3:50pm

Tue April 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's 'Terrorism' Description Follows Cautious First Words

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:30 pm

President Obama leaves the White House briefing room Tuesday after making a statement about the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

On Monday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and some others made a point of highlighting President Obama's failure to use the words "terror" or "terrorism" in his first remarks following the Boston Marathon bombings.

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3:21pm

Tue April 16, 2013
The Salt

Stunting From Malnutrition Affects 1 In 4 Kids Worldwide

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:22 pm

Renande Raphael, aged 16 months, is measured to check whether she is growing normally. She's part of a trial in Haiti to see if an extra daily snack of enriched peanut butter prevents stunting and malnutrition.
Alex E. Proimos via flickr

Babies and toddlers in the poorest parts of the world are getting better fed.

What's the proof? Stunting in kids – a sign of poor nutrition early in life β€” has dropped by a third in the past two decades, UNICEF reported Monday. But there's a long way to go. Globally, a quarter of kids under the age of 5 were stunted in 2011. That's roughly 165 million children worldwide, with nearly 75 percent of them living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the report says.

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2:46pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Changes Help San Diego Homeless, But Long Road Remains Ahead

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:05 pm

Wanda Rayborn, 63, was homeless for nine years and was living under a tree in downtown San Diego two years ago. She now lives in a newly renovated efficiency apartment β€” part of an initiative to help get homeless people off the streets.
Pam Fessler NPR

Two years ago, we reported on an ambitious campaign to end homelessness in downtown San Diego, a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the nation. The effort involved an unprecedented coalition of business leaders, community groups and government agencies.

At the time, some advocates for the homeless β€” after years of seeing other, failed efforts to get people off city streets β€” were skeptical that the campaign would amount to much.

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2:35pm

Tue April 16, 2013
It's All Politics

How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:46 pm

Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

The legislative process on Capitol Hill is often slow and grinding. There are committee hearings, filibuster threats and hours of floor debate. But sometimes, when Congress really wants to get something done, it can move blindingly fast.

That's what happened when Congress moved to undo large parts of a popular law known as the STOCK Act last week.

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2:25pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Goats, poetry, and Cuban dance

CubaCaribe Festival

THURSDAY

Poems Under the DomeΒ // Go to San Francisco's City Hall to celebrate National Poetry Month. It’s an open-mike event, so bring something to recite, or just listen. It’ll be sheer poetry in either case. // DETAILS: Poems Under the Dome, City Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 5:30pm. Cost: FREE

FRIDAY

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2:16pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Around the Nation

50 Years Later, King's Birmingham 'Letter' Still Resonates

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:12 pm

Martin Luther King Jr., with the Rev. Ralph Abernathy (center) and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, defied an injunction against protesting on Good Friday in 1963. They were arrested and held in solitary confinement in the Birmingham jail where King wrote his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail."
Courtesy of Birmingham Public Library Archives

It's been five decades since Martin Luther King Jr., began writing his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," a response to eight white Alabama clergymen who criticized King and worried the civil rights campaign would cause violence. They called King an "extremist" and told blacks they should be patient.

But the time for waiting was over. Birmingham was the perfect place to take a stand.

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1:39pm

Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

American Airlines Grounds All Flights Due To Computer Glitch

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 1:54 pm

American Airlines flights were grounded for two hours on Tuesday due to a glitch in the reservation system, the airline says.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

A computer glitch in the reservations system at American Airlines caused all of the carrier's flights to be grounded for at least two hours on Tuesday.

"American's reservation and booking tool, Sabre is offline," American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan told Reuters in an email. "We're working to resolve the issue as quickly as we can. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports that the outage was announced about 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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1:21pm

Tue April 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Background Check Battle: More Prosecution Or More Checks?

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:54 am

Vice President Joe Biden, holds a background check form last week in Washington, as he calls on Congress to pass legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

One argument that some gun rights groups make against expanding background checks is that the federal government isn't doing a good enough job now of enforcing the law already on the books.

They point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted.

But gun control supporters say that argument totally misses the point of background checks.

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1:04pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Quality Conundrum: Complications Boost Hospital Profits

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 2:35 pm

If he messes up, should the hospital profit?
iStockphoto.com

Hospitals can make much more money when surgery goes wrong than in cases that go without a hitch.

And that presents a problem for patients. The financial incentives don't favor better care.

"The magnitude of the numbers was eye-popping," says Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and an author of the study, which was just published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It was much larger than we expected."

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12:59pm

Tue April 16, 2013
The Salt

Low-Sodium Food Labels Woo, And Confuse, Consumers

Nutrition fact labels are good but confusing, consumers say.
iStockphoto.com

The general consensus is that food labels that advertise lower sodium are a good way to help people make more healthful choices. But after that, what we think those labels mean gets a bit fuzzy, according to a new study.

Nutrition researchers were wondering just how we interpret the various sodium-related claims slapped on food packages: claims like "low in sodium" but also how a food product will reducing the risk of disease like hypertension, or "help lower blood pressure."

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