10:52am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Pine Ridge Reservation Lifts Century-Old Alcohol Ban

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 12:25 pm

A sign on a building in Whiteclay, Neb., urging Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents to approve the legalization of alcohol sales.
Carson Walker AP

Native Americans at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota have voted to overturn a more than century-old ban on alcohol in a decision that critics say will spur an increase in already high rates of domestic abuse, suicide and infant mortality.

Tribe members finalized the vote count Wednesday: 1,871 for legalization and 1,679 against.

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10:36am

Thu August 15, 2013
Business

Can Paula Deen Recover (And Who Really Pays If She Doesn't)?

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 12:10 pm

In better times — just last year — Paula Deen promoted a new line of furniture. While Universal Furniture International said in July it will continue to market the Paula Deen Home Collection, several other endorsers have dropped Paula Deen products.
Joshua Gunter The Plain Dealer/Landov

Paula Deen might have a hard time recovering.

The other day, a judge threw out charges of racial discrimination filed against the celebrity chef. That made sense, since the person suing Deen is white.

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10:00am

Thu August 15, 2013
Community

Opening Soon: A Food Bank For Pets

Credit 4 Paws Pantry

The grand opening at 4 Paws Pantry, a nonprofit food bank for dogs and cats, will be August 24, 2014. 

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9:57am

Thu August 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Safety Checklist To Save Teen Athletes' Lives

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:03 am

Ray Copeland, a football coach at Bishop McGuinness High School, puts his players through a workout in Oklahoma City in 2007. As is often the case in much of the U.S., the first day of high school football practice that year began in a heat wave.
AP

For all the benefits of exercise and teamwork to the heart and head, high school athletes still lead the nation in athletics-related deaths. And it doesn't have to be that way, sports medicine specialists say.

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9:53am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Blames Economy And Payroll Taxes For Slowed Earnings

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:23 pm

Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Wal-Mart is blaming depressed demand amid a still-shaky economy and a rise in payroll taxes for disappointing earnings in the quarter ending July 31.

The world's largest retailer said Thursday that its net income rose to $4.07 billion, barely above the $4.02 billion it earned in the same quarter last year.

According to Reuters, sales at U.S. stores that have been open for at least one year fell 0.3 percent.

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9:48am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:41 pm

Stuntman Mark Sutton, doubling for actor Daniel Craig (or, as James Bond) during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics last summer.
Ian Langsdon EPA /LANDOV

"The stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident," the BBC reports. "Mark Sutton, 42, from Surrey, died Wednesday while wingsuit flying near Martigny, Switzerland. Swiss police investigating the Briton's death said it appeared he had died after crashing into a ridge of rock."

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9:00am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop To Pre-Recession Level

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 10:37 am

The scene at a career fair held by the National Urban League last month in Philadelphia.
Mark Makela Reuters/Landov

There were 320,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

Not only is that 15,000 fewer than had been filed the week before, it's also the lowest number for any single week since before the U.S. economy officially slipped into its most recent recession, in December 2007.

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8:20am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Sideways Rocket Hop' By SpaceX Prototype

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:50 pm

The "Grasshopper" during its hop into the air.
SpaceX

The engineers at SpaceX this week successfully launched a 10-story rocket to an altitude of about 800 feet, moved it about 330 feet sideways and then brought the "Grasshopper" back down to its landing pad.

Check out the video.

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7:48am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Slam Poet's 'OCD' Love Poem Makes Waves

Neil Hilborn performs "OCD" at the 2013 Rustbelt Poetry Slam.
YouTube

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:32am

Thu August 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Gingrich: Most GOP Lawmakers Have 'Zero' Ideas On Health Care

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 9:47 am

Republicans need to pitch their own ideas on healthcare, not just object to the president's, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Look your Republican member of Congress in the eye and ask, "What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?"

In most cases, says former House speaker and past Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, "they will have zero answer."

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