Shots - Health Blog
10:20 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Pumped-Up Hoodia Weight-Loss Claims Put Vacation House On Block

Hoodia gordonii plants like this one have been used by generations of bushmen in Southern Africa's Kalahari desert as an appetite suppressant. But the Federal Trade Commission isn't sold on that idea.
David Silverman Getty Images

Hoodia may not help you lose weight. But the supplement, derived from an African plant, may help you lose your vacation house, if you're marketing the stuff with claims that go too far in the eyes of regulators.

The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a settlement with David J. Romeo and two companies he controlled that bans them from "making any weight-loss claims while marketing foods, drugs, and dietary supplements."

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9:41 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Ahoy Students! Cruise Ship Doubles As College Dorm

St. Mary's College of Maryland students were relocated to the 300-foot Sea Voyager after mold spores were discovered in two dorms.
J. Eric Elder via flickr

Students at St. Mary's College of Maryland are starting an impromptu semester at sea — sort of. They will live on a cruise ship that's docked in a river just off campus. The 300-foot Sea Voyager will serve as a floating residence hall because two dorms infested with mold spores were deemed uninhabitable.

Joseph Urgo is president of the small liberal arts college, which is on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in St. Mary's City. He says the floating residence hall on the St. Mary's River makes perfect sense for the college.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri November 4, 2011

VIDEO: After 520 Days, 'Astronauts' Emerge Following Fake Mars Mission

Fast-forward to about the 3-minute mark in this video if you want to see the moment when six men who had lived together in a mock spaceship for 18 months emerged today in Moscow.

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It's All Politics
9:22 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Poll: Cain Still Tied With Romney Despite Sex Harassment Claims

There's been anecdotal evidence, and certainly plenty of signs on social media, that many Republicans still say Herman Cain is their choice for president despite the revelation that the restaurant trade group he once headed paid monetary settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Coming Up: Obama Holds News Conference In Cannes

President Obama held a news conference today in Cannes, France, where he and other leaders from the G-20 nations have wrapped up a two-day summit. We live-blogged as he spoke.

Update at 11:20 a.m. ET. On The President's Comments About GDP And The Economy Since He Took Office:

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Fatal accident
8:58 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Investigation continues in accident at wastewater line

FAIRVIEW - An official with a Collin County town where a sewer line accident killed one man says a blockage has been found that could be the body of a missing second worker.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Allegations: The Latest Developments

Tuesday: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is surrounded by police, body guards, staff members and journalists on Capitol Hill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The It's All Politics blog is handling most of's coverage of the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who has said the charges that stem from his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s are baseless.

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Planet Money
8:37 am
Fri November 4, 2011

32 Ways Of Looking At Unemployment, In One Chart

Jacob Goldstein, Aly Hurt, and Jess Jiang NPR

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:14 pm

The unemployment rate fell slightly to 9 percent in October, according to this morning's big jobs report. But this single number hides a huge variation among different groups.

For high school grads in their early 20s, for example, the unemployment rate is about 18 percent. For college grads in their 30s and 40s, the rate is under 5 percent.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:15 am

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.