1:49pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Ninjas Use Throwing Stars? A Conversation About Ninja Realities

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 2:31 pm

An authentic master of ninjutsu martial art, Kazuki Ukita poses in Ninja costume at the Ninja museum's Ninja residence in the small ancient city of Ueno.
Toshifumi Kitamura AFP/Getty Images

Our friends at On Point had a fascinating discussion today with the author of a new book about ninjas.

Here's what Sam Gale Rosen, On Point's producer, told us:

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1:39pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Says Obama Will Visit Israel This Spring

Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 5:49 am

President Obama will make his first presidential visit to Israel this spring, the White House announced this afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not give an indication of date, but he said that Obama will also visit the West Bank and Jordan during the trip.

As The Washington Post points out, the trip comes at a time when Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have stalled. The Post reports:

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1:19pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Make You Drunker

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:36 pm

The rum in that Cuba libre will hit your bloodstream faster if it's mixed with diet cola.
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Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Well, get ready for the buzz.

According to the results of a new study, this combination will leave you drunker than if you'd mixed the liquor with a sugary, caloric mixer.

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12:57pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Questions About Justice Department Memo On Targeted Killings

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:48 am

A confidential Justice Department memo obtained by NBC News outlines legal theories the Obama administration has used to justify killing American citizens abroad. Here are five key questions and answers about the document:

1) What is it?

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12:38pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Says It Has No Plans To Charge Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:52 pm

Lance Armstrong during a January interview with Oprah Winfrey regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career.
Getty Images

The Department of Justice said today that it was sticking by its decision not to pursue any charges against cyclist Lance Armstrong.

"We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago. Obviously, we've been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong in other media reports. That does not change my view at this time," André Birotte, a U.S. attorney based in Los Angeles, said according to Reuters.

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11:57am

Tue February 5, 2013
Middle East

Tracking Rape In Syria Through Social Media

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 5:17 pm

Syrian women walk through a market area in the northern city of Aleppo last November. A new website is documenting the use of rape in the Syrian conflict.
John Cantlie AFP/Getty Images

Rape has long been a weapon of war, but documenting sexual violence usually happens after a conflict is over. Researchers are taking a new path with the Syrian conflict: tracking the incidents of rape as they occur.

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11:46am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

British House Of Commons Passes Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

Snow falls on the Houses of Parliament in London in January.
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By an overwhelming majority, the British House of Commons passed a bill that legalizes gay marriage. The bill is expected to become law because it is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The House passed the bill with a vote of 400 to 175.

The CBC reports:

"Same-sex civil partnerships have been allowed in the U.K. for eight years. One of the more high-profile unions is between musician Elton John and his Canadian partner, David Furnish.

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11:40am

Tue February 5, 2013
It's All Politics

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:42 pm

Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.

So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.

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11:19am

Tue February 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Prostate Cancer Screening Is So Tricky

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 11:56 am

When is the right time to check the PSA box?
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Men can be forgiven for being confused over screening for prostate cancer. Doctors are confused, too.

When it comes to figuring out if the benefits are worth the risks, the simplest solutions may not be best, a study of the options finds.

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11:03am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy To Slow This Year As The Government Tightens, CBO Says

While the economy will benefit from continued improvement in "underlying" conditions, the federal government's push to tighten its spending will slow overall growth in 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects.

In an updated "Budget and Economic Outlook" reported released Tuesday afternoon, the agency forecasts:

-- 1.4 percent growth in gross domestic product this year, vs. 2.3 percent in 2012.

-- 2.6 percent growth in 2014.

-- 4.1 percent growth in 2015.

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