Job 1: Careers That Shaped The GOP Candidates
11:50 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Before Politics, Huntsman Aspired To Rock Star Fame

With shaggy hair and skinny jeans, Jon Huntsman (upper right) strikes a pose with his band Wizard.

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GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman says he's the most qualified Republican in the White House race, thanks to his background as governor of Utah, a corporate executive, and as U.S. Ambassador to China. But if Huntsman had lived out his youthful ambition, he would have been none of those things.

"My initial passion in life was to be a rock-and-roll musician," Huntsman told graduates at the University of South Carolina in May.

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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Clinton's Condemns 'Dangerous Escalation,' Iran Slams 'Baseless Claims'

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 11:22 am

The alleged plot by two Iranians to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, which U.S. investigators say had the support of some "factions" within Iran's government, marks a "dangerous escalation" in that nation's support for terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said this morning.

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11:03 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Latest Ryanair Cost-Cutting Measure? Replace Lavatories With Seats

President of Irish budget carrier Ryanair Michael O'Leary poses prior to a press conference in Madrid in Sept. 2011.

Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

For a long time, the Irish economy airline Ryanair has been the leader in slashing costs. It's also been known as the airline that made the current nickle-and-dime model of charging for food and carry-on luggage popular.

At one point last year, Ryanair briefly considered charging passengers to use the toilet. Now, Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has put another cost-saving plan on the table: Removing two of the three on-board lavatories to make room for more seats.

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10:57 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Harrisburg Lawmakers Spar As City Moves Toward Bankruptcy

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 12:06 pm

After a 4-3 vote by the Harrisburg, Pa., city council Tuesday night to file for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection, a council member delivered the necessary documents to court today.

But now, The Associated Press reports, Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson (D) is making the case that the council doesn't have the authority to seek bankruptcy.

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The Picture Show
10:42 am
Wed October 12, 2011

A Picture Of Poaching: Baby Gorilla Rescued

Courtesy of Virunga National Park

The folks at Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, alerted news media this week about a baby gorilla rescued from the clutches of poachers. You can tell a lot about little Shamavu's recent ordeal from this photo. With less than 900 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, according to Virunga National Park, one gorilla saved is an accomplishment.

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10:06 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Family Lost In Corn Maze Dials 911 For Help

The family got lost in this corn maze on Connors Farm in Danvers, Mass., but were eventually found close to the exit. The maze was shaped in the theme of the "Headless Horseman."

Courtesy of Connors Farm

Maybe they'd recently read or watched Children of the Corn:

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10:00 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Gay Rights Leader Dies On National Coming Out Day

Frank Kameny sued the government in 1957 for firing him as a government astronomer because he was gay. His case is believed to be the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Kameny then became a vocal gay rights advocate. He died Tuesday at age 86. Michel Martin looks at his legacy.

Shots - Health Blog
9:55 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Financial Conflicts 'Pervasive' On Key Medical Panels

Financial conflicts abound on medical panels that set practice guidelines.

Ricardo Reitmeyer

Like it or not, there's a seeming inexorable movement in medicine toward guidelines to help the average doctor deliver care that's in line with the latest evidence.

Somebody has to come up with those guidelines. Somebodies, actually, and they usually are experts who sit on panels charged with the task of boiling down the evidence.

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Around the Nation
9:36 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Out And Proud After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

1st Lt. Josh Seefried is the author and editor of a new anthology, Our Time: Breaking The Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a collection of stories from other gay military members.

Courtesy of Josh Seefried

The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy was still in effect when Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried helped start secret Facebook groups to connect active-duty gay and lesbian soldiers with each other online. Lieutenant Seefried also wrote for many publications — under the pseudonym J.D. Smith — about what it was like to be gay and an active-duty member of the military.

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9:31 am
Wed October 12, 2011

How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist's Memory

Language drives Johnson's art since her illness, as depicted in her piece called "Enthusiastic," created in 2009.

Courtesy of Walters Art Museum

It's not often you see an image of a brain scan on the wall of an art exhibit. But among works by Monet and Sisley at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore hangs just that — a cross-section of a human brain. It belongs to artist Lonni Sue Johnson.

The room is really two exhibits — the art Johnson created before she contracted viral encephalitis in 2007, which destroyed her hippocampus and parts of her left temporal lobe — and her work after.

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