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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Where Eye Care Is A Luxury, Technology Offers Access

A man from Liberia uses a pump to adjust his liquid silicon lens. Liquid-lens glasses are part of an effort to make eyewear more accessible in the developing world.
Courtesy of Centre for Vision in the Developing World

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:33 pm

For millions of people in the developing world, one thing stands between them and a job or an education: a good pair of glasses. Quality eye care is often a luxury in areas where health services are scarce. So researchers and entrepreneurs are looking for breakthrough technologies to bring the cost of glasses and eye exams way down.

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Latin America
4:13 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

U.S. Travel To Cuba Grows As Restrictions Are Eased

The U.S. government has restricted travel to Cuba for a half-century. However, the Obama administration has gone back to a Clinton-era policy that eased some limitations, and some 400,000 Americans visited Cuba last year.
Grand Circle Foundation PRNewsFoto

Cuba is the only country in the world the U.S. government restricts its own citizens from visiting. Americans can go to Burma, Iran, even North Korea if those places give them a visa.

The Obama administration has now relaxed travel rules for Cuba, leading to a surge in U.S.-government approved tours to the island. But in the U.S., some lawmakers staunchly opposed to the Castro government say the travel programs are filled with heavy doses of propaganda.

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Around the Nation
4:10 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Helicopter Parents Hover In The Workplace

As the millennial generation enters the workforce, employers report that parents are taking an increasingly active role advocating on behalf of their children.
Images Bazaar Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:33 pm

So-called helicopter parents first made headlines on college campuses a few years ago, when they began trying to direct everything from their children's course schedules to which roommate they were assigned.

With millennial children now in their 20s, more helicopter parents are showing up in the workplace, sometimes even phoning human resources managers to advocate on their child's behalf.

Megan Huffnagle, a former human resources manager at a Denver theme park, recalls being shocked several years ago when she received a call from a young job applicant's mother.

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The Salt
4:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

In Indianapolis, Super Bowl Leftovers Are All Gone (To The Hungry)

A platter of wraps for a Super Bowl party.
JOHN BERRY The Post-Standard /Landov

The Super Bowl party is over, and that means refrigerators around the country today are jammed with uneaten Frito pies, fried chicken, and seven-layer dips – remnants of one of the most gluttonous days of the year.

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The Two-Way
3:59 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

In New Book, Former White House Intern Details Her Alleged Affair With JFK

Mimi Alford in an interview with Rock Center.
Screenshot NBC News

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:04 pm

The New York Post has gotten their hands on a new memoir from a woman called Mimi Alford in which the now 68-year-old grandmother details an 18-month affair with President John F. Kennedy.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:34 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers: From Playing In Knee Socks To Owning Two Strads

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco courtesy of the artist

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Shots - Health Blog
3:33 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Quelling Violence Sparked By A Baby's Cry

Inexperienced parents are most likely to react angrily to a crying baby.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 3:59 pm

No parent holds a new baby and thinks that within a year they will have seriously injured or even killed that child. Or that the violence could be sparked by something as common as a baby's cry.

But each year, more than 4,000 young children are hospitalized because they've been seriously injured, usually by a parent, and about 300 die. Babies under age 1 are the most likely victims, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

First Barbie, Now Bart Simpson Is Banned In Iran

Homer, left, and Bart Simpson: too dangerous for Iran.
Claire Greenway Getty Images

As most of the headlines we're seeing say: "Aww, man!"

A newspaper in Iran says the authorities there have banned dolls of characters from The Simpsons because they supposedly promote Western culture.

So that means Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and, of course, Bart, join Barbie on the list of toys deemed to be too hot for Iranian children to handle.

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It's All Politics
3:19 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Indiana's Top Election Official Convicted of Voter Fraud

The New England Patriots weren't the only losers on Super Bowl weekend in Indiana.

With much of the world focused on Indianapolis hosting the big game, a local jury on Saturday convicted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White on six felony counts, including theft and voter fraud — a crime he was supposed to prevent as the state's top election official.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Citibank Receives OK To Issue Credit Cards In China

Citgroup announced today that China had approved its plans to issue credit cards in the country. That will make it the first U.S.-based bank to be able to issue credit cards under its own brand.

Citigroup said it plans to issue its first cards this year. The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

'Prop 8' Ruling Expected Tuesday; California Measure Banned Gay Marriage

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to release its ruling on the constitutionality of Calfornia's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday (10 a.m. in California), the court just announced.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:54 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Secondhand Smoke An Unwelcome Passenger In Cars With Kids

About 1 in 5 kids in middle school or high school is exposed to secondhand smoke in cars.
Richard Clark iStockphoto.com

Sitting in a car with a smoker is about as close to lighting up as a nonsmoker can get.

And quite a few schoolchildren get exposed to secondhand smoke this way, according to an estimate by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 1 in 5 nonsmoking kids in middle and high school reported sharing a car with a smoker who had lit up within a week of answering a survey in 2009. The researcher say the survey, which included responses from thousands of students, give an accurate snapshot of what's happening across the country.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

'Boston Globe' Offers Small Consolation To Patriots' Fans

The cover of The Boston Globe's special Super Bowl section.
The Boston Globe

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 1:40 pm

There was a little humor in The Boston Globe's special Super Bowl section this morning. It featured an all-caps headline delivering the bad news to Patriot fans that its team had repeated its 2008 defeat. It also featured a photo of a dejected Tom Brady.

But if you looked at the upper right-hand corner (click on the photo to get a closer look), where the throw-away forecast goes, it offered a bit of consolation to its readers:

"But Weather's Nice"

Indeed, they're expecting a high of about 50.

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

'What If?' Moments Stand Out In Story Of Father Who Killed Himself And Sons

Investigators work around the smoldering remains of the house near Graham, Wash., on Sunday (Feb. 5, 2012).
John Froschauer AP

"I'm sorry, goodbye," Josh Powell wrote in an email to his attorney just before he apparently ignited an explosive fire Sunday that took not just his life but those of his 5- and 7-year-old sons, authorities say.

The tragic events at Powell's home in Graham, Wash., came nearly three years after the disappearance of Powell's wife Susan and the emergence of Powell as the only "person of interest" in the case. Throughout, he maintained his innocence.

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World
1:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

The World's 'Responsibility To Protect'

After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, world leaders vowed that such mass atrocities could never be allowed to happen again. In 2005, the U.N. adopted the Responsibility to Protect, a set of principles to guide the response of the international community if a government fails to protect its population.

Opinion
1:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Op-Ed: Komen Foundation Needs A New Approach

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation reversed its controversial decision to stop providing funding to Planned Parenthood. Rodger Jones, an editorial writer for the Dallas Morning Star, says that to retain the support of abortion rights opponents, Komen needs to consider different fundraising options.

Economy
1:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Unemployment Numbers Offer Hope And Concern

The jobs numbers at the start of 2012, shed a ray of positivity on a gloomy economic picture. Some economists warn against premature optimism. While the economy is creating jobs again, it will take years to return to full employment.

Around the Nation
1:00 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Seeking Revenge In 'Underworld Of Vanished Bikes'

The majority of stolen bikes end up for sale on eBay or Craigslist.
iStockphoto.com

In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes' bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.

He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece "Who Pinched My Ride?" The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stake-outs and undercover stings.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Court Strips Contador Of 2010 Tour De France Victory

PINTO, SPAIN - FILE: Alberto Contador listens to questions from the media during his press conference pleading his innocence after being tested positive for clenbuterol in 2010.
Jasper Juinen Getty Images

Sport's highest court has stripped Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador of his 2010 Tour de France title.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the Spanish Cycling Federation's decision that said Contador had accidentally ingested clenbuterol, a performance enhancing drug, by eating a contaminated steak.

The CAS was deciding on an appeal launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Cycling Union (UCI).

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It's All Politics
12:10 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Super Bowl's Political Ads Stir Emotions Amid Beer, Chips And Car Ads

Clint Eastwood provided a Super Bowl surprise.
Chrysler ad screenshot

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Obama Signs Order Extending Sanctions To Property Of Iranian Government

President Obama has signed an executive order blocking the movement of "all property and interests in property of the government of Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran," if the assets are in the U.S. or are controlled by an American or U.S. entity at foreign branches of U.S. institutions.

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Movie Interviews
11:36 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

As of 2012, Meryl Streep holds the record for the actor with the most Academy Award nominations — her tally stands at 17.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 10:39 am

Meryl Streep is known for completely enveloping herself in her characters, capturing their nuances, speech patterns and personalities. In her films, she's transformed herself into such disparate people as the chef Julia Child, the writer Susan Orlean and plutonium-plant worker Karen Silkwood, winning countless honors and awards along the way.

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Your Money
11:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Chinese Labor Practices Sour Apple Consumers

An injured man arrives at a hospital in Chengdu on a stretcher following an explosion at an electronics factory owned by Foxconn Technology Group, which makes many Apple products. Poor working conditions and low pay at such factories has made many consumers push for Apple to contract work more selectively.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 12:47 pm

It's hard for those who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to describe what the device is worth to them, but it may be harder to measure the human cost of manufacturing Apple products.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon February 6, 2012

M.I.A.'s Flip Of The Finger: Big Deal Or Not?

M.I.A.'s now famous finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Christopher Polk Getty Images
(Note: If seeing someone "flip the bird" greatly offends you, this might not be the post for you.)

If it's the morning after a Super Bowl then that must mean everybody's talking not just about the game but about the ads and the halftime show as well.

The game? OK, but not the greatest. (If you haven't heard, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17.)

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Release Americans 'Immediately,' Ambassador Rice Tells Egypt

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 9:31 am

Saying that "these Americans have done absolutely nothing wrong," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations this morning called on Egypt to immediately allow 19 U.S. citizens to leave that country and to drop plans to accuse them of illegally funding groups that oppose Egypt's ruling military regime.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Poll Gives Obama 'Clear Edge' Over Romney

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:14 pm

President Obama has his first "clear edge" over Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in polling done for The Washington Post and ABC News:

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Eli Has Two Rings, Peyton Has One; Time For Little 'Bro To Get More Respect?

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI game against the New England Patriots, Sunday (Feb. 5, 2012).
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 8:14 am

  • NPR's Mike Pesca reports on the Super Bowl

After leading his New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots last night, quarterback Eli Manning is now 2-0 in Super Bowl games.

That puts him ahead of older brother Peyton, who has taken the Indianapolis Colts to two Super Bowls and won one.

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Europe
7:34 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 60 Years On The Throne

Elizabeth was just 25 and visiting the then-colony of Kenya, when word came her father the King had died. The royals will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee by visiting the nations that once made up the British empire.

The Two-Way
7:30 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Syrian Regime Has 'License To Kill' After Diplomatic Impasse, Activists Say

Activists say this image, taken from a video uploaded to YouTube, shows Syrians outside a field hospital in Homs earlier today. Blood stains the sidewalk. Because few foreign journalists are inside Syria, images such as this cannot be independently verified.
AFP/Getty Images
  • Steve Inskeep talks with Kelly McEvers about the violence in Homs

People in Homs, Syria, say government forces are shelling the city and that at least 15 to 20 people have died so far today. The renewed attacks follow an even deadlier weekend barrage — human rights groups say government forces killed about 200 people in Homs on Saturday, making it perhaps the bloodiest day since opposition protests began last spring.

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