7:00pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Women Exposed To Hormone In Utero Face Lifelong Health Problems

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 10:51 am

A still from A Healthy Baby Girl, a 1996 documentary in which filmmaker Judith Helfand chronicles the health consequences of her own in utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES).

Courtesy of Women Make Movies

Back in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, doctors prescribed a hormone called diethylstilbestrol, or DES, to millions of pregnant women in the unfounded belief it would prevent miscarriages.

Smack in the middle of this period, the deformed thalidomide babies demonstrated the terrible things that can happen when drugs are casually prescribed during pregnancy.

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6:33pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Sarah Palin Says She Will Not Run For President In 2012 Election

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 7:16 pm

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin says she will not seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election. Here, she speaks at a Tea Party Express rally in New Hampshire, Sept. 5, as part of the Reclaiming America bus tour.

Darren McCollester Getty Images

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will not be adding her name to the pool of candidates running for U.S. president in 2012, according to reports. In a statement provided to the Mark Levin radio show, Palin said, "I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president of the United States."

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6:30pm

Wed October 5, 2011
It's All Politics

Millionaire Surtax A 'Desperate' Act To Conservatives, 'Sensible' To Liberals

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 6:57 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveils his surtax proposal flanked by Sens. Richard Durbin (l) and Charles Schumer, Oct. 5, 2011.

Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Senate Democrats haven't exactly been moving as one to embrace President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill.

The disagreement in their ranks arises partly from how the president proposes to pay for his plan, an approach seen by some senators as potentially making their already difficult path to re-election even more so.

The president envisions increasing taxes on couples who, after deductions, have at least $250,000 in taxable income.

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5:59pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Law

'Safety Zone' Bans Meetings Of Alleged Gang Members

Police allege Anthony Clemons is a member of the Bloods street gang. Clemons denies this by showing he has no gang tattoos.

Charles Lane WSHU

A controversial law enforcement technique called a gang injunction "safety zone" has been getting the attention of law enforcement in at least eight states. Essentially, it lists people police say are gang members and bans them from meeting or even speaking to each other inside a defined geographic area.

Police in Wyandanch, N.Y., are trying to convince a judge that curtailing rights normally protected under the Constitution can make their community safer.

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5:45pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Currying Danger: Restaurant's Spice Contest Puts Two In Hospital

The curry contest that put several participants in the hospital in Scotland likely used a relative of these 'Dorset Naga' chillies, one of the hottest varieties of chilli in the world.

Oli Scarff Getty Images

A Scottish restaurant's competition to see who could eat the spiciest curry — and raise money for charity in the process — has ended in painful trips to the emergency room for at least two participants.

The Kismot restaurant of Edinburgh, which serves Indian and Bangladeshi food, challenged competitors to eat its hottest curry. At least 20 people answered the bell. But problems became evident almost as soon as participants began eating the curry.

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5:08pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Around the Nation

A Business Incubator Gives Funding And Jobs To Vets

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 5:08 am

Illumatek makes windshields that are engraved and lit with fiber optics so motorcycles are more visible on the road. Its founder worked with VETransfer, a nonprofit that connects veteran entrepreneurs with funding and business skills.

Courtesy of John Miller

As the U.S. winds down military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and troops come home, many are eager to start work in the civilian sector. But it's been tough: The federal government reports the unemployment rate for young veterans has hovered around 30 percent this year.

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4:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Penalties For 'Worst' Hospitals Could Hurt Minorities

Rating the best hospitals has become commonplace, with U.S. News & World Report, various research firms and lots of websites routinely issuing rankings.

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4:51pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Education

Grant Funds Study into Appalachia's Economy

The University of Kentucky has received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to study economic development in eastern Kentucky. The study involves faculty from UK’s business school and schools of social work, public health, sociology and agriculture. Business professor Walter Ferrier is the study’s principal investigator. He says the researchers will look at the region’s economic development organizations.

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4:18pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 4:02 am

Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally in New York's Foley Square on Wednesday.

Seth Wenig AP

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions have announced that they're now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.

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4:09pm

Wed October 5, 2011
National Security

Gap Grows Between Military, Civilians On War

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 4:42 pm

A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows a significant divergence on attitudes toward war and military service between members of the military and civilians.

David Gilkey NPR

As the U.S. marks the 10th anniversary of its involvement in the Afghan war this week, a Pew Research Center report shows some wide differences between the way military members and the general public view the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pew researchers talked to nearly 4,000 people, split almost evenly between military veterans and civilians. Paul Taylor, the editor of the study, said he wanted to explore this unique moment in American history.

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