1:23pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Salt

Why Skipping Salt Is So Hard To Do

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We all know too much sodium in our diet can be bad for our health. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and more. The U.S. dietary guidelines made specific recommendations last year for African Americans to reduce their intake. But why is it so hard to cut back?

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1:04pm

Fri September 23, 2011
It's All Politics

House, Senate Stalemate Over Spending Bill Days Before Potential Shutdown

Speaker John Boehner didn't provide much reason Friday to hope that efforts to avert a federal government shutdown next week wouldn't go to the 11th hour like all congressional spending negotiations since last November's election.

Asked at a brief availability with journalists in the House Press Gallery if he had talked with Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who sets the Senate's agenda, Boehner said:

"I had a conversation with the Senate majority leader before I came down. There wasn't much progress made."

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12:59pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Politics

Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Socialist candidate for the presidency Norman Thomas parades down Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee in 1932, where he made a speech.
AP

The perennial presidential candidate: Like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going. Like Old Man River, he keeps on rolling along. And he is held up as a pure example from the high school civics class in which we were taught that in America anyone can run for president.

He is also, like the majority of people who seek office, an also-ran.

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12:46pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Falling Satellite's Return Delayed, U.S. Again A Possible Landing Site

This artist's conceptual image provided by NASA shows the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS.
NASA

NASA has updated its news on the pending descent of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, and here's the headline: the satellite's re-entry has been pushed back. The UARS is now expected to plunge towards Earth late today or early Saturday, EDT.

The main drag on the satellite's speed - solar activity - is no longer the main reason why the spacecraft is slowing down. Its path, speed and spin are now so unpredictable that scientists say they cannot estimate when it will fall.

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12:41pm

Fri September 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

To Die Or Not To Die From Spontaneous Combustion

No so spontaneous: A stuntman burns during a controlled stunt in Ontario.
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Lead singer of the fake rock band Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins, famously uttered these words in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap: "Dozens of people spontaneously combust every year. It's just not widely reported."

And so an obscure phenomenon exploded into pop culture's collective consciousness.

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12:08pm

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Abbas: It Is Time For A 'Palestinian Spring'

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:48 pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The president of the Palestinian Authority handed United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon an application that asks the world body to recognize Palestine as a member state. The dramatic move caps months of diplomatic wrangling in which the United States and Israel tried to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from reaching this point.

Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson made it official on Twitter, saying:

President Abbas just handed the Palestinian application to the Secretary-General.

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11:45am

Fri September 23, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

PRIDE Celebrates 10th Anniversary

This month a central Kentucky organization celebrates its 10th anniversary. The group is Bluegrass PRIDE, which stands for Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel spoke with Amy Sohner, Executive Director of Bluegrass PRIDE about some of the work the accomplished over the past ten years.

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11:25am

Fri September 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Fannie Mae Missed Chances To Stop Robo-Signing

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 11:29 am

An eviction team removes furniture during a home foreclosure in Longmont, Colorado.
John Moore Getty Images

In two reports released today, regulators say the federal mortagage-financing giant Fannie Mae knew as early as 2006 that lawyers were illegally signing foreclosure documents, but it failed to stop the practice.

The AP reports:

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11:10am

Fri September 23, 2011
Statehouse News

Conway Announces Indictment in Cattle Scheme

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the indictment of four people in connection with a check-kiting scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $840,000 by 172 Kentucky cattle producers and others in late 2010. The indictments follow a nine-month investigation by General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations that began when Eastern Livestock failed to pay nearly 800 producers nationwide an estimated $130 million.

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11:08am

Fri September 23, 2011
Statehouse News

Highway Safety Organizations Receive Federal Funding

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has awarded over $4.7 million to law enforcement agencies and highway safety organizations across the commonwealth to help bolster safety enforcement and education in local communities. The federally funded grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are administered by the KOHS, which is part of the Transportation Cabinet.

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