4:39pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Deadly Day In Pakistan: Dozens Killed In Multiple Blasts In Quetta

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 5:53 pm

Pakistani police officers and residents gather at the site of a bomb blast that targeted paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area in the city of Quetta, killing 11 people. Later in the day, twin blasts at a snooker club in the city killed at least 80 people.
Arshad Butt AP

Back-to-back bomb blasts in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday have claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

"The death toll has risen to 81 so far," Mir Zubair Mehmood, a senior police official, said at a news conference. He said 121 people were wounded. His comments were reported by the privately owned Geo TV.

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4:28pm

Thu January 10, 2013
It's All Politics

Estimated Costs Drive Debate As Florida Weighs Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 6:26 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale in May.
J. Pat Carter AP

Florida and several other states are wrestling with a decision: whether to expand Medicaid.

When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last year, the court said states could opt out of that part of the law. But it's key. It would provide coverage to millions of low-income Americans who currently have no health insurance.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's concerned about how much expanding Medicaid would cost. But others charge the governor is exaggerating.

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4:20pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 9:07 am

Scientists have found that bilingual seniors are better at skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers.
iStockphoto.com

Not so long ago bilingualism was thought to be bad for your brain. But it looks more and more like speaking more than one language could help save you from Alzheimer's disease.

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3:57pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Agreed, Baby Pandas Are Cute. But Why?

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 1:05 pm

Tai Shan and his mother, Mei Xiang, enjoy frozen fruit treats at the National Zoo in 2006.
Avie Schneider NPR

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. Fans crowded around the exhibit, their camera lenses extended, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub. If they're lucky and actually do see the 16-pound panda (his Chinese name means "Little Gift"), there'll be much oooing and aaahing.

You'd have to be heartless not to agree that pandas, especially the youngest of them, are as cute as all get-out. Right? But why?

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3:25pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:47 am

Major League baseball will begin random regular-season blood tests for human growth hormone, seen here in an injector pen holding about one week's worth of HGH doses at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University.
M. Spencer Green AP

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by

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3:06pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

What Does $1 Trillion Worth Of Platinum Look Like?

You'd need a lot of these — think in terms of railroad cars to haul them — to have $1 trillion.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

OK, OK. We know that you don't actually need $1 trillion worth of platinum to make this debt-defying coin.

But just for the sake of some financial fun, how much platinum would you actually need to mint a coin that contains a trillion dollars worth of platinum?

Turns out, it's probably more than mankind has available on the market right now.

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2:29pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

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2:14pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 2:57 pm

Jack Lew has been nominated to be the next Treasury secretary.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
  • President Obama announces nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury

Saying he "cannot think of a better person" to take the job, President Obama this afternoon formally announced he is nominating Jacob "Jack" Lew, his chief of staff, to be the next Treasury secretary.

Word of Obama's decision to tap Lew, who previously served as budget director in the Obama and Clinton administration, broke Wednesday.

"Jack has my complete trust," Obama said.

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2:11pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Salt

Moroccans Celebrate A Bountiful Year For Date Harvest

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 5:38 pm

A Moroccan date harvester sorts his yield, which was well above average this year.
Jeff Koehler for NPR

In the heart of the Moroccan oasis and palm grove of Skoura, west of Marrakesh, yellow and reddish dates dangled heavily from branches high above us. It's going to be a good year, a man harvesting dates said, offering me a handful of fresh, still-yellow fruit cut from the tree just moments before.

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1:50pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 300 College Presidents Push For Changes In Gun Laws

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:24 pm

President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012)
Caroline Joe Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012

As Vice President Joe Biden meets today with the NRA and other organizations, another group of American leaders is speaking out on the issue of gun safety.

More than 300 college and university presidents have signed an open letter to American lawmakers, urging immediate action to curb gun violence and reform gun safety laws.

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