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5:16 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Boy Makes $50K Hockey Shot, But It's The Wrong Boy

Pat Smith and his twin sons, Nate and Nick, were at a charity hockey game Thursday when he purchased three $10 raffle tickets for a chance to hit a near-impossible hockey shot, with a $50,000 prize. One of his sons hit that shot — but as Pat told organizers the next day, it wasn't the one whose name was on the ticket.

The Faribault, Minn., arena was in a state of pandemonium after Nate Smith sent a hockey puck from center ice into the goal — the 3-inch puck traveled 89 feet down the ice and into a 3.5-inch hole in a board laid over the mouth of the goal.

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It's All Politics
4:40 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Bus-Touring Obama Goes After GOP Presidential Hopefuls

President Obama's Midwest bus trip is part listening tour to show that he's concerned about the problems of actual Americans, part rolling bully pulpit that gives him a chance to make the case for compromise (and to blame congressional Republicans for not doing enough on that score.)

But it also was a chance to try and score a few points on the would-be Republican nominees.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Uniform: Not Just A Word, For Public Health Service's Commissioned Corps

Service members model the Modified Service Dress Blue Sweater. The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service requires that members wear either the sweater or a windbreaker.
Commissioned Corps of The U.S. Public Health Service

I am not making this up.

With temperatures barely out of the 100s and even higher in many areas, the Commissioned Corps of The U.S. Public Health Service has some helpful tips for officers who stray outdoors from the lab or the clinic.

"Being that it is summer and heat indices have been over 100 degrees here in the National Capitol Region," the Corps' latest newsletter says, "be reminded you have to wear either the sweater or windbreaker jacket when outdoors."

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

The Uneasy Trust Between Exonerated Inmates And Their Attorneys

The use of DNA evidence to exonerate people wrongfully convicted of crimes — and in some cases, free them after decades in prison — is verging on becoming commonplace. It's one reason several states have ceased or slowed down their use of capital punishment. But for some exonerees, the large compensation payment they're often owed brings another clash, with their attorneys.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Obama Tours Midwest To Talk About Economy

President Obama speaks Monday at the town hall-style meeting at the Lower Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn. Obama is on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois where he is scheduled to speak with people about economic issues.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

After a weekend dominated by Republican White House hopefuls, President Obama hit the campaign trail Monday.

The president kicked-off a three-day tour of the Upper Midwest in a specially outfitted bus with plans to visit small towns in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, listening to voters' frustration with Washington, and venting some of his own.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:07 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Sleep Apnea Makes Quick Comeback If Breathing Treatment Stops

A man with sleep apnea wears a CPAP machine mask in bed.
Amy Walters iStockphoto.com

If you use a breathing machine to treat your sleep apnea, it's probably a bit clunky. But it's also probably doing you a lot of good.

In a small study, researchers at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland report that when patients stopped using the continuous positive airway pressure machines (C-PAP), even for one night, not only were they really sleepy the next day, but a flood of related health problems returned.

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Europe
2:40 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Berlin last month for negotiations on the European debt crisis. They meet again on Tuesday in Paris in another attempt to stabilize the faltering economies in the eurozone.
Ferdinand Ostrop AP

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 4:36 pm

Within weeks, Europe's spreading debt crisis will force Germany to decide on one of the most critical questions in the Continent's postwar history: Will currency union be strengthened or weakened?

Germany, with the biggest and healthiest economy, has to make the call, and this has prompted a fierce national debate.

The 17 European countries that use the euro as their common currency have such widely varying debt burdens that they cannot survive as a single eurozone unless the strongest rescue the weakest.

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It's All Politics
2:37 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

A Different Kind Of Party Bus For Obama

"The Beast" has a new big brother.

"The Beast" is the nickname for the hulking limousine that carries the leader of the free world. Next to the new bus that the Secret Service debuted today for President Obama's Midwestern tour, though, the Beast looks downright puny.

When Air Force One arrived in Saint Paul, Minn., the vehicle was waiting at the bottom of the stairs. It has pitch black windows, Washington, D.C. tags, and communications equipment sprouting off the top like weeds.

Call it "Beast Bus,"or perhaps, "Mega-Beast."

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Somalia: Stolen Food Aid, And All To Blame

Bisharo Hurow, 10, lays on a cot at a hospital in Mogadishu while suffering from severe diarreah and vomiting on August 15. A cholera epidemic is spreading in famine-stricken Somalia.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 2:11 pm

Two heart-wrenching stories are making headlines from Somalia, today: First, an Associated Press investigation found that thousands of sacks of food aid meant for victims of famine have been stolen.

The AP reports that the same food is then being sold in markets where children don't have enough to eat:

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Law
1:44 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices

At times of partisan stress in American Politics, the Supreme Court often becomes part of the game, and the ethics of individual justices become a focus of criticism.

Liberal groups are leading the charge now.

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Around the Nation
1:26 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

For Slice Of Fame, Pizzerias Spar Over 'Oldest' Title

Pizza before it is put in a coal-burning oven at Lombardi's. Lombardi's opened its doors in 1905 in Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood.
courtesy of Lombardi's Pizza

For years, a New York restaurant has claimed to be the oldest pizzeria in the country, but now a rival from Trenton, N.J., says it deserves the crown.

A Trenton tomato pie starts out like any other pizza, with the dough, which has to be flattened by hand. Then things are a little different.

"We put the dough out first, then we put cheese on, then we put the tomatoes on the top because it tastes better," says Nick Azzaro, the owner of Papa's Tomato Pies. "I can tell you a lot of reasons, but that's the basic."

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

British Police Arrest Man For Planning Water Fight Over Blackberry Messenger

Essex Police arrested a man for planning a water fight in Colchester, England. Police said on Twitter that the man tried to organize others using Blackberry's messaging service. Police presented the news on its website in the context of last week's riots.

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Europe
1:01 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Europe's Economic Crisis Claims Political Victims

European leaders are shown here at an EU summit June 23 in Brussels, Belgium. The continent's economic crisis has helped bring down two governments so far this year and several are in danger of being ousted from power.
Michel Spingler AP

Europe's economic problems are having real political consequences.

A declining euro and government austerity measures have set off regular rounds of street protests and even riots. Political parties in Portugal and Ireland have been ousted from power this year. Spain seems likely to change governments in early elections called for November, while leaders in France, Italy and Greece remain at risk.

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Your Money
1:00 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

401(k) Nation: Road To Retirement Gets Rockier

Broker and financial adviser Jim Lacamp has been in the business long enough to remember when Americans had little stake and even less interest in the stock market.

It was a time when "people had a pension and profit-sharing plan that was run by [their] company," says Lacamp, senior vice president at Fort Worth, Texas-based Macro Portfolio Advisors. "They might see what a stock did on the news, but it didn't really have an impact on their daily lives."

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Shots - Health Blog
12:59 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Vampire Bats. Bites. Rabies. Oh My!

A vampire bat is caught in a net in the northeastern Amazon in Brazil in 2005.
MARIO QUADROS ASSOCIATED PRESS

A man dies in Louisiana after being bitten by a rabid vampire — bat, that is. It sounds like an episode of "True Blood," HBO's series that follows the fictional doings of Louisiana vampires.

But no, this was an actual missive from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the journal of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering all things infectious and deadly.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Yvonne, A Cow Wrapped In A Mystery Inside A Forest

A cow named Yvonne has eluded capture since escaping a German farm in May. She's been spotted roaming a forest, but searchers haven't been able to get close to her. Now an animal psychic has been called in.
Josef Enzinger dapd

In Germany, a dairy cow named Yvonne's death-defying escape — and continued success in eluding capture — has become an incandescent symbol of freedom and animal dignity. Okay, that may be hyperbolic. But how else to explain scores of visitors to Zangberg, the Bavarian commune Yvonne calls home, or the 10,000-euro reward offered for her safe return?

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The Two-Way
10:53 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Hot Dog Faceoff: Ball Park And Oscar Mayer In Court

America's two largest hot dog makers face off in a district courthouse in Chicago today, in a case that may determine the limits companies must observe when putting down their competition in advertisements.

The quibble started in 2009, when an Oscar Mayer ad campaign directly targeted Ball Park Franks, with the claim "We are tastier." As proof, it cited a "national taste test" — organized by Oscar Mayer. The folks at Ball Park weren't satisfied.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Egyptian Judge Bans Broadcast Of Mubarak Trial

An Egyptian judge adjourned the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and banned live broadcasts of it, today. As NPR's Mike Shuster reported this morning, the judge struggled to maintain control of the courtroom and Mubarak, who is charged with corruption and of ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters earlier this year, said only one world: "Present."

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Election 2012
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

GOP Presidential Front Feels Dramatic Shake Up

Over the weekend, Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann won Iowa's Ames Straw Poll, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his White House run while former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty withdrew. President Obama is also starting his bus tour of the Midwest. Guest host Tony Cox discusses presidential politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Salon.com's Joan Walsh.

Economy
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Clyburn Hopeful In Super 12's Debt Reduction Power

The 12 members of the Super Committee are responsible for finding $1.2 trillion of savings by November. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with one of the members, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), about the committee's ability to address debt reduction. Clyburn says everything is on the table for compromise.

The Two-Way
9:31 am
Mon August 15, 2011

U.K. Says Hundreds Of Tons Of Oil Have Leaked In North Sea

A picture released by Shell shows the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea. Shell is battling an oil leak in a North Sea pipeline off the British coast.
Ken Taylor AFP/Getty Images

The oil leak at the Gannet Alpha platform off the Scottish coast has spilled "several hundred tons of oil" into the North Sea said the U.K.'s Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns the platform, said it estimates 1,300 barrels have been spilled and said it was "significant." The AP adds:

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Closing Walter Reed
9:09 am
Mon August 15, 2011

When Will Closing Walter Reed Pay Off? Maybe 2018

BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, and other member of the commission raise their hands in favor of closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington during a base closing hearing Aug. 25, 2005 in Arlington, Va.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 4:08 pm

When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was slated for closure back in 1995, the goals were to improve care for wounded soldiers, and to save money. The final patients left this past week.

But with closing Walter Reed now estimated to cost more than $1 billion more than originally predicted, it could take many years before the military will realize any savings.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:03 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Coconut Water To The Rescue? Parsing The Medical Claims

Coconut water may not be the ideal replacement fluid if you're dehydrated.
iStockphoto.com

Hydration is something we're inclined to worry about in the summertime, when we sweat more and can be at risk of heat exhaustion if we don't get enough fluids. And while most doctors say water is the ideal fluid for rehydrating, coconut water, the latest faddish recovery drink, is being heavily marketed as "more hydrating" than H20.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Motorola Acquisition Would Throw Google Into The Thick Of Mobile Hardware

Google announced this morning that it was acquiring Motorola Mobility Holdings for $40 a share in cash or $12.5 billion. It is the largest acquisition for Google and it throws Google firmly into the mobile business.

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Politics
8:24 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Summertime Politics: Bring Out The Flip-Flops

iStockphoto.com

Flip-flops are good. Flip-flops are bad. It's summertime and everybody is talking about flip-flops. Political flip-flops, that is.

As the dust settles from the recent Republican debate and straw poll in Iowa, flip-flops keep cropping up like spent corncobs. In the debate, Newt Gingrich "was asked about his position on military action against Libya," the St. Petersburg Times reported. "We explored whether he flip-flopped and rated it Full Flop."

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Warren Buffett: Please, Raise My Taxes

Warren Buffett.
Seth Wenig AP

In an editorial in The New York Times, Warren Buffett, the so called "Oracle of Omaha" and one of the richest men in the world, has a message for Congress: Leave 99.7 percent of Americans alone and raise taxes on those who make more than $1 million and raise them even more for those who make more than $10 million — like him.

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Opinion
7:05 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Weekly Standard: Bachmann Supporters Not Yet Sold

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann steps from her campaign bus to greet supporters after winning the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

Michele Bachmann scored a victory Saturday at the Ames GOP presidential straw poll that confirmed her position as the front-runner in Iowa. But just how deep does support for the Minnesota congresswoman run? While Bachmann certainly has a reputation for drawing intense and loyal support from Tea Partiers and evangelicals, almost all of the Bachmann supporters I spoke to Saturday in Ames said they weren't certain to support her in the Iowa caucuses.

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Opinion
7:04 am
Mon August 15, 2011

The Nation: It's Hallelujah In Iowa For Bachmann

Throughout the weekend, Michele Bachmann stressed God and taxes at the Iowa Straw Poll. Bachmann came in first at the mock election.
iStockphoto.com

Sarah Posner is senior editor of Religion Dispatches, where she writes a blog about religion and politics.

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Opinion
6:36 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Foreign Policy: Crash Is The New Normal

Specialist James Ahrens works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The stock market has fluctuated greatly since the United States' credit rating was lowered.
Richard Drew AP

Mohamed El-Erian is CEO of investment management firm Pimco and author of When Markets Collide.

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Small Businesses, Big Problems
6:08 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Series Overview: Small Businesses, Big Problems

Daphne Wilson, center, and her engineering team review plans for controls systems at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
Erin Toner Milwaukee Public Radio

Every business starts small. But more than ever, it's harder to turn small businesses into bigger companies that employ more people. In a country that desperately needs more jobs, this is a big problem.

Small firms represent about 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, but a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows that while businesses are being formed at roughly the same rate as in the past — the number of startups is even rising — these small businesses create fewer jobs than in the past.

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