4:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Deaths From Dangerous Gut Bacteria Hit Historic Highs

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:19 pm

The C. difficile bacteria causes infections that kill about 14,000 Americans each year, the CDC reports.
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Federal health officials Tuesday called on hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and doctors' offices to work harder to fight the spread of a dangerous bacterial infection that can cause life-threatening diarrhea and other complications.

While other health-care related infections have been decreasing in recent years, cases of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, continue rising, according to Clifford McDonald of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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4:07pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Looks For Knockout In Super Tuesday States

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporters at his Super Tuesday rally in Boston.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Super Tuesday was an almost perfect reflection of the Republican presidential primary process so far this year.

Mitt Romney won the most states and built up a solid lead in delegates. Yet he was forced to vastly outspend his nearest rival to win the most important contest — Ohio, where he narrowly defeated Rick Santorum.

Romney won five other states, but Santorum captured three, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won one.

It's been this way for Romney all year. With a potentially game-changing contest on the line, Romney has always found a way to win.

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4:01pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Economy

How Many U.S. Jobs Does Apple Really Create?

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:19 pm

Apple's store in New York City's Grand Central station employs about 315 people.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Apple has about 47,000 workers in the U.S. That's not a huge amount for such a profitable and influential company. Now the tech giant is saying it has actually created about 10 times that many jobs indirectly.

Some economists are skeptical of the claim. And the move comes as Apple is facing increased criticism and scrutiny over labor practices at factories it outsources to in China.

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3:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Join Us For Live Blogging Of Super Tuesday Contests

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 3:56 pm

As the news comes in tonight about the Republican presidential campaign's 10 Super Tuesday contests, we'll be helping out the Elections Desk by live blogging.

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2:55pm

Tue March 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama To Romney: 'Good Luck Tonight ... Really'

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 2:58 pm

Before we get deep into the news of the Super Tuesday primaries, here's something from the lighter side of politics.

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2:54pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Law

To Solve Hacking Case, Feds Get Hacker Of Their Own

The LulzSec icon on Twitter.
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Federal prosecutors have charged five men with responsibility for some of the biggest computer hacks in the past few years. The FBI says the hackers penetrated the computer systems of businesses like Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures, stole confidential information and splashed it all over the Internet.

But what's most unusual about the case is how investigators cracked it — with the help of an insider who became a secret government informant.

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2:10pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Rough Day On Wall Street; Dow Has Sharpest Drop Of Year

The stock market has been having a good year, so you might have been expecting some sort of a "correction."

Today may have been that day.

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1:59pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Monkey See

Spurred By Success, Publishers Look For The Next 'Hunger Games'

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:19 pm

The film version of the young adult book sensation The Hunger Games opens March 23rd. The hype around the movie has sent the sales of the already best-selling trilogy to new heights. And publishers are eagerly churning out more books set in post apocalyptic dystopian worlds — just like The Hunger Games.

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1:54pm

Tue March 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Mine Safety Agency Reports Failures Before Deadly Explosion

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:19 pm

Mine helmets and painted crosses sat at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine on April 5, as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there one year earlier.
Jeff Gentner AP

The latest federal review of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion again blames Massey Energy for the deaths of 29 coal miners and says Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failures did not directly contribute to the blast.

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1:27pm

Tue March 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Centers At Schools Get A Funding Boost

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 5:19 pm

April Casanova-Rios (second from right) visits the school health center at Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles with her family. Her son, Isaiah Casanova (to her right), is a sophomore at the school.
Kelley Weiss NPR

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students.

At Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles students often visit a modest trailer at the back of the sprawling campus. It's in a neighborhood near downtown L.A. where houses are missing windows and have peeling paint.

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