12:47pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 3:47 am

Major League baseball will begin random regular-season blood tests for human growth hormone, seen here in an injector pen holding about one week's worth of HGH doses at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University.
M. Spencer Green AP

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by

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12:34pm

Thu January 10, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Brendan Getzell

Brendan Getzell describes his sound as “Grey’s Anatomy” music for “House” people. If you don’t understand those TV show references, try this: he specializes in epic power-rock.

 If you’d like to hear this brand of music in an intimate setting, Getzell will be performing with Peter Chung on Saturday (01.12) at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco, starting about 7pm.

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12:06pm

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

What Does $1 Trillion Worth Of Platinum Look Like?

You'd need a lot of these — think in terms of railroad cars to haul them — to have $1 trillion.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

OK, OK. We know that you don't actually need $1 trillion worth of platinum to make this debt-defying coin.

But just for the sake of some financial fun, how much platinum would you actually need to mint a coin that contains a trillion dollars worth of platinum?

Turns out, it's probably more than mankind has available on the market right now.

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11:26am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

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11:24am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Two Hurt, One Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Calif. School

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:33 pm

An area is cordoned off outside Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., Thursday. Authorities said a student was shot and wounded and another student was taken into custody.
Doug Keeler AP

There was a shooting incident at a high school in Taft, Calif., this morning. Now that many reports have come in from the scene, it appears that two people were injured and a shooter has been taken into custody.

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11:14am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:57 am

Jack Lew has been nominated to be the next Treasury secretary.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images
  • President Obama announces nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury

Saying he "cannot think of a better person" to take the job, President Obama this afternoon formally announced he is nominating Jacob "Jack" Lew, his chief of staff, to be the next Treasury secretary.

Word of Obama's decision to tap Lew, who previously served as budget director in the Obama and Clinton administration, broke Wednesday.

"Jack has my complete trust," Obama said.

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11:11am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Salt

Moroccans Celebrate A Bountiful Year For Date Harvest

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 2:38 pm

A Moroccan date harvester sorts his yield, which was well above average this year.
Jeff Koehler for NPR

In the heart of the Moroccan oasis and palm grove of Skoura, west of Marrakesh, yellow and reddish dates dangled heavily from branches high above us. It's going to be a good year, a man harvesting dates said, offering me a handful of fresh, still-yellow fruit cut from the tree just moments before.

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10:50am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 300 College Presidents Push For Changes In Gun Laws

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 12:24 pm

President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012)
Caroline Joe Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012

As Vice President Joe Biden meets today with the NRA and other organizations, another group of American leaders is speaking out on the issue of gun safety.

More than 300 college and university presidents have signed an open letter to American lawmakers, urging immediate action to curb gun violence and reform gun safety laws.

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10:48am

Thu January 10, 2013
Afghanistan

Small Strike Against Corruption: Afghan Governors Chosen On Merit

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:26 pm

Deputy provincial governors and district governors selected under a new merit-based program are sworn in Tuesday in Kabul. The development is part of an effort to address rampant corruption in Afghanistan.
Sean Carberry NPR

Regularly ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, Afghanistan has implemented what for it is a novel new program: selecting provincial and district officials on the basis of their skills, rather than connections.

By all accounts, Afghanistan's corruption is endemic at all levels of government. It's hoped the new effort will begin to curb graft, patronage and nepotism in the country's 34 provinces and roughly 360 districts.

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10:28am

Thu January 10, 2013
It's All Politics

What 'Lincoln' Says About Today's Congress

Daniel Day-Lewis takes on one of America's most famous presidents in Lincoln.
David James DreamWorks

Lincoln may not be a political film for the ages, but it's certainly a movie that speaks to our own time.

Although the movie centers on the abolition of slavery, Lincoln taps into one of the deepest desires of our historical moment — the desire for politicians in Washington to get their acts together and compromise to succeed in passing major legislation.

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