<p>Although Shane Heathers was warned about the dangers of using synthetic stimulants known as bath salts, he said he wanted to try the drug anyway. He injected it day and night for a week before he ended up at the hospital. Several more bath salts binges followed.</p>
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<p>Heathers punched out three windows when he was high on bath salts. He says he had a pole and was jamming the skylight. </p>
<p>Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan. </p>
Since Gallup started asking Americans in 1969 whether use of marijuana should be legal, most have said no. But in a Gallup poll released yesterday, half of Americans said the government should legalize pot use.
That is a record high.
Here's Gallup's historical chart for the question:
And here's how they characterize the shift in public opinion:
<p> President Obama speaks at a YMCA in Jamestown, N.C., on Tuesday, during a three-day bus tour to promote his American Jobs Act. During the trip, he has drawn sharp lines between his jobs plan and the competing Republican plan. </p>
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<p>The president greets diners at the Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., on Tuesday. </p>
Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 1:33 pm
After decades of disappointment, researchers think they're finally on track to unleash the first practical vaccine against malaria, one of mankind's ancient scourges.
In the world's first large field trial of an experimental malaria vaccine, several thousand young children who got three doses had about 55 percent less risk of getting the disease over a year than those who got a control vaccine against rabies or meningitis.
We really try to keep the pledge drive interesting! We're celebrating our 45th anniversary at KUNM this year and KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel (news) and Linda Rodeck (underwriting) jammed on Morning Edition Tuesday to hits from 1966, KUNM's first year on the air. Maybe that will encourage you to pledge your support to New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio!
Bank of America's report of a $6.2 billion profit in the third quarter, as we said earlier, has many analysts pointing out that it was mostly due to one-time accounting changes and asset sales. Still, BofA's stock is up slightly at this hour.
<p>A 1981 DeLorean is seen in a commemorative cruise in Michigan. A Texas company plans to make electric versions of the iconic car.</p>
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<p>Stephen Wynne walks through the shop at the DeLorean Motor Company in Humble, Texas, in 2007. Wynne purchased all remaining factory parts of the DeLorean line — enough for several hundred cars. </p>
Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 10:12 am
There's a new DeLorean DMC-12 coming out — or rather, there's a new version of the same stainless steel wedge of a sportscar that became an icon (and perhaps the lone representative) of '80s cool. But it won't run on gas — it'll be electric.
And unlike the DeLorean that played a vital role in Back to the Future, this one won't require a nuclear reaction that generates 1.21 gigawatts.
Environmental hazards sicken or kill millions of people — soot or smog in the air, for example, or pollutants in drinking water. But the most dangerous stuff happens where the food is made — in peoples' kitchens.
That's according to the World Health Organization, which says that the smoke and gases from cooking fires in the world's poorest countries contribute to nearly two million deaths a year — that's more than malaria.