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10:27 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Kim Jong Un's Right-Hand Man Resurfaces After Mysterious Absence

In a photograph taken in July, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (from right) stands with Choe Ryong Hae and Jang Song Thaek, Kim's uncle.
Jason Lee Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:41 am

Being North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's deputy can be bad for your health, as the sudden execution last year of the young dictator's No. 2 official has conclusively proven.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:27 am
Fri March 7, 2014

What Is The Funniest Joke In The World?

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Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 8:46 am

What's brown and sticky?

A stick.

I actually laugh every time I hear this joke. That, no doubt, tells you something about me. It doesn't take a lot to make me laugh.

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Shots - Health News
10:25 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Actuaries In Denver Will Get First Peek At Obamacare's Full Cost

Health insurers are banding together to share information about how much new customers are costing health plans. A group of actuaries in Denver will be the first to see the figures, which could be used in calculating future rates.
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Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 8:44 am

Now that medical insurers must accept all applicants no matter how sick, what will these new customers cost health plans? And how will their coverage costs affect insurance prices for 2015 and beyond?

Few questions about the Affordable Care Act are more important. How it all plays out will affect consumer pocketbooks, insurance company profits and perhaps the political fortunes of those backing the health law.

A few Denver actuaries, bound to confidentiality, will be the first to glimpse the answers.

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The Two-Way
10:22 am
Fri March 7, 2014

MasterCard, Visa Team Up To Improve Payment Security

Visa and MasterCard have formed an industry-wide group to improve payment security.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:48 am

Credit-card rivals Visa and MasterCard said Friday they have formed an industry-wide group aimed at improving payment security in the wake of a number of breaches that compromised customers' data.

"The recent high-profile breaches have served as a catalyst for much needed collaboration between the retail and financial services industry on the issue of payment security," Visa President Ryan McInerney said in the statement.

According to Reuters:

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Parallels
10:21 am
Fri March 7, 2014

U.S. Steps In Response To Russia's Intervention In Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry talks Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting in Rome to discuss Ukraine. Diplomacy is among the several approaches the U.S. is taking to resolve the crisis.
Kevin Lamarque AP

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:01 pm

President Obama has condemned Russia's intervention in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, while Secretary of State John Kerry has been meeting with European, Russian and Ukrainian leaders in search of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Here are some of the measures the U.S. has taken in recent days:

Sanctions

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All Tech Considered
10:21 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Why All This Fuss Over Satoshi Nakamoto Is A Boost For Bitcoin

Is this Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious founder of Bitcoin? He says no.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 9:15 pm

On Thursday, Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman reported that she had found the founder of the crypto-currency Bitcoin — the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto, a person or group of people whose true identity has been unknown.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:20 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mary Lou Williams On Piano Jazz

Mary Lou Williams at the CBS studios in 1947.
William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:01 am

Mary Lou Williams was the guest on the the very first Piano Jazz session ever, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins. Host Marian McPartland is initially nervous interviewing her longtime friend and idol, and the cagey Williams still stands as a tough nut to crack.

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Shots - Health News
9:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seeking Solutions For Sexual Aggression Against Women In Bars

What is it about bars that brings out bad behavior?
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Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 11:20 am

Our post on sexual harassment in bars sure struck a nerve.

Earlier this week we covered a study from the University of Toronto that found that men who were sexually aggressive in bars weren't necessarily drunk, and that their actions usually weren't the result of miscommunication.

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Wanapum Dam
12:17 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public

Grant County engineers have lowered water behind the Wanapum Dam to ease pressure on the crack in part of its spillway.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:46 pm

Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

The Dalai Lama delivers the opening prayer Thursday at the U.S. Senate.
C-SPAN.org

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 11:27 am

The U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday was delivered by the Dalai Lama — in his words, "a simple Buddhist monk."

The Tibetan spiritual leader has been in the U.S. for several weeks and his itinerary has included a White House meeting with President Obama, over the strong objections of China. As The Associated Press puts it:

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Arts & Life
5:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

A Lifelong Radio Man Wins New Fans With 'Big Broadcast'

From 1952 to 1974, the "Joy Boys" — Walker (left) and Willard Scott — provided D.C. radio listeners with a daily dose of comedy. Scott went on to work in TV, where he can still be seen on The Today Show; Walker stuck with radio.
Publicity photos from the WRC Graphics Department TheJoyBoys.Com

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:50 pm

Every Sunday night, the Washington, D.C. member station WAMU takes a trip into the past. Music swells and guns blaze as dramas from the golden age of radio hit the airwaves again, on the beloved program The Big Broadcast.

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Shots - Health News
5:30 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too

They're both legal. Either, both or none?
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Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 11:01 am

While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.

Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Those who said they had ever used an e-cigarette were six times more likely to try tobacco than ones who had never tried the e-cig.

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Planet Money
5:29 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:50 pm

President Obama has called for increasing the minimum wage, saying it will help some of the poorest Americans. Opponents argue that a higher minimum wage will lead employers to cut jobs.

Figuring out the effect of raising the minimum wage is tough. Ideally you'd like to compare one universe where the minimum was raised against an alternate universe where it remained fixed.

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The Salt
5:28 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

Going, going, gone. You won't find azodicarbonamide in Nature's Own products. And Subway is phasing it out, too. But lots of manufacturers are still using the additive.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:55 am

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.

A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.

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Shots - Health News
5:27 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Second Baby Cleared Of HIV. Rare Event, Or Hope For Others?

While not conclusive, the two cases are "quite promising," says Anthony Fauci, a longtime AIDS researcher who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:01 am

In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl — now 9 months old — from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral drugs. But researchers who described her case at an AIDS meeting in Boston this week say advanced testing suggests that she is HIV-negative.

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