7:29am

Tue May 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Angelina Jolie And The Rise Of Preventive Mastectomies

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 10:03 am

In sharing her decision to have a double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has given voice to a dilemma more women are facing.
Carlo Allegri AP

Angelina Jolie just became part of a medical trend: More women are deciding to have their breasts removed to reduce the risk of cancer.

Over the past decade, doctors have noticed a big increase in the number of women choosing prophylactic, or preventive, mastectomies.

Some, like Jolie, have a genetic mutation that makes it much more likely that they will have breast cancer. Her mother died of the disease at age 56. Jolie is 37. She wrote about her decision in The New York Times.

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7:11am

Tue May 14, 2013
Parallels

As Gamblers Gather, Thailand's Child Boxers Slug It Out

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:33 pm

Chai Lorlam is a 9-year-old, 50-pound boxer in northeastern Thailand. The young fighters go through intense training for fights that are held for the benefit of gamblers who often wage large sums on the outcome. Chai is shown here at a recent match.
Morgan Hartley for NPR

Under the fluorescent lights of the boxing ring, the boy can barely see out beyond the elastic ropes that surround the fighting stage. The crowd and the festival that press in around him are shadowy outlines. But the boy can hear them.

"Chai Lorlam, 9 years old, 22.9 kilograms [just under 50 pounds]," the announcer says.

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6:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Hipsters Singled Out For Being Annoying

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 10:19 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Hipsters: They're known for roasting their own coffee, riding vintage bicycles, listening to vinyl records from obscure bands, and now also for being unpopular. A new report from Public Policy Polling finds only 16 percent of Americans think hipsters are still hip. More than a quarter of those polled said hipsters should have to pay a special tax for being so annoying.

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6:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
U.S.

Vermont Legislature Approves Assisted-Suicide Bill

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 10:19 am

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6:50am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Russian Security Service Claims To Have Uncovered CIA Agent

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:09 pm

In Moscow's Red Square, people still line up to visit Lenin's tomb. Though the Cold War is over, Russia and the U.S. keep watchful eyes on each other. Tuesday, Russian officials claimed to have uncovered a CIA spy.
Sergei Ilnitsky EPA /Landov

From Russia Today:

"Russia's counterintelligence agency has detained a CIA agent in Moscow trying to recruit an officer of the Russian secret service, the Federal Security Service (FSB) announced. The agent was operating under guise of career diplomat."

According to Reuters, the Russian foreign ministry has summoned U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul for a discussion.

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6:36am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

She's No Diva: Unruly Flier Sings 'I Will Always Love You'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:46 am

As she was led off the plane the singer (with bag) was recorded by at least one passenger.
YouTube.com

In case you haven't seen and heard it yet, there's a short video clip circulating of what it was like last Friday as a woman aboard a flight from Los Angeles to New York was taken off the plane after an unscheduled stop in Kansas City.

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5:57am

Tue May 14, 2013

5:52am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Afghan Taxes Weigh Heavily On U.S. Contractors, Report Says

Since 2008, the Afghan government has assessed nearly $1 billion dollars in taxes — sometimes erroneously — on U.S. contractors working in the country, according to a new report from the Pentagon's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, NPR's Tom Bowman tells our Newscast Desk.

John Sopko, the special inspector general, says the tax confusion has led to the arrest of contractors for nonpayment, increased costs to the U.S. government and interruptions to American military operations.

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5:27am

Tue May 14, 2013
KALW Almanac

Tuesday May 14, 2013

1973
  • 134th Day of 2013 / 231 Remaining
  • 38 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:5:59
  • Sunset:8:12
  • 14 Hours 13 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:9:45am
  • Moon Set:12:03am(Wednesday)
  • Moon’s Phase:19 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • May 24 @ 9:27pm
  • Full Flower Moon
  • Full Corn Planting Moon
  • Full Milk Moon
  • In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time.
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5:03am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Debuts Its Virtual Currency

The new Amazon Coins are making some people in the publishing world a little uncomfortable.
Courtesy of Amazon.com

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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