10:47am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

A Tennis Tale: Once Famous, 'Gorgeous Gussie' Dies In Obscurity

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:10 am

Gertrude Moran, "Gorgeous Gussie," playing at Wimbledon in 1949. Her attire, which included a bit of lace, shocked some.
George W. Hales Getty Images

10:42am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

London Police Arrest Two In 'Muslim Patrol' Incidents

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:58 pm

A screen grab taken from a video posted on YouTube.
YouTube

10:26am

Wed January 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bullseye Live at SF Sketchfest!

On Saturday, Jesse Thorn will record an episode of Bullseye live at The Punchline Comedy Club as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest

Guests on the show will be Boots Riley of The Coup and 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars.

It’s Bullseye live – this Saturday, January 26th at 4pm at The Punchline in San Francisco – information and tickets at S-F Sketchfest.com.

10:23am

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:56 am

Some hospices require patients to have a caregiver at home. But for many families, that's just not an option.
Guven Demir iStockphoto

Choosing hospice care is never an easy decision. It's an admission that the end is near, that there will be no cure.

But even after a family has opted for this end-of-life care, some still face an unexpected hurdle: Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don't have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey of nearly 600 hospice providers published in Health Affairs.

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9:38am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

House Passes GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan; Senate Democrats Offer Their Support

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 11:01 am

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: By a vote of 285-144, the House just passed a Republican plan that postpones for three months the federal government's next bump up against the so-called debt ceiling.

As we said earlier, the measure would head off another big battle over raising the government's borrowing authority — such as the one in 2011 that almost led to a government shutdown.

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9:24am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Union Membership Continues Decline; Now At Lowest Level Since 1930s

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:34 am

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says union membership continues to decline in the United States.

In 2012, American Union membership rate dropped to 11.3 percent from 11.8 percent in 2011. As The Washington Post reports, that's the lowest level since the 1930s.

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8:55am

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Old Drug Extends Life For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:55 pm

A CT scan showing an adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head.
Wikimedia Commons

A large study is providing a rare glimmer of hope for patients with pancreatic cancer, perhaps the deadliest of all malignancies.

By the time they're diagnosed, most patients with pancreatic cancer have advanced disease that's spread to the liver and lung. And the primary tumor may be inoperable because it's wrapped around vital blood vessels and nerves.

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8:55am

Wed January 23, 2013
The Salt

How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Before Columbus

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 8:15 am

A well-traveled root: A vendor sells sweet potatoes at a market near Manila in 2011. The Portuguese brought the root to the Philippines all the way from the Caribbean.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to spreading food around the world, Christopher Columbus and his European compatriots get most of the credit.

Yes, they introduced some quintessential ingredients into European and Asian cuisine. Who could imagine Italian food without the tomato? Or Indian and Chinese dishes without the spicy kick of chili peppers?

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8:29am

Wed January 23, 2013
Middle East

Did Syrian President 'Rejoice' In Obama's Speech?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:55 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, President Obama's vision for reducing gun violence includes improving access to mental health care. So we decided to ask two mental health professions who've thought a lot about violence, especially gun violence, for their perspectives on what kinds of changes they think would be helpful.

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8:29am

Wed January 23, 2013
Mental Health

How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:55 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Supreme Court case that established abortion rights in this country is now 40 years old, but the political and cultural fights about abortion are going on still. We'll talk about this with our panel of women commentators. That's our Beauty Shop roundtable and that's in just a few minutes.

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