4:25pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

TEDMED Takes Its Big Health Tent To Washington

TEDMED: Live from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
NPR

The phenomenon that is TEDMED has rolled into the nation's capital. And I'm camped out at the Kennedy Center for the nerdfest.

What's the big deal? I'm still trying to figure that out as the meeting is well into its second day. It's an event, that's for sure, and it's supposed to be a way for people who care a lot about health care to get together and make some headway on thorny problems.

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4:18pm

Wed April 11, 2012

4:06pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Arrested On Murder Charge In Trayvon Martin Case

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 7:13 pm

State Attorney Angela Corey announces that George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Win McNamee Getty Images

George Zimmerman, who says he killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has been arrested and will face a charge of second-degree murder, says State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor investigating Martin's death.

Corey said that Zimmerman turned himself in to the authorities Wednesday.

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3:50pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

2 Marines Killed, 2 Injured In Osprey Crash In Morocco

Two U.S. Marines have been killed and two others injured when the V-22 Osprey they were in crashed Wednesday during a training exercise in Morocco.

NPR's Larry Abramson is reporting that the reservists were part of a Marine unit participating in the annual African Lion exercise with the Moroccan military. The two severely injured Marines are being treated in country.

More information about those killed and wounded will be released after the notification of next of kin.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but NPR's Abramson notes:

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3:23pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Your Money

Your (Virtual) Future Self Wants You To Save Up

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 7:22 pm

Professor Hal Hershfield (left), 32, uses a computer program to get an idea of what he might look like at 70 (right).
Chinthaka Herath Courtesy of Hal Hershfield

A retirement crisis is looming. As people live longer, one study finds that half of all households are at risk of coming up short on retirement money. And while many working households may feel they simply don't have enough to spare for retirement, experts say some of the biggest barriers to saving up are psychological.

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3:20pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Election 2012

Romney And Ryan: A Budding Political Bromance

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 6:51 pm

Mitt Romney jokes with Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan during a pancake brunch on April 1 in Milwaukee.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

One of the sharpest dividing lines emerging between President Obama and GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is the budget introduced in Congress by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with its sharp cuts in domestic spending and lower tax rates.

Both sides see it as a winning issue for the fall campaign. The Obama campaign likes to call it the "Romney-Ryan budget" — and Romney hasn't objected.

On the campaign trail in Wisconsin, Ryan was a constant presence with Romney before that state's April 3 Republican primary, which Romney won.

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2:46pm

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Faults UC Davis Administrators, Police In Pepper Spray Incident

Nov. 18, 2011: Occupy protesters get sprayed at University of California Davis.
YouTube

2:18pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Education

Spate Of Bomb Threats Annoys Pittsburgh Students

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 6:51 pm

Students wait to pass through a security checkpoint at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning on Tuesday. Security has tightened at the school after a string of false bomb threats on the campus.
Larkin Page-Jacobs WESA

Since mid-February, the University of Pittsburgh has received more than 50 bomb threats, and while they've all been false alarms, they have succeeded in disrupting campus life. Tighter security measures are now in place, but the threats continue, and students are wondering how they'll be able to make up class work and prepare for final exams.

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2:04pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Asia

N. Korea May Stage Nuclear Test After Rocket Launch

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 6:51 pm

A concert in Pyongyang in February 2012 commemorates the birthday of North Korea's late leader, Kim Jong Il. The backdrop shows a North Korean rocket that was launched in April 2009 — and was followed a month later by a nuclear test.
Kyodo/Landov

As North Korea reaches the final stage of preparations for a long-range rocket launch, concern is growing that it is in the early stages of preparing its underground test site for another nuclear explosion.

Pyongyang established the pattern three years ago when it tested a similar rocket and then followed it a month later with a nuclear test.

This time around, there may be a more urgent need to test a nuclear device. The bomb is very likely the result of a significant expansion of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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2:02pm

Wed April 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Not Just For Laughs: Why Humor Can Be A Powerful Campaign Tool

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:52 am

President Obama has a chance to make fun of his opponents — and himself — when he addresses the annual White House Correspondents' Association gala later this month. Last year he joked about Donald Trump and the "birther" issue.
Martin H. Simon-Pool Getty Images

At the end of the month, President Obama will deliver a string of punch lines at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's an annual tradition, a chance for the man at the top of the pyramid to poke fun at his political opponents and himself.

Humor is an essential tool in any politician's kit — all the more so in an age of instant, constant media. It can disarm an opponent, woo a skeptical voter or pierce an argument. This year, both Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney are using it to try to win the upper hand in the presidential race.

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