1:56pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Binge Drinking: Risky And Widespread

A man who has five drinks or more at one sitting is bingeing.
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Binge drinking in America looks to be an even bigger problem than we thought.

About 1 in 6 Americans, or 17 percent of the population, went on at least one drinking binge in a month last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to 38 million people.

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1:31pm

Tue January 10, 2012
State Capitol

Billboards on School Buses

With education a prime target for budget cuts, Kentucky state lawmakers are looking for new ways to fund schools. State Representatives Brad Montell, a Shelbyville Republican and Terry Mills, a Lebanon Democrat, have teamed up on a bill that would allow advertising on school buses. The bill was first introduced last session, but didn't make it out of the Senate.

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12:59pm

Tue January 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Panel Says N.C. Should Pay $50K To Victims Of Forced Sterilization

The victims of a North Carolina program that forcibly sterilized thousands of people should receive $50,000 in compensation, a task force said Tuesday. The AP writes that this is first time, the state tries to make up for a eugenics program that ran from the 1930s until 1977.

Before any payments are made, however, the state Legislature must approve the panel's recommendation.

The AP reports:

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12:45pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Election 2012

In N.H., Romney's Biggest Rival May Be Expectations

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was stumping at Harvey's Bakery in Dover, N.H., is pinning his hopes on a strong finish in the Granite State.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Primary Day in New Hampshire turned into open season as GOP rivals launched a barrage of attacks seeking to undermine front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign hopes to live up to expectations that he will deliver a solid victory.

Not only does Romney need to win, he needs to win convincingly — holding challengers such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and a resurgent Jon Huntsman comfortably at arm's length.

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12:15pm

Tue January 10, 2012
State Capitol

Teacher Evaluations Could Include Student Performance

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky’s teachers are evaluated. The latest incarnation of Rollins’ idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year.

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11:48am

Tue January 10, 2012
The Salt

X-Rays Scan Foods For The Secret Ingredient That Could Break A Tooth

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:44 am

Costco has pushed vendors to X-ray food to find "foreign objects" like metal and stones before they reach consumers.
Rick Bowmer ASSOCIATED PRESS

I don't know about you, but when I spoon into store-bought ice cream or chomp into hot dogs, I don't consider it a risky activity, one that could land me in the dentist's chair with a broken tooth. But it turns out that this does happen. Even Costco, the giant warehouse retailer, says it's true.

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11:35am

Tue January 10, 2012
Television

A New 'Morning' On CBS, But Will It Work?

CBS This Morning is co-hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill.
John P. Filo CBS

There are three new hosts of CBS This Morning, which was unveiled yesterday. One is Erica Hill, a holdover from The Early Show, the previous program in the early-morning time slot. Another is Gayle King, still best known as Oprah Winfrey's best friend, who's here to handle most of the entertainment interviews. And the third, the pivot point, is Charlie Rose, brought over from PBS to give this new show an injection of instant respectability and seriousness.

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11:31am

Tue January 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Cupcakes Are OK; Cupcakes In A Jar Won't Pass Security, Says TSA

TSA

The Transportation Security Administration clarified its cupcake policy in a blog post. Cupcakegate — as the agency has termed it — was prompted in December, when TSA officers told Rebecca Hains, who was flying out of Las Vegas, she could not carry cupcakes in her carry-on luggage. The TSA said the icing on the two cupcakes was a security risk.

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11:25am

Tue January 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Nicotine Patches Up Early Memory Loss In Study

Franck Camhi iStockphoto.com

Slapping on a nicotine patch may not just be for smokers trying to kick the habit.

In an intriguing test, researchers tried nicotine patches as a memory booster for nonsmokers with mild declines in their thinking ability, a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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10:57am

Tue January 10, 2012
Books

Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

Jodi Kantor spoke to over 200 sources, including White House aides and close friends of the President, while reseaching her new biography on the Obamas. Kantor is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times.
Juliana Sohn Courtesy of the author

In late 2006, Barack Obama held a meeting with his wife Michelle and his advisors to weigh whether he should run for President.

"And Michelle Obama, in front of everybody, asks her husband a very dramatic question," says New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor. "She says, 'What do you think you can bring to this that the other candidates can't?'"

Her husband paused for a second, and then responded, "I really think if I became President, it would inspire people all over the world to think of new possibilities."

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