.

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12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Why HPV Vaccination Of Boys May Be Easier

Connor Perruccello-McClellan, a senior at Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island, has been vaccinated against HPV, something less than 1 percent of U.S. males can say.
Richard Knox NPR

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a half-dozen years ago that preteen girls be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, two things happened.

A lot of parents and some conservative groups were jarred by the idea of immunizing young girls against a sexually transmitted virus. And uptake of the vaccine has been poor — only about a third of 13- to 17-year-old girls have gotten the full three-shot series.

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12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Second Thoughts On Pills For Babies Who Spit Up

Babies have been crying and spitting up since time immemorial. But these days many parents ask: Isn't there a drug for that?

"Parents come in often demanding medication," says Eric Hassall, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco.

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12:01am

Mon November 7, 2011
Health Care

Raising Medicare Age Could Lead To Higher Costs

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 3:37 pm

Congress' so-called deficit reduction "supercommittee" is down to the final weeks of deliberations in its efforts to come up with $1.2 trillion in budget savings. And one proposal that keeps cropping up is the idea of raising the eligibility age for Medicare.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney became just the latest to propose it in his speech to the Americans for Prosperity Foundation on Friday.

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6:34pm

Sun November 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pike Co. Interstate Pill Network Busted

An interstate drug pipeline responsible for bringing tens of thousands of prescription pills into Pike County was broken up with the arrest of three people, Operation UNITE officials announced Friday. “We delivered a major hit with these arrests,” said Dan Smoot, deputy director of Operation UNITE. “This network was responsible for distributing more than 50,000 Oxycodone pills within Pike County during the past 12 months. It was definitely a multi-million dollar operation.”

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6:31pm

Sun November 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Journalist Al Smith Writes Autobiography

Al Smith's new book "WORDSMITH: My Life in Journalism", photographed in his home in Lexington, Ky., Friday, November, 04, 2011. Al Smith, a veteran news reporter, dedicated the book to his wife, Martha Helen Smith.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

On the many Friday nights Al Smith hosted the public-affairs TV show Comment on Kentucky, he regularly took reporters who were guests on the show to dinner afterward and regaled them with his life stories. Smith, who will turn 85 on Jan. 9, has compiled many of those stories in a new book, Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism.

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6:26pm

Sun November 6, 2011
Statehouse News

Improving Foster Care Services for Older KY Teens

It's not unusual for foster children in Kentucky to end up homeless once they turn 18. In the 2012 General Assembly, some former foster children and leaders of private child caring agencies are going to push for improved laws and regulations for young adults in the program who are between the ages of 18 and 21.

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6:18pm

Sun November 6, 2011
All Politics are Local

Signs Point to Beshear Win, Low Voter Turnout

Barring a dramatic change over the next few days, political experts expect Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to handily beat Republican challenger David Williams Tuesday. Beshear, who holds a significant double-digit lead in recent polls, and Williams top a ballot that hasn’t generated much interest among voters across the state. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicted Tuesday’s turnout somewhere between 25 and 28 percent based on absentee voting numbers, down from the 37 percent turnout when Beshear beat Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in 2007.

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