2:38pm

Tue June 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's D.C. Court Nominations Heat Up Battle With Senate

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 8:25 am

President Obama announces in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday his nominations of (from left) Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard and Patricia Millett to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

President Obama fired a warning shot Tuesday in the battle over Senate confirmations: He nominated three new judges to the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, and he challenged Senate Republicans not to stand in their way.

Obama complained about procedural roadblocks that have tied up many of his previous nominees — sometimes for years.

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2:35pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:30 am

Prescriptions for testosterone medications, such as Testim and AndroGel, to men 40 and older rose threefold over the decade ending in 2011
MICHAEL BRYANT MCT/Landov

Some men have testosterone so low that it's a medical problem.

But how low is too low? And how many men really need a pharmaceutical version of the hormone to replace the testosterone that they might be missing?

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2:34pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:50 pm

A row of beer cans in Australia, where a man's beer fridge has been blamed for playing havoc with the cellphone network in several neighborhoods.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Faced with reports of a "black spot" that interfered with the mobile network in several neighborhoods, technicians at Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found the source of the problem: a man's beer fridge in his garage. The refrigerator was tracked by "software robots" and workers wielding special antennas.

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2:08pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Pacific Mozart Ensemble

Today's local music is the Bay Area a-cappella choir known as The Pacific Mozart Ensemble. You'll find this group does not limit themselves to Mozart. The Pacific Mozart Ensemble will be performing their Jazz & Pop concert on Sunday, June 9 at the Berkeley City Club. The concert begins at 5p.m.

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1:45pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Middle East

In Syria, Conflict Has Spread Throughout The Region

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:54 pm

Fierce fighting has been reported between President Bashar Assad's forces and rebels around the ancient citadel in Aleppo.
Giovanni Rinaldi iStockPhoto.com

The civil war in Syria is attracting fighters from all over, increasing sectarian tensions in other Muslim countries, threatening the region's tenuous stability, bringing the threat of Russian missiles, and leaving the U.S with few good options.

More than 80,000 people have been killed so far in Syria's civil war, and 4 million of Syria's 20 million people have been displaced. Robert Malley, the program director for Middle East and North Africa for the International Crisis Group, calls it "one of the most catastrophic humanitarian disasters we're facing."

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1:44pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Ohio State President Will Retire In Wake Of Latest Gaffes

Ohio State president Gordon Gee, seen here at last month's spring commencement, has announced his retirement. Gee came under fire for his remarks on Catholics, other schools, rival athletic conferences, and coaches.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Ohio State University president Gordon Gee will retire on July 1, ending his leadership of the school that was recently embarrassed by his verbal miscues. Gee, 69, recently sparked anger with comments he made about Catholics and rival universities.

Gee made those comments, reportedly intended as jokes, at a session of Ohio State's Athletic Council.

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1:20pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 7:18 am

PETA members hold placards on the street in Johannesburg.
Themba Hadebe AP

If you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarians, this may not be it.

New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that vegetarian diets are linked to a slightly lower risk of early death — about 12 percent lower over a period of about six years of follow-up. But the link to longevity was more significant in men compared with women.

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1:17pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 8:25 am

Forms of tuberculosis are emerging that are costly, difficult and at times, nearly impossible to treat. This new, worldwide threat is called multidrug-resistant TB, and it occurs when the bacteria no longer respond to the most common TB medications. Doctors have to turn, instead, to older, less effective drugs that can have devastating side effects such as hearing loss, blindness, aches and severe depression.

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12:53pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:00 pm

Young women can get health insurance through a parent, but it doesn't always include maternity care.
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Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act that bars discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender.

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12:18pm

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

Coronation Chicken: A Lowly Sandwich Filling With A Royal Pedigree

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:46 am

Sixty years on, this retro dish is still a favorite with Her Majesty.
Monkey Business Images iStockPhoto.com

If you want to eat like a queen, maybe it's time to break out the cold chicken, curry and cream sauce.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation in a ceremony Tuesday at Westminster Abbey. But the event also marks the anniversary of a dish as resilient as the British monarch herself: Coronation Chicken.

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