12:01am

Thu July 14, 2011
Health

Mediterraneans Abandon Their Famous Diet

A vegetable stall at at market in Venice. Even in Italy, healthy peasant fare like fresh vegetables and fruits isn't cheap, leading many there to abandon the famously healthy Mediterranean Diet.
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It's not news that Americans are getting fatter and fatter and the same is happening in many countries around the world. What may come as a bit of a surprise is that it's even happening in Mediterranean countries, especially among young people.

Pioppi, a little, seaside Italian town, south of Naples, is home of the Mediterranean Diet. In fact, there's a museum here dedicated to Ancel Keys, a Minnesota physiologist who traveled to Europe during the 1940s and 1950s to study the diet of people living near the Mediterranean Sea.

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9:51pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Politics

Debt-Ceiling Deal? 'Hell, No Caucus' Stands Firm

A fourth consecutive day of talks at the White House for a deal to raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2 ended abruptly Wednesday night, with President Obama walking out on a meeting with congressional leaders. That was hours after the credit-ratings agency Moody's threatened to cut the U.S. credit rating, warning of an increased risk of a government debt default.

Meanwhile, GOP congressional leaders in particular are increasingly at odds with members of their own party in the debt-ceiling debate.

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7:28pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Economy

Moody's Puts U.S. Credit Rating Under Review

Moody's Investor Services is putting the United States' top-notch credit rating under review for a possible downgrade. The credit ratings agency's action comes as lawmakers continue talks on how to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Jim Zarroli.

6:53pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Law

Roger Clemens Lied About Steroid Use, Jury Told

Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens (right) walks with his attorney, Rusty Hardin, as he arrives at the U.S. District Court for the start of his perjury trial on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens, winner of a record seven Cy Young awards, sat silently in federal court on Wednesday, as his trial opened on charges of perjury and obstruction of Congress — charges that carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Clemens remained expressionless as the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham, told the jury that the government had physical proof that the 48-year-old one-time pitching ace had been repeatedly injected with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

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5:55pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Moody's Puts U.S. Credit Rating On Review For Possible Downgrade

As the clock ticks down to the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Moody's Investor Service became the first of the big-three rating agencies to put the United States' Aaa credit rating on review for possible downgrade.

Reuters reports:

In a statement, Moody's said it sees a "rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not be raised on a timely basis, leading to a default on U.S. Treasury debt obligations."

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5:51pm

Wed July 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Bachmann, Other House Conservatives, Accuse Obama Of Debt Scare Tactics

Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks while fellow Republicans representatives Louie Gohmert of Texas (l) and Steve King of Iowa wait.
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Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, suggested Wednesday that he'd like President Obama to be more like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

No, he wasn't talking about wanting Obama to massively expand the federal government or engage in more Keynesian pump-priming.

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5:21pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Science/Health

New WIC Card in Fayette County

The women, infant, and children assistance program, which has been in place for decades, will soon provide benefits through a plastic, debit card. The list of supplemental foods offered through WIC for low income mothers and their infants and toddlers includes dairy products, produce and cereals.  Now, a plastic debit type card will allow low-income moms buy healthy food when it's needed and without stigma.

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5:15pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

In Opening Argument, Prosecution Says Needles Have Clemens' DNA, Steroids

Lawyers delivered their opening arguments in the trial of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. Prosecutors told the jury that the government had needles and cotton swabs that had Clemens' DNA and anabolic steroids, while the defense said the evidence was faked.

NPR's Nina Totenberg summed up the first day of the case for our Newscast unit like this:

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5:11pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Statehouse News

Mountain Towns Added to Disaster Request

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has asked for a major disaster declaration from President Obama for those parts of Eastern Kentucky damaged by flooding, high winds and tornadoes on June 19. Beshear requested Individual Assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

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5:09pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Statehouse News

State's E-Warrant System Expands

Frankfort - Five more Kentucky counties - Garrard, Jessamine, Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle - have been added to eWarrants, the state's electronic warrant management system. This brings to 84 the number of Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants.  The Office of the Attorney General, along with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Open Portal Solutions, Inc., provided training and support for eWarrants.

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