Africa
3:26 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Liberian President Confident Ahead Of Runoff

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses a crowd of supporters on Saturday outside offices of her party on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia's capital. She faces Winston Tubman in a runoff election scheduled for Nov. 8.

Glenna Gordon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 10:05 am

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, fresh from winning the Nobel Peace Prize, was hoping for an outright re-election victory last week.

But Africa's first democratically elected female leader is facing a runoff election next month. She says she is confident Liberians will vote for her in big numbers, but the first-round voting last Tuesday shows she is facing stiff competition after six years in power.

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Was Van Gogh Murdered? A New Book Says Yes

A new book, written by Pulitzer winners, is raising eyebrows over how it says the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh died. Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, posits that Van Gogh did not kill himself as is popularly believed.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:05 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Vaccinations Can Be Money-Losers For Doctors

A good deal for children's health can be a bad deal for doctors.

Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 3:08 pm

Vaccines vanquished smallpox and have the polio virus on the run. And immunizations recommended routinely in the U.S. help protect people from chickenpox and cervical cancer.

But many doctors who administer the vaccinations lose money on them, according to new data from athenahealth, a company that helps doctors with electronic billing and medical records.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:26 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Disease Detective Hot On The Trails Of Anthrax And Cholera

Paul Keim at work in his lab on the Northern Arizona University campus.

Charlie McCallie Northern Arizona University

Ten years after the anthrax attacks and three years after the FBI named a chief suspect in the case, speculation about the origin of the deadly letters hasn't completely died out.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

iPhone 4S Sales Top 4 Million In First Weekend

An Apple Store customer looks at the new Apple iPhone 4S on Oct. 14 in San Francisco.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:02 pm

Apple announced today that its iPhone 4S has sold more than four million units in the three days after it went on sale.

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Matt has been a reporter at KUT off and on since 2006.  He came to Austin from Boston, then went back for a while--but couldn't stand to be away--so he came back to Austin.  Matt grew up in Maine (but hates lobster), and while it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

Economy
1:37 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

Jobs — or the lack of them — are one of main issues in the presidential campaigns as the nation's unemployment rate continues to hover around 9 percent.

Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired. Some say age discrimination is a key factor working against them.

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Mitt Romney
1:15 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

An Adviser To Both Plans Explains The Differences

As Mitt Romney's opponents continue to compare "Romneycare" unfavorably with "Obamacare," we decided to take another look at the plans' similarities and differences. For additional insight, we turned to John McDonough, director of Harvard's Center for Public Health Leadership.

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Mitt Romney
1:14 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

A Tale Of Two Health Plans: Romney Versus Obama

President Obama, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, signs health care insurance legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010.

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be headed into the 2012 GOP presidential primary season as the consistent, if not overwhelming, favorite for his party's nomination.

But there remains great discomfort among a wide swath of party members over the striking similarity of the Massachusetts health care reform legislation Romney signed in 2006 as governor, and the federal health care overhaul President Obama put his signature on last year.

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Latin America
12:53 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Cuba's 'Ladies In White' Mourn Leader's Death

Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba.

Javier Galeano AP

In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.

The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.

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