7:38am

Wed May 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

Build a cardiac catheterization lab and doctors will tend to use it, even if treatment with drugs alone would suffice.
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Why do some doctors keep performing expensive medical procedures after it becomes apparent there are cheaper and equally safe ways to treat patients? A study of cardiac procedures in Michigan takes a crack at this question, and while it comes up short on definitive answers, it has some provocative findings.

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6:57am

Wed May 2, 2012
The Two-Way

We Had Dinner With Bin Laden In 2010, Men Tell BBC

Following the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the image of the al-Qaida leader was one of a man in hiding, watching himself on videos and plotting.
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The story that Osama bin Laden never left his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the last five years of his life takes a hit with word from the BBC about a dinner the al-Qaida leader reportedly attended in the summer of 2010.

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6:25am

Wed May 2, 2012
Business

Virgin Atlantic Puts Richard Branson On Ice

The airline is molding ice cubes into Richard Branson's image to promote the in-flight bar.

6:16am

Wed May 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Thousands Of Bees Removed From New Jersey Home

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6:15am

Wed May 2, 2012
The Two-Way

'Afghan Good Enough' May Be Best U.S. And Allies Can Do

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:29 am

During his brief visit to Afghanistan, President Obama spoke to troops at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.
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Among the day-after analyses of President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan and the new pact about U.S.-Afghan relations is this from Anthony Cordesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.:

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5:59am

Wed May 2, 2012
Business

UBS Profits Drop 54 Percent In 1st Quarter

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NPR's business news starts with falling profits for UBS.

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GREENE: Suisse Bank UBS announced today that their profits fell 54 percent in the first quarter of this year. The drop is blamed on a decrease in investment banking income, and also because of an accounting charge on its debt.

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5:53am

Wed May 2, 2012
Law

DOJ Downplays Expectation For Hate Crimes Law

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On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm David Greene. Nearly three years ago, Congress passed a federal hate crime law. It makes it illegal to target victims because of their race, religion or sexual orientation. The law drew protests from some Republican lawmakers and religious groups, who said it threatened their free speech rights. And the law has been used sparingly.

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5:51am

Wed May 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Texas Battling Pollution From Poultry Production

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 10:24 am

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Americans are now eating more chicken than beef or pork. And meeting that demand is an industry that some have dubbed big chicken. Texas is a major player in the industry, and so now Texas must manage a problem that in other circumstances we might describe as fallout or blowback. Dave Fehling of member station KUHF in Houston explains what that problem is.

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5:26am

Wed May 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Will China Follow Through On Assurances About Activist's Safety?

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 2:26 pm

Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng earlier today at the a hospital in Beijing. He reportedly injured himself during his escape from house arrest last month.
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  • From 'Morning Edition'

Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng has said to The Associated Press that "he was told Chinese officials would have killed his wife had he not left [the U.S.] embassy," the wire service reports.

It also writes that "Guangcheng says a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had be not left the American Embassy."

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5:03am

Wed May 2, 2012
Business

Pfizer Settles Suit Involving Celebrex

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Pfizer, one of the worlds largest drug companies, will pay Brigham Young University nearly half a billion dollars to settle a patent related lawsuit involving the company's blockbuster painkiller Celebrex.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, the settlement comes as the case was about to go to trial.

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