3:39pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Author Interviews

Shipping: The 'Invisible Industry' That Clothes And Feeds You

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Ninety percent of what we wear, eat and consume is carried by container ships like this one at the state-run Jaya Container Terminal of Sri Lanka's port of Colombo.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Imagine a ship carrying goods in containers that, if lined up, would stretch around 11,000 miles long, or nearly halfway around the planet. Rose George spent several weeks aboard one such ship as research for her new book, Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car and Food on Your Plate.

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2:59pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Industry Ties Raise Questions About Expert Medical Panels

Who's deciding which boxes he gets to check?
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When your doctor is looking to make a diagnosis or choose a treatment, she often checks to see what the experts recommend.

Guidelines from these groups of leading doctors help the average physician decide if it's time to prescribe drugs to lower a patient's cholesterol or turn to medicines for someone's depression.

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2:35pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Nothing Racist' Implied In 'Obama' Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says "nothing racist was ever implied."

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2:09pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

In Moscow, American Runner Dedicates His Medal To Gay Friends

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:18 pm

Nick Symmonds of the United States celebrates winning silver in the Men's 800 meters final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday.
Mark Kolbe Getty Images

The two-time U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds won the silver medal in the 800 meter race, yesterday, in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

That wasn't the news, however. Instead, the news became Symmonds' dedication of his medal to his gay and lesbian friends.

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1:50pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Law

Past Immigration Policies Had A Reverse Effect, Professor Says

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:20 pm

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1:36pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Violence Causes Doctors Without Borders To Exit Somalia

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:05 am

Somali women and children wait to get medicine in July 2008, from a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders about 20 miles south of Mogadishu.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that it's closing all operations in Somalia after 22 years because of the increase in violent attacks and abuse against its staff.

"This is the most difficult announcement that I've had to make as MSF president," Dr. Unni Karunakara said at a press conference from Kenya. "Respect for humanitarian principles no longer exists in Somalia today."

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1:13pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Parallels

French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:40 am

U.S. Marines with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company slide off F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts during training in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The French company Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts for roughly two decades. Now the company is making the rafts in the U.S.
Lance Cpl. Reece E. Lodder Marine Corps Base Hawaii

For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.

"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. It is used by special forces and regular Army."

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1:10pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 5:56 pm

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Jackson was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV's, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items.
Susan Walsh AP

Jesse Jackson Jr., who pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds, was sentenced to 30 months in prison plus three years of supervised release today, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times are reporting.

Earlier during the sentencing hearing, the former Democratic congressman from Chicago and his wife wept, while apologizing for their failings.

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12:51pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Film

2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival Seeks Submissions

The Lookout Wild Film Festival seeks to showcase short and feature-length films about adventure sports, conservation efforts and exploration activities.

Although the festival won't happen until March 2014, submissions are sought right now.

12:51pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

San Diego's Hooters, Other Businesses Tell Mayor To Stay Away

At the entrance to this Hooters restaurant in San Diego, the sign is up telling Mayor Bob Filner that he's not welcome.
Gregory Bull AP

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is refusing calls to resign following the dozen or so accounts of women who say he sexually harassed them, isn't welcome at his city's Hooters restaurants.

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