4:23pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Environmental Group Rates 'Superstar' Beaches, And Their Dirty Brethren

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:14 pm

Doheny Beach in Orange County, Calif. photographed in 2005. A new report on the nation's beaches found that Doheny exceeded at least one water quality standard 42 percent of the time it was tested in 2010.
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Fourth of July weekend is right there on the horizon, and beach bunnies everywhere are mulling where to drop their towels and umbrellas. Fortunately, they can refer to the Natural Resource Defense Council Testing the Waters report, released today, before making that call.

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4:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Record

EMI Publishing Dumps ASCAP

Courtesy of EMI Publishing

The music business has undergone drastic changes during the Internet era, but until recently, one thing that hadn't changed was the role of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known to the industry as ASCAP. This performance rights organization has helped songwriters and music publishers get paid when their songs are played in radio broadcasts, on elevators and in clubs for nearly 100 years. But as broadcasting moves online, ASCAP's future may be uncertain.

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4:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Health Overhaul Law

The first of three U.S. Appeals courts has now weighed in on the constitutionality of law year's health overhaul, and the news couldn't have been much better for backers of the Affordable Care Act.

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3:56pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Two-Way

New Estimate For The Cost Of U.S. Wars: About $4 Trillion

A group of researchers at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies set out to answer a number of hard questions about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Broadly, though, they spent a year trying to figure out the cost of war.

What they found was the the United States had spent somewhere around $3.2 to $4 trillion since the wars began 10 years ago. Of that, only $1.3 trillion is from Pentagon war appropriations. They report:

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3:33pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Real-World Test For Drug To Reduce Deaths From Childbirth

A group of traditional birth attendants took part in a yearlong trial of misoprostol in rural areas of Mozambique. Here they review a booklet on proper administration of the pills.
Melissa Block NPR

Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death in the developing world.

Several groups looking to change that have been running trials with the drug misoprostol, which can prevent bleeding after birth, to show that the medicine can be safely administered by traditional birth attendants who deliver babies in homes.

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3:22pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Boehner: President Is Ignoring Reality

Here's the official reaction from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to President Obama's news conference, during which the president said Republicans need to be willing to compromise on taxes just as Democrats need to agree to spending cuts in programs they like if progress is to be made on cutting the federal deficit and long-term debt:

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3:21pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Books

At 75, 'Gone With The Wind' Marks Yet 'Another Day'

Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind marks its 75th anniversary on Thursday. A 1936 promotional poster for the book shows heroine Scarlett O'Hara running through the streets as Atlanta burns.
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As a child growing up just south of Atlanta, Margaret Mitchell used to sit on the front porch, listening to adults tell stories about the Civil War as they passed still summer nights in Clayton County. Those stories went on to help inspire one of the most famous novels of all time — Gone with the Wind, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

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3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

Obama Challenges GOP Lawmakers In Budget Debate

President Obama took questions from reporters Wednesday at his first news conference since March. He called out congressional Republicans for their refusal to consider any revenue increases as part of a budget deal. Mister Obama also took questions regarding his views on same-sex marriage.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

Congress Reacts To Obama's Presser

President Obama tells Congress to get cracking on the deficit reduction talks — and maybe not take so many vacations. After all, Mister Obama said, his kids do their homework ahead of time, so why can't Congress?

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Europe

Member Of Greece's Parliament Discusses Austerity Vote

Greece's Parliament approved tough austerity measures Wednesday, prompting more protests and clashes in the streets. For some members of Parliament, the move is politically risky. Robert Siegel speaks with Spyros Kouvelis, a member of Greece's Parliament who voted "yes" to the austerity measures, about the decision — and what it means to those Parliament members whose "yes" vote may have put their political careers on the line.

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