Shots - Health Blog
1:07 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Listen Up, Walkers: Watch Out For Traffic When Wearing Headphones

Beware of tuning out while crossing the street.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 12:10 pm

By now we all know that distracted driving can kill you. But a new study suggests that distracted walking can be pretty deadly, too.

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Julie Rovner is a health policy correspondent for NPR specializing in the politics of health care.

Reporting on all aspects of health policy and politics, Rovner covers the White House, Capitol Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to issues around the country. She served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

520 tolling
12:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Update: 520 toll system fixed after electrical problem

An electrical glitch caused the new toll system on the Highway 520 bridge to malfunction Tuesday morning, meaning drivers crossed the span for hours without being charged.

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Job Creation
11:55 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels

An employee works on the engine of a Boeing Co. 737 airplane last summer at the company's assembly facility in Renton, Wash.
Associated Press

Washington State inspires envy all over the globe for the large and growing number of high-wage jobs located in the Puget Sound region.

At the heart of our economy is Boeing and the aerospace sector that has grown up around it. Government leaders, unions and policy experts have been patting themselves on the back lately for keeping and growing these jobs.

They also know the competition never rests.

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Second-hand smoke
11:42 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Smoking in your apartment - not for long?

Smoking is banned at work. It’s banned in restaurants and bars. But most smokers can still head home and enjoy as many cigarettes as they’d like. That’s starting to change, when it comes to apartment buildings. 

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Shots - Health Blog
11:36 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Obesity epidemic may have peaked in U.S.

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:08 am

The nation's obesity epidemic appears to have hit a plateau, according to the latest federal data released Tuesday.

Obesity soared in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults and tripling among children. That raised widespread alarm and debate about the causes and possible solutions. Obesity can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious health problems.

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Environment
11:35 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Hanford Nuclear Safety Manager Questions Waste Treatment Plant

Donna Busche, 48, of Richland, has come forward with concerns about Hanford's waste treatment plant project. She is one of several high-level whistleblowers to speak out about the $12 billion plant under construction in southeast Washington. By Anna King.

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:46 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – Waste in underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation may have much more plutonium than previously thought. That's according to a report by a Hanford contractor that's just been leaked to public radio. It's also according to the latest high profile whistleblower to raise serious concerns about a waste treatment plant being built at the Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Wednesday's Web 'blackout' by Wikipedia, others: Good protest?

Wikipedia

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 6:40 am

  • NPR's Dave Mattingly reports

Now that Wikipedia has said it's going to join other websites Wednesday and go black to protest anti-piracy bills being considered by the House and Senate, the backlash against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act has gotten a much higher profile.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Tue January 17, 2012

'Get on board!' Coast Guard officer rages at Italian cruise ship captain

The cruise ship Costa Concordia, earlier today (Jan. 17, 2012).
Laura Lezza Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 7:30 am

  • NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, reporting on the dramatic phone call

Dramatic audio has emerged of an irate Italian Coast Guard officer ordering the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia to "get back on board!" as the stricken vessel lay crippled off the coast of Tuscany on Friday night.

As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, in the telephone call Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco shouts as he accuses Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino of abandoning his ship. Schettino was apparently sitting in a row boat at the time.

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