5:35pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Start Early To Curb Heart Risks For A Lifetime

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 7:03 pm

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Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. But who's at the most risk?

A study in the lastest New England Journal of Medicine offers a simple way to predict the risk of a fatal or debilitating heart attack or stroke for a middle-aged person over the rest of his or her life.

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5:13pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

With Age, Men May Lose Thinking Ability Faster Than Women

Physical health problems may help drive men's mental decline.
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Men are more apt than women to lose thinking ability as they age, according to new research. And that mild cognitive impairment often leads to dementia.

But people can reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment by staying healthy and educated, according to Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic who led the study. "There is a lot that people can do," she told Shots.

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5:04pm

Wed January 25, 2012
It's All Politics

Taking His Economic Message On The Road, Obama Touts Factory Jobs In Iowa

President Obama tours Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday.
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A day after delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama took his message on the road. Obama hoped that stops at manufacturing sites in Iowa and Arizona would drive home his point that the government should do more to encourage factory jobs.

The three-day trip also includes stops in Colorado, Nevada and Michigan. Those are all states likely to be important in the November election.

Obama kicked off his road trip at Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing, a factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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4:55pm

Wed January 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Treasury Secretary Geithner Doesn't Expect To Be Part Of A Second Term

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 5:26 pm

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Bloomberg Television today that he's "pretty confident" he won't be asked to stay in his job if President Obama is re-elected for a second term.

"He's not going to ask me to stay on, I'm pretty confident," Geithner said. "I'm confident he'll be president. But I'm also confident he's going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the treasury."

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4:38pm

Wed January 25, 2012
The Salt

Antitrust Official Gets Stampeded By Big Beef

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 10:34 am

At sale barns, like this one in Kingsville, Mo., cattlemen still bid openly for breeding stock. Meatpackers once bought on the open market, too.
Frank Morris for NPR

Dudley Butler is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. In fact, he was the last of that group.

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4:06pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Europe

At The Louvre, A Rare Showcase For American Art

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 7:03 pm

An exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris explores American landscape painting. Here, the museum's director, Henri Loyrette, looks at the oil paintings of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), known for his realistic and detailed works.
Francois Mori AP

The Louvre had a record 9 million visitors last year, and about 10 percent of them were American. Yet the iconic Paris art museum only has four American paintings in its huge permanent collection.

But the Louvre's curators want to change that and heighten the public's knowledge and awareness of early American art with a new exhibit.

Nationwide, French museums own some 2,000 American paintings, but those Whistlers, Homers and Cassatts are exhibited in more modern museums such as the Musee d'Orsay.

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4:05pm

Wed January 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Alaska Airlines To Stop Handing Out Prayer Cards

An Alaska Airlines jet. On that airline, prayer cards are no longer going to be part of the flying experience.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

"After more than 30 years of handing prayer cards to customers aboard its planes, Alaska Airlines has decided the practice is outdated and will stop doing it on Feb. 1," The Seattle Times reports.

A few things struck us about this news.

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3:59pm

Wed January 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Homeless Science Whiz Kid Is Not Named Science Prize Finalist

Samantha Garvey, 17.
John Dunn AP

Samantha Garvey, the homeless teen who came into the national spotlight after she became a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, has had a bittersweet 24 hours.

First the bitter part: When the science prize competition finalists were announced today, she was not on the list.

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3:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
NPR Story

Gingrich Campaign Pulls Anti-Romney Ad

Two Republican presidential candidates — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — appeared Wednesday at a forum sponsored by Univision and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Also Wednesday, prominent Latino politicians, including Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, called on Gingrich to take down a new radio ad that calls Romney "anti-immigrant." The Gingrich campaign complied and pulled the ad. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Greg Allen in Miami.

3:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
NPR Story

Fed Keeps Short-Term Interest Rates Low

Federal Reserve officials said they expect short-term interest rates to stay close to zero "at least through late 2014." The Fed has been trying to give more explicit guidance on what it expects in the future as part of a broader move to greater transparency.

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