10:11am

Fri March 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

How A Sleep Disorder Might Point To A Forgotten Future

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:03 pm

A towel covers the face of a man in a geriatric day care facility of the German Red Cross at Villa Albrecht in Berlin.
Carsten Koall Getty Images

What you do while you're asleep may say something about your cognitive function later in life.

Here's why. Mayo Clinic researchers report that having a condition called REM sleep behavior disorder, in which you act out dreams in your sleep, appears to be a harbinger for something called Lewy body dementia years later — at least in men.

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9:28am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Harvard Stuns New Mexico, And 4 Other Need-To-Knows From The NCAA Tournament

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:34 am

Siyani Chambers and Laurent Rivard of the Harvard Crimson celebrate as the Crimson defeat the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 during the the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harry How Getty Images

The NCAA tournament got off to a stunning start on Thursday: Harvard, known more for its brains and seeded No. 14, sent No. 3 New Mexico packing with a 62-68 win.

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9:19am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Moscow First Stop For New Chinese Leader

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 12:35 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Friday.
Kirill Kudryavtsev AFP/Getty Images

Newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping is following in his predecessor's footsteps by making Russia his first official trip abroad.

The visits by Xi and Hu Jintao before him (in 2003), both meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reinforce how the Cold War rivals have grown closer as they seek to counter U.S. influence in Asia and Europe.

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8:29am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Author Of 'Things Fall Apart,' Dies

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:45 pm

Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe in January 2009.
Abayomi Adeshida AFP/Getty Images

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Lagos, Nigeria, on the death of one of Africa's greatest contemporary writers. Quoting his publisher, AP, CNN, and the BBC are reporting Chinua Achebe has died.

Chinua Achebe who taught at colleges in the United States made literary history with his 1958 best-seller Things Fall Apart, a sobering tale about Nigeria at the beginning of its colonization.

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8:11am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Gets Cold Shoulder From Russia On Bailout Aid

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:47 pm

An employee of Cyprus Laiki (Popular) Bank reacts as he takes part in a protest outside Parliament on Friday in the capital, Nicosia.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

As a deadline on Cyprus to come up with a financial bailout plan nears, a possible rescue from Russia looks to have fallen apart, leaving the island nation few options for staving off default.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said as far as Moscow was concerned "the talks have ended," but Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev left the door open, saying aid from Moscow would be contingent on Cyprus gaining European Union backing for its other money-raising ideas.

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8:02am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Closes Trip To Israel, West Bank With Memorial Visits

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:24 am

President Barack Obama pays his respects in the Hall of Remembrance in front of Israel's President Shimon Peres, Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau after marines layed a wreath on his behalf during his visit to the memorial on Friday.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

President Obama wrapped up his trip to Israel and the West Bank on Friday with visits to three symbolic pilgrimage sites: First he laid a stone on the grave of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, then he laid a wreath and a stone on the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli leader assassinated in 1995. Finally, Obama made a somber visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

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7:54am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Newly Found Oscar Wilde Letter: 'Sacrifice For Your Art'

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:05 am

Playwright Oscar Wilde poses in an 1882 photo.
New York Public Library, Sarony ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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7:52am

Fri March 22, 2013
Education

Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 12:43 am

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks outside Mahalia Jackson Elementary School in Chicago about the planned closing of 54 public schools. Opponents say the plan will disproportionately affect minority students in the nation's third-largest school district.
M. Spencer Green AP

In Chicago, officials have released a long-feared list that places more than 50 schools on the chopping block. The public school district faces a $1 billion shortfall, and the mayor says many of the city's school buildings are half empty. Some angry parents and teachers say the plan will harm children and they'll fight to keep the schools open.

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7:24am

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Marines Killed In Shooting At Base In Virginia

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:35 am

The entrance to the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico on Friday.
Matthew Barakat AP

A Marine opened fire at a Virginia base Thursday night, killing two other Marines before turning the gun on himself.

Quoting Marine Base Quantico spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan, the AP reports the shootings happened after 11 p.m. near the Officer Candidate School. The AP adds:

"Authorities entered the barracks early Friday and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound along with a second victim. Solivan could not say what prompted authorities to enter the barracks, which are at the base's officer candidate school.

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6:51am

Fri March 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Petition Calls On Congress To Dress Like NASCAR Drivers

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:55 am

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