1:25pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Costa Rican Tribe's Traditional Medicines Get A Modern Media Makeover

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 2:09 pm

According to the Terraba tribe, anise leaves are rich in iron and help with circulation.
Courtesy of Terraba.org

When the Terraba tribe in Costa Rica rallied to oppose a hydroelectric dam they feared would destroy their land and their centuries-old culture, the indigenous community took a modern approach.

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1:05pm

Thu January 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Will Big Government Make A Comeback?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:16 pm

For his second inaugural address, President Obama defended government as central to harnessing the energy of American individuals.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

For years, Democratic politicians have been shy about talking up the virtues of government. It was all the way back in 1996 that President Bill Clinton declared "the era of big government is over."

That may have changed with President Obama's second inaugural address. Obama declared that only through government and "collective action" can the nation achieve its full promise.

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12:48pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Mr. Colbert, Take Down That Box!

Some guy who appears on Comedy Central.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Thanks, Stephen Colbert, for calling attention to our Tuesday post about whether Beyoncé did or did not lip-sync the national anthem at Monday's presidential inauguration.

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12:40pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Can An Ex-Prosecutor Make The SEC Tougher On Wall Street?

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 6:38 am

Mary Jo White, then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a May 2001 press conference following guilty verdicts in the trial of four followers of Osama bin Laden that bombed two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. President Obama intends to nominate White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission has prosecuted terrorists and mobsters. If she's confirmed, Mary Jo White's next challenge will be tackling reckless behavior on Wall Street.

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12:20pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Women In Combat: Five Key Questions

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:06 pm

Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. The Pentagon announced Thursday that women will no longer be banned from combat roles.
Mark Humphrey AP

The Pentagon's announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions that the military will have to address. Here's a few of them:

How many combat positions are there in the military?

As in all militaries, U.S. combat troops are a relatively small percentage of the overall force. The U.S. military has 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and women are barred from 237,000 positions, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon will now be reviewing those positions, and many will be opened up to women.

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11:50am

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

United Nations Launches Investigation Into U.S. Drone Program

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:43 pm

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in who they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The United Nations' special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism launched an investigation Thursday into the United States' targeted killing program.

Ben Emmerson, from Britain, will lead the inquiry, which will focus on the civilian effect of the program as well, as the legal framework governing drone attacks.

Reuters explains:

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10:52am

Thu January 24, 2013
The Salt

In Order To Live With People, Canines Evolved To Love Carbs

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 7:42 am

Got spaghetti? Dogs digest starch more efficiently than their wolf ancestors, which may have been an important step during dog domestication.
Lauren Solomon/iStockphoto.com/Nicholas Moore Courtesy of Nature
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These days, a trip down the dog food aisle of your local pet store or supermarket can be a little overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands out there, catering to – let's be honest – every dog owner's taste: everything from generic kibble to organic nuggets.

There are even dog food cookbooks and specialty gourmet shops for people who want their pets to eat as well – or better – than they do.

How did we get here? The first step happened thousands of years ago, when meat-eating wolves evolved to tolerate people – and their more starchy, plant-based diet.

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10:32am

Thu January 24, 2013
Author Interviews

'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 4:50 am

The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2011.
AK2 iStockphoto.com

In the introduction to his new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright writes, "Scientology plays an outsize role in the cast of new religions that have arisen in the 20th century and survived into the 21st."

The book is a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. A recent ad for Scientology claims to welcome 4.4 million new converts each year.

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10:31am

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Anonymous Hackers In Britain Sent To Jail For Paypal, Mastercard Attacks

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:42 pm

The "Anonymous" logo is seen on a tablet screen.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Two hackers associated with the group Anonymous will serve time in jail. A British judge handed down the sentence after the two were convicted of perpetrating attacks against the Paypal and Mastercard websites.

The BBC reports Christopher Weatherhead, 22, and Ashley Rhodes, 28, will serve 18 months and seven months respectively. The BBC adds:

"Co-defendant Peter Gibson was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, while another defendant, Jake Birchall, 18, will be sentenced later."

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10:25am

Thu January 24, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

Te'o Drama Is Telling In More Ways Than One

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 2:28 pm

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
David J. Phillip AP

Finally, I have a word about Manti Te'o, the star Notre Dame linebacker, Heisman trophy runner up, who says he was the victim of an ugly hoax where someone — probably a male friend of his — created an online identity of a young women, with whom Te'o says he fell in love, although he never met her.

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