Shots - Health Blog
10:56 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Saw Palmetto No Better Than Sugar Pill For Prostate Problems

Field of dreams: saw palmetto thriving in Florida's Osceola National Forest.
Geoff Gallice Flickr

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 10:59 am

If you're one of the millions of men who takes the supplement saw palmetto for prostate trouble, there's more evidence that it's not worth the money.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Reebok Agrees To Refund $25M To Those Who Purchased 'Toning Shoes'

Reebok EasyTone shoes.

Reebok International Ltd. came to an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over what the government said were "over-hyped advertising claims" by Reebok that a pair of its specialty shoes could tone leg and butt muscles better than regular shoes.

One TV ad, cited by the FTC, claimed that Reebok's EasyTone shoes tone "your butt up to 28 percent more than regular sneakers, just by walking."

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Around the Nation
10:47 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Going Round In Circles Over Traffic Fix

A traffic circle in the heart of Amman, Jordan.
Mauricio Lima AFP/Getty Images

Over the past decade, the number of roundabouts in the U.S. has increased dramatically, from the low hundreds up to the thousands. Modern traffic circles can cut down on commute time and pollution. Studies have shown that they even reduce accidents. And many American cities are planning to put in more. But there are still a few roadblocks in the way of a true roundabout revolution.

Near a traffic circle in West Los Angeles, a nexus of car culture, NPR put up a handwritten sign that said, "Talk to a reporter about roundabouts."

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10:40 am
Wed September 28, 2011

America's Love Affair With Nationalism

Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate during the singing of God Bless America during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Sept. 11 in St. Petersburg, Fl.
J. Meric Getty Images

Picture this: An alternate-reality, suspended-in-space American metropolis where steampunk contraptions –- like propeller-driven dirigibles, squeaky trolley wires and clunky robotic creatures –- operate against a backdrop of clanging liberty bells, red, white and blue powder kegs and jingoistic posters warning: "Patriots! Arm Thyself Against the Foreigners and Anarchists!"

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10:38 am
Wed September 28, 2011

More Trouble In Greece Ahead Of Debt Inspections

A Greek pensioner burns his emergency tax bill during a protest Wednesday outside the Ministry of Finance in the center of Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Greece's capital city was gridlocked Wednesday as mass-transit workers walked off the job for the third day this week over fresh austerity measures imposed by the government in hopes of securing crucial bailout funds.

The 24-hour strike left Athens without buses, subway trains, taxis or trams. Workers in customs and tax offices also walked off the job, and scores of retirees picketed outside the Finance Ministry to protest pension cuts.

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The Salt
10:31 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Growing Listeria Outbreak In Cantaloupe Prompts Focus On Prevention

Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 2:23 pm

UPDATE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said in a press conference today that officials "do anticipate a rising number of cases in days and weeks to come" in the cantaloupe-listeria outbreak, the deadliest in over a decade.

"There are suspect cases that are under investigation" in the state, says Sherri McGarry, a senior advisor in FDA's office of foods, who has been involved in the investigation.

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It's All Politics
9:54 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Florida GOP To Move Up Presidential Primary, Defying National Party

Republicans in the Sunshine State have long been expected to throw the 2012 GOP presidential primary-and-caucus season into its usual chaos.

Reports Wednesday that legislators will schedule the state's primary on Jan. 31, a week earlier than the tentative date for the usual first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, would accomplish that.

Florida legislators are determined to have the state GOP primary go fifth in the contest order, behind only the national party-sanctioned early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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The Picture Show
9:29 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Massive Star Served Sunny Side Up

ESO/E. Lagadec

Researchers at the European Southern Observatory have spotted an enormous, sunny-side-up egg in space.

The fried egg — a massive star surrounded by a double, outer ring of gaseous dust — is the closest yellow hypergiant star found neighboring Earth to date. Yellow hypergiants are rare, massive stars living in a phase of a star's life cycle that generally only lasts a few hundred thousand years — a flash in the lifespan of the galaxy. They consume a lot of energy to burn so brightly.

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Monkey See
9:16 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Amazon Unveils Its Tablet, The Kindle Fire: Can It Compete?

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 2:41 pm

Today, Amazon announced the debut of its 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire. Available for $199, the Kindle Fire is being positioned as a device that will deliver Amazon's e-books, MP3s, magazines, web browsing, and streaming video for less than half the price of full-featured tablets like the Apple iPad. The Fire is available for preorder starting today, and will ship November 15.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Amazon Unveils $199 'Fire' Tablet And New Kindle Readers

The Kindle Fire.

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 9:30 am

There's much breathless live-blogging going on in the tech world as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils his company's latest gadgets, including what Bloomberg News first reported will be a $199 tablet computer called Kindle Fire — Amazon's much-anticipated competitor to the iPad.

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