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12:34 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Heavy Doctors Avoid Heavy Discussions About Weight

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Research already demonstrates that physicians are sometimes uncomfortable talking about weight with their obese patients. Now, a new study shows that the doctors' weight makes a difference too.

Physicians who pack on the pounds discuss weight loss less frequently with obese patients than doctors who have normal body mass indexes (18 percent versus 30 percent), according to the report published this week in the medical journal Obesity.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Why Could Romney's Father Run For President If He Was Born In Mexico?

George Romney, center, with his wife, Lenore, and teenage son Mitt, in 1962.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 12:29 pm

One of the more dramatic moments in Thursday night's Republican presidential debate was when Mitt Romney said it was "repulsive" of Newt Gingrich to suggest that Romney was the most "anti-immigrant" candidate among the GOP contenders.

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Fitch Downgrades Credit Of 6 E.U. Countries, Including Spain, Italy

Fitch Ratings announced it was cutting the ratings of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, and Cyprus.

Italy and Spain, two of the biggest eurozone economies, suffered a two-notch drop. Italy went from A+ to A- and Spain went from A to AA-.

Bloomberg reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
11:49 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Dengue Fever Cases Surge Worldwide

Not who you want to meet on your tropical vacation.
USDA AP

If winter has you daydreaming of a vacation to sunny lands, you might want to consider the risk of dengue fever in your plans.

The number of cases of the disease, a severe flu-like illness with excruciating headaches, joint and muscle pain, is soaring, according to an update from the World Health Organization.

Now more than 40 percent of the world's population is at risk — 2.5 billion people, according to the group. In 2010, there were 1.6 million cases in the Americas alone.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Study: 1 in 14 People Has Oral HPV Infection

So how many people have human papillomavirus in their mouths?

Quite a few, say researchers who got more than 5,000 volunteers across the country to spit into a cup and answer detailed questions about their sex lives.

The bottom line: 6.9 percent of people in the U.S. (ages 14 to 69) have oral infections with HPV. Some types of HPV are linked to cancer and genital warts.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Fri January 27, 2012

College Presidents Have Problems With Obama's Message On Tuition

President Obama making his case this morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 4:19 pm

Taking an issue he highlighted during his State of the Union address on the road, President Obama this morning told an audience at the University of Michigan that he is "putting colleges on notice" that the era of unabated tuition hikes is over, as The Associated Press reports.

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Africa
10:06 am
Fri January 27, 2012

After Bombings, An Exodus From A Nigerian City

Glory Ndudi, a Christian, and her five children board a bus headed out of town on Wednesday. The recent bomb attacks that have targeted churches in Kano, Nigeria, have led to an exodus of Christians from the city.
Grant Clark NPR

The New Road bus station in the heart of Kano is a scene of bedlam.

Men, women and children are milling around, with huge bundles and baggage in all shapes and sizes, waiting to be loaded onto half a dozen buses. Others are already onboard. They're in a desperate hurry to head south, leaving behind this troubled city in the north of Nigeria.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Pentagon's Spending On Key Injuries Isn't Being Tracked Well, Auditors Say

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:48 am

The Defense Department has spent close to $3 billion since 2007 to treat and study traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder — the leading injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a federal investigation finds that the department's programs are so disorganized that it's difficult to figure out how the money has been spent.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Spokesman Rejects Report That Ron Paul 'Signed Off' On Racist Newsletters

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, during Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 11:11 am

For more than a decade, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has had to deal with questions about why a newsletter he published in the 1980s and '90s included some racist writings. He's said more than once that, while he takes responsibility for what was in the newsletters, he didn't pay enough attention to what was printed, wasn't aware of the racist messages at the time and rejects them.

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Presidential Race
8:53 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Why A Fight To The Finish May Not Be A Bad Thing

Lynn Coffin holds boxing hand puppets of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (left) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign event this week in Sarasota, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 9:53 am

In election season, conventional wisdom holds that a costly, drawn-out primary fight hurts a nominee in the general election.

It's a notion that appeals to common sense. After all, the thinking goes, if a boxer endures nine rounds with a formidable challenger and immediately steps back into the ring with a well-rested heavyweight, that can't be good.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Fri January 27, 2012

35 Pounds Of Cocaine Are Mailed To U.N. Headquarters

New York City Police officers stand guard in front of the United Nations buildings in 2005.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Somehow 35.5 pounds of cocaine wrapped in a fake diplomatic sack made it to the United Nations' headquarters in New York. The AFP reports that U.N. officials said on Thursday that the cocaine had been shipped from Mexico through DHL, which handles U.N. mail.

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The Salt
8:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu

Fresh and green, yes. Clean, maybe not.
Jowita Stachowiak iStockPhoto.com

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 10:55 am

At the rate they're going, those nutritious-looking sprouts may disappear from sandwiches and salads near you in not too long. And that may be a good thing.

This week, the Beaumont, Tex.-based Jason's Deli chain announced that it would no longer serve fresh sprouts, citing frequent recalls due to bacterial contamination.

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Middle East
8:04 am
Fri January 27, 2012

U.N. Security Council Meets On Syria Solutions

Violence is increasing in Syria, with activists reporting multiple clashes in cities. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss a resolution on the conflict there. It's also likely to ask President Bashar Assad to step down.

The Two-Way
7:29 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Twitter Announces It Can Now Block Content By Country

Twitter logo.
Twitter

Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country. This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.

In a blog post, Twitter explained:

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Signaling Modest Growth, U.S. GDP Grew At 2.8 Percent In Fourth Quarter

The United States economy continued to expand modestly toward the end of 2011. The Commerce Department says it grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 1.7 in all of 2011.

This means that the economy has expanded for the last two years, after a 3.5 percent decline in 2009. The economy did slow down in 2011. It grew 3 percent in 2010.

The Commerce Department explains:

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The Picture Show
6:30 am
Fri January 27, 2012

An Illustrated Guide To Weirdly Wonderful Florida

Clockwise from top left: Statue of Liberty in Kissimmee, Honeybell oranges, an American flag in DeLand, and a classic car show. Shot with Impossible Project film.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:05 am

Reporter's Notebook: NPR photographer Becky Lettenberger just got back from the Sunshine State. She and reporter Liz Halloran talked with Floridians about the issues of this election season — and, between conversations, soaked up the sun and scenes of that quirky state.

I stuck out in Florida.

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The Two-Way
5:52 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Costa Offers Italian Cruise Passengers $14K In Compensation

A coast guard boat passes the Costa Concordia, as the cruise liner lies aground in front of the harbor of Giglio Island.
AP

Costa Crociere SpA came to an agreement with several consumer groups and is offering 11,000 euros or $14,460 to each of the passengers of the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast, earlier this month.

The Toronto Sun explains the money is for passengers who were uninjured and is to pay for "for items lost and any psychological damages." The cruise line will also refund the cost of the cruise and any travel costs that resulted from the crash.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Suicide Blast Kills 32 In Baghdad

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad, Iraq on Friday. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near a funeral procession killing and injuring dozens of Iraqis, police said.
Khalid Mohammed AP

Using an explosives packed car, a suicide bomber killed 32 people near a funeral possession in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah in Baghdad.

The AP reports that about 65 people were wounded and most of the people killed were police escorting the funeral.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
5:14 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Women's Car-Shopping Tactics Steer Them Toward Better Deals

A new survey from LeaseTrader finds that women ask more thorough questions than men when buying cars.
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Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:44 am

When it comes to buying cars, women do their homework — and it pays off. A recent report from LeaseTrader.com finds women generally get better deals than men when they buy cars.

John Sternal of LeaseTrader tells NPR's Sonari Glinton on Morning Edition that women's participation in car buying is changing.

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It's All Politics
5:06 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Live By Debate, Die By Debate: Gingrich Challenge To Romney Stalls Where It Began

On Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla., Mitt Romney (right) went after Newt Gingrich from the start on topics such as immigration and colonizing the moon.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 8:10 am

We still don't know who'll win the Florida primary Tuesday, but after the past two debates it seems far likelier to be Mitt Romney.

Why? Because Newt Gingrich had vaulted from the margins to the forefront of the Republican presidential race in South Carolina on the strength of two debate performances. And that weapon has ceased to work in his favor.

The NBC and CNN debates this week in Tampa and Jacksonville went a long way toward neutralizing the impression created by debates the previous week in Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

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Around the Nation
4:42 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Army Base Isn't Laughing At Package Bomb Comment

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Europe
4:29 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Politician 'Borrows' From Aaron Sorkin Movie

The transport minister in Australia denounced a political opponent. He said the opponent wasn't interested in fixing a problem, only in making people "afraid of it" and telling them "who's to blame for it." Critics note Michael Douglas used that line in Aaron Sorkin's movie The American President.

Middle East
2:23 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Authorities Bar 6 Americans From Leaving Egypt

Egyptian authorities are preventing six Americans, including the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, from leaving the country. They work for non-governmental agencies that were raided by Egyptian security forces last month.

Business
2:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Business
2:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

EU Outlines Online Privacy Recommendations

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In Europe, there's a movement to provide better protections for Web users. The European Union has outlined tough new data privacy recommendations that it wants to become law. Among its targets, the American companies Facebook and Google. Google just announced a new privacy policy that would track all the Web movements of its registered users.

Teri Schultz is in Brussels and reports on EU efforts to strengthen online protections of personal information.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:04 am

A Los Angeles restaurant famous for its 9 cent cup of coffee is raising the price to 45 cents -– 50 cents with tax. Management at Philippe the Original told the Los Angeles Times they can no longer keep up with the cost of coffee.

Business
2:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

How Do You Take Apart A Floating City

The crippled cruise ship off the coast of Italy needs to be removed from the area where it ran aground. Joel Farrell, president and founder of Resolve Marine has been salvaging vessels for more than 30 years. Renee Montagne asks him to explain how the half-submerged cruise ship can be salvaged.

It's All Politics
10:24 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Santorum: No Money, No Organization, No Quit

Left to right: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney debate Thursday night in Jacksonville, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Rick Santorum may be running an anemic third in Republican presidential primary polls in Florida, but his influence in Tuesday's crucial Sunshine State contest – and perhaps beyond – continues to outpace his survey numbers.

His performance during Thursday's GOP debate in Jacksonville provided perhaps the best view yet of the former Pennsylvania senator's increasing potential to play spoiler (see: Mitt Romney) or savior (see: Mitt Romney), and to take his unlikely quest for the White House deeper into the primary season than anyone every predicted.

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Planet Money
10:01 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Jack Abramoff Explains The 'Lobbyist Safecracker Method'

Jack Abramoff in 2004. He's the one on the right.
Dennis Cook AP

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:39 am

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been making the rounds lately. He's out of prison. He has a new book. He's in a talkative mood. So I figured it was a good time to ask him about the business of lobbying — not about what he did that was illegal, but about the ordinary, legal stuff.

The firm he worked for was called Greenberg Traurig. I chose a year at random when Abramoff was working there, and picked a client I hoped would be fairly typical. I chose Tyco International, a multinational corporation that in 2003 gave Abramoff's firm $1.3 million.

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