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The Salt
4:08 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

As we reported, John Bohannon conducted a real — but deeply flawed — study on how chocolate affects weight loss, wrote press releases to alert the media, then sat back and watched who bit. Many news organizations around the world took the bait.

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Shots - Health News
3:52 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

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All Tech Considered
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Taser International is now selling police departments the technology to store videos from body cameras.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

You know what a pain it can be storing and organizing the millions of videos you've shot on your smartphone. Now imagine you're a police officer, and you wear a body camera every day.

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. In the months since Ferguson, share prices for the camera manufacturer Taser International have doubled. But in the long run, the real money is in selling police a way to store all that video.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Several Cash Withdrawals Triggered Investigation Into Former Speaker Hastert

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Law
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

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Law
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:40 pm

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting.

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Shots - Health News
3:00 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:46 pm

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Death Toll In Southern Plains Flooding Rises To 25

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state.
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The number of people who died because of storms that have inundated parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week has hit 25 people, after search crews found a drowned truck driver whose vehicle had overturned in a culvert near Dallas.

That's the word from member station KERA, where Lauren Silverman reports that a new batch of storms that hit Dallas-Fort Worth "dumped three to seven inches of rain on an already over-saturated area" last night.

All that water created treacherous conditions for this morning's commute; widespread and serious delays were reported.

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Music News
2:54 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Before Berry Gordy's Motown, There Was John Dolphin's Recorded In Hollywood

John Dolphin and his wife Ruth Dolphin pose in his record store around 1958.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:28 pm

Jeanette Baker got to know John Dolphin when she was an aspiring teenage singer in the 1950s.

"I can see him now walking around with that cigar," Baker says. "When he walked around, you knew he was somebody, OK, because he had that air ... which was kind of unusual in those days because being a black man with all that competence that he had, he was like a role model to us."

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

EU, Japan Express Concern Over China's Moves In South China Sea

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015.
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The European Union and Japan are expressing concern over China's escalating moves to claim sovereignty over disputed islands in the East and South China Sea, a day after reports that U.S. officials have spotted large artillery vehicles on a newly created artificial island in the Spratly chain.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders To Face Test In New Hampshire

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:24 pm

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Commentary
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Week In Politics: New Presidential Contenders, Patriot Act

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:21 pm

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

This Feb. 4 courtroom sketch shows Ross Ulbricht as he was found guilty in New York. Ulbricht was sentenced to prison on Friday.
Elizabeth Williams AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:20 pm

Ross Ulbricht, the San Francisco man who created Silk Road, was sentenced Friday to life in prison for his role in operating the shadowy online marketplace.

Ulbricht faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a "substantially" longer sentence.

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NPR Story
1:04 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

What A Nuclear Arms Deal Will Mean For Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he thinks a nuclear deal can be reached with the U.S. and other world powers by the June 30 deadline. This deal would freeze Iran’s nuclear program for a decade, and the sanctions against Iran would end.

But many are skeptical that this deal will actually work. Eliot Cohen, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, discusses the deal with Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins.

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NPR Story
1:04 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Cigar Smoking Championship Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

(Darren Cioffi via Facebook)

Cigar smoking aficionados from around the world will descend on Copenhagen this weekend, for the next round of the Cigar Smoking World Championship.

Last year’s winner, Darren Cioffi, became the first American to win the world championship, and he also owns the Nashville cigar maker Principal Cigars. He talked about cigars and competitive smoking with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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Interviews
1:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

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Music Reviews
1:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

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The Salt
12:56 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Dan Byers, an elite-cattle breeder, checks the heartbeat on a newborn calf, born from an embryo implanted in a surrogate heifer. Because the calf was delivered via C-section, he sprinkles sweet molasses powder on her to prompt the surrogate mother cow to lick her clean.
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Panda, standing six feet tall and weighing almost a ton, is everything a show cow should be: broad-backed and round-rumped, with sturdy legs holding up her heft. Her hide — thick and black, with splotches of creamy white — fits her name.

"She's a big-time cow," says Dan Byers, owner of Byers Premium Cattle, Inc. "She's a freak of nature is what she is."

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It's All Politics
11:46 am
Fri May 29, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley performs with his Irish rock group, O'Malley's March, in Baltimore in 2002.
Alex Dorgan-Ross AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:04 pm

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to announce his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday with a speech at Baltimore's Federal Hill Park. His announcement will be quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well-known to area residents and the addition of the local Kelly Bell Band booked as entertainment.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Idaho's Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Says

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:44 am

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's law prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The court ruled in favor of Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn (on behalf of himself and his patients), who had challenged Idaho's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that restricts abortion in the state.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Fri May 29, 2015

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

President Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their historic meeting in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:29 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

The U.S. State Department announced Friday that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation."

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

Members of the Saudi security services inspect the site of a car bomb attack targeting Shiite Saudis attending Friday prayers at a mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:25 am

The Saudi branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a second suicide bomb attack in as many weeks on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom.

At least four people — including the person thought to be the driver of the car bomb — were killed in the attack, which took place during Friday prayers at the al-Anoud mosque in Dammam in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

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Shots - Health News
8:28 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Breath-Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death

Competitive swimmers often practice breath holding to increase endurance.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 10:38 am

There's a dare that floats out on hot days by the pool: Who can hold their breath the longest? In shallow water, the challenge sounds fun or at least harmless. Competitive swimmers and divers crouch under the surface all the time to build endurance. But the practice can cause swimmers to faint and drown without warning and before anyone notices.

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Goats and Soda
8:17 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Look Who's Hanging Out With A Goat! It's Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

Screengrab of DuJour Media's Instagram feed.
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Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:27 pm

Goats have lots of unusual friends.

There's the goat and the hippo.

And the goat and the giraffe.

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The Two-Way
6:22 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Muhammadu Buhari Becomes Nigeria's President

Former General and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday.
Sunday Alamba AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:28 am

For the first time since Nigeria won its independence in 1960, the country has inaugurated an opposition figure as its next president.

Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general who ruled the country back in the '80s after a military coup, was sworn in as president of Nigeria on Friday.

The BBC reports:

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Around the Nation
6:07 am
Fri May 29, 2015

God Sues Equifax And Wins

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Asia
6:07 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Bees Were Literally Gao Bingguo's Knees

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The Two-Way
4:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Despite Corruption Scandal, Blatter Wins Fifth Term As FIFA Chief

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem on May 19.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:20 pm

Update at 1:18 p.m. ET. Blatter Wins Fifth Term:

Two days after leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, soccer's world governing body decided to stay the course, electing Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as its president.

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:07 am

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