10:05am

Tue April 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:02 pm

Katherine Tapp, 26, tries a rapid HIV test offered at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Washington, D.C., in June 2012. It's part of an effort to get more people screened.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Everybody needs an HIV test, at least once.

That's the verdict from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has just joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a scrum of professional medical societies in calling for universal testing for the virus that causes AIDS.

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9:41am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Home Prices Continue To Rise Across The Nation

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:10 am

A home that was for sale earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

There were solid increases in home prices during the month of February across all 20 major cities where that data is tracked, according to the latest S&am

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9:21am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Bombing In Syrian Capital Kills At Least 13 People

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:15 am

Syrian government security officers after a blast in the Marjeh district of Damascus on Tuesday.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Syrian state TV is reporting that a bomb blast in Damascus has killed at least 13 people, a day after the country's prime minister narrowly escaped a car bomb.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces seeking to topple President Bashar Assad to strike at his heavily protected seat of power. ...

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9:16am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

In Japan: Running Out Of Places To Put Radioactive Water

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:56 am

As they inspected an underground storage pool near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant earlier this month, Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose (4th from left) and other officials wore protective suits and masks. Radioactive water stored in some of the pits has leaked.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. Reuters /Landov

Adding to reporting from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, The New York Times writes Tuesday that:

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9:11am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: Rumors Of My Demise Are Exaggerated

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 2:02 pm

President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov
  • President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)

Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:

"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.

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8:04am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Winnie-The-Pooh' Author Wrote WWI Propaganda

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:38 am

British author A.A. Milne looks positively Bond-esque in this photo from 1952.
Associated Press

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

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7:53am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Orange Is Everywhere As Dutch Welcome New King

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:12 pm

New Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters wave to the crowd Tuesday from the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam.
Patrick Van Katwijk DPA /LANDOV

The signing ceremony looked rather simple, but the celebrations seemed joyous Tuesday in Amsterdam as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands handed over the crown to her son Willem-Alexander.

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7:50am

Tue April 30, 2013
Europe

40,000-Piece Puzzle Has A Great Fall

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The day after British jigsaw puzzle maker Dave Evans finished his 40,000-piece puzzle, it was leaning on a wall and suddenly had a great fall. This biggest ever hand-cut wooden puzzle is a montage of images form the queen's jubilee and it's due to be displayed in one of the queen's ballrooms next week.

So Evans is asking for help, hoping that some of the queen's men and women can help him put it back together again. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:37am

Tue April 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Colorado To Tax Legalized Marijuana

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:19 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The debate over taxes now extends to pot. Colorado voted to legalize marijuana but lawmakers have been debating how to tax it, and that debate is partisan. Democrats want taxes high, saying consumers will gladly pay. Republicans want lower taxes, saying otherwise a black market will develop. But to their credit, lawmakers took a deep breath, inhaled, and let the system work. After considering a 30 percent tax, the State House trimmed it to 25.

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7:08am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozen People Said To Be Under Investigation In Boston Probe

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:38 am

This image from a surveillance video helped investigators identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev (in black cap) and his brother, Dzhokhar (in white cap), as the main suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
FBI.gov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Dina Temple-Raston reports

The investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon is widening, with authorities looking at about a dozen people to see whether they might have helped the two main suspects either before or after the attack, law enforcement officials familiar with the probe tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston.

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