Politics
11:59 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?

Socialist candidate for the presidency Norman Thomas parades down Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee in 1932, where he made a speech.
AP

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 3:11 pm

The perennial presidential candidate: Like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going. Like Old Man River, he keeps on rolling along. And he is held up as a pure example from the high school civics class in which we were taught that in America anyone can run for president.

He is also, like the majority of people who seek office, an also-ran.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Falling Satellite's Return Delayed, U.S. Again A Possible Landing Site

This artist's conceptual image provided by NASA shows the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS.
NASA

NASA has updated its news on the pending descent of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, and here's the headline: the satellite's re-entry has been pushed back. The UARS is now expected to plunge towards Earth late today or early Saturday, EDT.

The main drag on the satellite's speed - solar activity - is no longer the main reason why the spacecraft is slowing down. Its path, speed and spin are now so unpredictable that scientists say they cannot estimate when it will fall.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:41 am
Fri September 23, 2011

To Die Or Not To Die From Spontaneous Combustion

No so spontaneous: A stuntman burns during a controlled stunt in Ontario.
iStockphoto.com

Lead singer of the fake rock band Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins, famously uttered these words in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap: "Dozens of people spontaneously combust every year. It's just not widely reported."

And so an obscure phenomenon exploded into pop culture's collective consciousness.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Abbas: It Is Time For A 'Palestinian Spring'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 12:48 pm

The president of the Palestinian Authority handed United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon an application that asks the world body to recognize Palestine as a member state. The dramatic move caps months of diplomatic wrangling in which the United States and Israel tried to dissuade Mahmoud Abbas from reaching this point.

Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson made it official on Twitter, saying:

President Abbas just handed the Palestinian application to the Secretary-General.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Report: Fannie Missed Chances To Stop Robo-Signing

An eviction team removes furniture during a home foreclosure in Longmont, Colorado.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 10:29 am

In two reports released today, regulators say the federal mortagage-financing giant Fannie Mae knew as early as 2006 that lawyers were illegally signing foreclosure documents, but it failed to stop the practice.

The AP reports:

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Smile Makeover
10:20 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Changing lives, one smile at a time

Dr. Brent Wehner, DDS.
http://www.greenvilledental.com

Each year, Gentle Dental Care in Greenville gives away a free 'Smile Makeover' to one lucky nominee. It's their way of giving back to a community that's been kind to them, and changing lives, one at a time.

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NPR Story
10:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Palestinian President Asks U.N. For State Recognition

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 2:00 pm

The president of the Palestinian Authority has asked the U.N. to recognize his state. The Israelis say such a move would violate past agreements and are threatening retaliation. U.S. and European diplomats are scrambling to head off what could be a diplomatic train wreck.

The Salt
9:20 am
Fri September 23, 2011

American Goat Cheese: From Hippie Chick To Hip And Chic

Cypress Grove's goat cheese wedding cake
April Fulton NPR

I'll never forget the taste of a particular glass of milk offered to me at my friend's house when we were in the fourth grade: Sour grass. After I tried it, my friend's hippie mom proudly informed me it was goat's milk. Gross, I thought.

I had a pretty typical East Coast 1980s childhood diet of sugary cereals and processed dinners, and so my palate was completely unprepared for the funky flavor of goat.

But now, some 30 years later, I've often pulled goat cheese out of the fridge to bolster a quick dinner or to serve unexpected visitors.

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Health Care
9:09 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Bartering For Health Care: Yardwork For Treatment

True North Health Center in Falmouth, Maine, accepts "time dollars," in addition to real dollars. Patients perform services in the community, like raking leaves, to earn the currency, and they can spend it for care at True North.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 8:02 am

Deb Barth is raking leaves for Lesley Jones. But Barth isn't earning money for her yardwork, at least not in physical currency. She's earning "time dollars" — for every two hours she spends doing odd jobs, she'll earn a free visit with her doctor.

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Economy
9:06 am
Fri September 23, 2011

A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion

European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.

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