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11:33 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-sex marriage decision personal for lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor. Photo by Asuza Uchikura

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:44 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

Democrat Jamie Pedersen, who is openly gay, spoke of how same-sex marriage would affect his own family.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

International Meeting On Controversial Bird Flu Research Draws Near

H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:42 am

The World Health Organization has just one week left to prepare for a highly anticipated meeting on controversial bird flu research. One official says that 22 invitations have gone out and the WHO is still waiting to hear back from some of the invitees.

Recent experiments involving the H5N1 bird flu virus have caused a furor in the science community, and the WHO was urged to convene an international discussion.

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The Picture Show
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Time Travel And Photos Of Earth's 'Oldest' Animals

Colors on the highly toxic bush hopper warn predators to stay away.
Piotr Naskrecki

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:02 am

Photographer Piotr Naskrecki presented a hypothetical: "If someone said, 'We have a dinosaur in Central Africa!' — would you consider that worthy of conservation? If so, why?"

That was his way of putting me in place for asking why anyone would care about a creepy grasshopper in South Africa.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Settlement Reached With Banks On Relief For Some Homeowners

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 9:46 am

"After negotiating through the night," NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, states attorneys general, federal officials and five major banks have agreed on a plan that will provide about $26 billion in mortgage relief and aid to homeowners who got crushed when the housing bubble burst.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:11 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low, But Disparities Remain

The rate of pregnancy among teens has dropped.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:57 am

Teen pregnancies are at their lowest rate in nearly 40 years, according to the latest data from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization focused on sexual and reproductive health.

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Gay rights
10:27 am
Tue February 7, 2012

California's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, court says

At the top: Proposition 8's supporters (who oppose same-sex marriage). Below: Proposition 8's opponents. Outside the court today in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 3:26 pm

California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.

As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

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Book Reviews
8:58 am
Tue February 7, 2012

'Miseducation': A cowgirl coming-out story for teens

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 4:00 am

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Shots - Health Blog
8:54 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Screening kids for cholesterol can raise awareness and anxiety

The latest subject in standardized tests for kids: cholesterol.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 7:26 am

Does it help or hurt children to know they have high cholesterol? We're about to find out.

New guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute say every child should be screened for high cholesterol once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Mon February 6, 2012

M.I.A.'s Flip Of The Finger: Big Deal Or Not?

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 8:05 am

(Note: If seeing someone "flip the bird" greatly offends you, this might not be the post for you.)

If it's the morning after a Super Bowl then that must mean everybody's talking not just about the game but about the ads and the halftime show as well.

The game? OK, but not the greatest. (If you haven't heard, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17.)

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Economy
8:29 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Stopping the 'brain drain' of the U.S. economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or financial sector.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 2:39 pm

Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Keegan, an English major, decided to take Bridgewater up on its offer.

"It was only sort of once I was inside the room when I realized ... maybe I'm helping them perfect their recruiting machine, which is exactly what we were doing," Keegan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Health
8:26 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Fewer autopsies mean crucial info goes to the grave

Colleagues of Renee Royak-Schaler at the University of Maryland School of Medicine paid for and conducted an autopsy that revealed that cancer had ravaged her body. Today, autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients.
Jenna Isaacson Pfueller ProPublica

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 12:52 pm

A half-century ago, autopsies — sometimes called the ultimate medical audit — were an integral part of American health care, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. But today, autopsies are conducted on roughly 5 percent of such patients, and experts say that is a troubling trend.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Russia's Hottest Protest Song, Courtesy Of The Military Elite

A screen grab from the YouTube video, "Putin and the Paratroopers."
YouTube

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 9:09 am

An Internet hit is becoming the anthem for Russian protesters as they march against Vladimir Putin's rule.

In the few days since it was posted, more than 1 million people have watched the YouTube video for the song, catapulting its band into sudden stardom. Yet this is no ordinary story of the latest Web sensation.

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Music Interviews
9:03 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Joe Cocker: The 'Hard Knock' Life Of A Singular Singer

Joe Cocker's new album is Hard Knocks.
Olaf Heine

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 8:03 pm

Joe Cocker has one of the most recognizable voices in rock — anyone who's heard his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" can attest to that. The British singer has been belting out hits for more than 40 years, the biggest of which include "Feelin' Alright," "Up Where We Belong" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

But with all that success also came some hard times. Cocker has struggled with drugs, alcohol and financial debt, all of which he's discussed openly.

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Books
9:03 am
Sun February 5, 2012

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200

English novelist Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812. He was the second of eight children, and had little formal education.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 3:04 am

Charles Dickens — one of the most beloved storytellers in the English language — was born 200 years ago Tuesday. He was a comic genius and a social reformer whose novels made him famous in his own time, and continue as classics in ours.

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Around the Nation
8:59 am
Sun February 5, 2012

'Driving America': A cultural road trip through time

This 1957 DeSoto Fireflite is on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:03 am

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is to automobiles what the National Gallery is to art.

The museum has just opened a new exhibit called "Driving America" that looks at the automobile from the point of view of the driver. Curators say they hope the new exhibit will encourage visitors to consider — and maybe reconsider — their own cars and driving habits.

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