5:44pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

USDA's Advice For Eating Right Is Hard On The Wallet

The government needs to make the most nutritious fruits and vegetables more affordable, researchers say.
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There are myriad reasons why it's hard to follow a healthy diet in this day and age, and the formidable obesity epidemic in this country is a testament to the fact that too many of us simply can't do it.

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5:26pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Commentary

Summer Sounds: Movies

Film critic Scott Mantz remembers spending his summers inside movie theaters — and those soundtracks are his Summer Sounds.

4:58pm

Thu August 4, 2011
The Two-Way

The Coach Who Was Cool To The Cafeteria Dude

Ray Horton made an unusual bargain with a cafeteria worker when he left his job coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary.
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An unlikely story has emerged from the world of the NFL, which until recently exported only tales of internecine warfare among millionaires. But first: If you're a football fan — but love to hate the Pittsburgh Steelers — you may want to just click away now. Because what happened recently may diminish your ability to despise the Steel Curtain.

The day before Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton left to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator, he stopped by the team complex for some final farewells.

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4:30pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Lotus Singers

Alan Cheuse reviews a collection of short fiction from authors in South Asia, The Lotus Singers. The stories are from writers in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — among other countries.

4:30pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Economy

White House Sets Sights On Job Creation

Now that the debt ceiling debate is over, the Obama administration is promising a renewed effort to create jobs. But what's the best way to stimulate hiring? Melissa Block talks with economists Russell Roberts and Jared Bernstein about their views. Roberts is a professor at George Mason University and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Bernstein is a senior fellow at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a former member of President Obama's economic team.

4:29pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Scorpion Venom Meets Its Match

Ryleigh Wagley is the youngest patient in the U.S. to receive Anascorp, an antivenom against scorpion toxin. She was just 25 days old when she was stung by a scorpion in her crib. Her doctor credits the drug with helping save her life from the potentially deadly sting.
Monica Ortiz Uribe KWRG

Spiders and snakes don't bother me much. But scorpions? Get them away!

If you haven't spent time in the Southwest, you might be surprised to learn how common the creatures are there. And Arizona bark scorpions, in particular, can really do some damage, especially to kids.

When these scorpions sting, they inject a potent neurotoxin, which can be life-threatening for young children and infants. Severe reactions to the stings are seen in more than 200 children each year in Arizona.

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4:08pm

Thu August 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Video: A World Guinness Parallel Parking Attempt In The Tightest Of Spots

Originally published on Thu August 4, 2011 7:49 pm

A tight fit.
World Guinness

Imagine trying this in a tight parking spot in the city:

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3:48pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Economy

Double Dip: Is U.S. Headed For Another Recession?

Stock markets plummeted Thursday amid growing worries about the U.S. economy and Europe's mounting debt problems. In late-afternoon trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was down nearly 500 points, or 4 percent, and other indexes saw similar drops.

The U.S. economy barely grew in the first half of the year. And economists aren't expecting good news about jobs from the Labor Department on Friday.

These indicators and more are raising questions about whether the United States is headed for a double-dip recession

No Growth 'Surge' In Sight

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3:42pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Politics

Congress Reaches Deal To End FAA Shutdown

Construction crews working on a new FAA air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport were told to stop working after the House of Representatives refused to reauthorize routine funding of the Federal Aviation Administration. A deal to restore funding was reached Thursday.
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Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has idled 74,000 federal employees and construction workers and cost the government about $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes, the Senate Democratic leader said Thursday.

The deal would allow the Senate to approve a House bill extending the FAA's operating authority through mid-September, including a provision that eliminates $16.5 million in air service subsidies to 13 rural communities. A vote on the bill is expected Friday.

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3:41pm

Thu August 4, 2011
Law

Behind Bars: A Brief History Of The Defendant's Cage

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:35 am

This video image taken from Egyptian state television shows former President Hosni Mubarak, 83, lying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his trial began Wednesday.
AP

The sight of Hosni Mubarak bedridden and caged in a Cairo courtroom as his trial opened this week was perhaps an unbelievable moment for Egyptians who lived for decades under the former president and his feared secret police.

For others around the world, the images of Mubarak, his sons and other co-defendants held behind interlocking steel mesh have been shocking.

Defendant's cages like the one that housed the 83-year-old former leader may not be common outside Egypt, but they're still in use in parts of the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

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