1:04pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew: Majority Of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:20 pm

A sheriff officer sifts through marijuana in the back of a trailer which was confiscated from a field last Wednesday in Sanger, Calif.

Gary Kazanjian AP

For the first time in four decades of polling, a majority of Americans support legalizing the use of marijuana.

A Pew poll released today found that 52 percent of those polled said marijuana should be legal. Forty-five percent said it should be illegal.

Pew reports:

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11:57am

Thu April 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Researchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal Hidden Dreamscape

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 11:57 am

A window into dreams may now be opening.
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Scientists say they have found a way to get a glimpse of people's dreams.

"Our results show that we can predict what a person's seeing during dreams," says Yukiyasu Kamitani, a researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan.

Philosophers, poets and psychologists have long shared a fascination with dreams. But Jack Gallant, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley says solving the mystery of our dreams is one tough problem.

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11:48am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Salt

Hello, My Name Is Porterhouse Chop. I Used To Be 'Pork Chop'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:33 pm

The name may be new, but we've been cutting the "porterhouse chop" for quite a long time
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Pork's most popular cuts don't have snazzy names. At least, not until now.

Coming soon to a grocery store near you are the New York chop, the porterhouse chop and the sirloin chop. Yes, pork is borrowing some of the nomenclature of beef cuts. Why?

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11:30am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Enron's Jeffrey Skilling May Be Negotiating An Early Release

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 3:43 pm

Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling outside of the Bob Casey United States Court House in Houston in 2006.
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Jeffrey Skilling, the former Enron executive serving a 24-year prison sentence for his role in the energy company's collapse, may receive a shorter prison term.

According to Reuters, the United States Department of Justice notified victims of Enron's fraud that they are currently in negotiation with Skilling.

Reuters adds:

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10:55am

Thu April 4, 2013
Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 5:20 pm

Sriv Keng (right) and her husband, Vet Vong, dish up bowls of rice for customers at her roadside food stall, which is situated in a garment manufacturing district.
Will Baxter for NPR

If you've applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you're approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There's just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. The program is a throwback to the days when bankers got to know their customers — and trusted them.

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10:24am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Facebook Phone Is 'A Family Of Apps,' Zuckerberg Says

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 12:06 pm

CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Thursday's "Facebook phone" announcement.
Robert Galbraith Reuters /Landov

Facebook is going to "turn things around," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday, by turning "your Android phone into a great, simple social device" that is "designed around people."

He came on stage just after 1 p.m. ET at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters to talk about a very poorly kept secret — the so-called Facebook phone.

But, Zuckerberg said at the start of his talk, "we're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system."

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10:23am

Thu April 4, 2013
Author Interviews

Former Mormon Missionary Describes The Experience Of 'Elders'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 1:47 pm

As a Mormon missionary, Ryan McIlvain spent two years ringing strangers' doorbells, even as he experienced doubts about his own faith. McIlvain left the church in his mid-20s. His debut novel, Elders, is based on the experiences he had trying to convert people to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Elder" is the term used for a young Mormon on his mission.

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10:23am

Thu April 4, 2013
Commentary

Even Dictionaries Grapple With Getting 'Marriage' Right

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:12 am

Geoff Nunberg says a good definition extends to the past as well as the present: It's not just about what "marriage" has come to mean; it's all the word has ever meant.
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It's a funny thing about dictionaries. First we're taught to revere them, then we have to learn to set them aside. Nobody ever went wrong starting a middle-school composition with, "According to Webster's ..." but that's not how you start an op-ed commentary about terrorism or racism. When it comes to the words that do the cultural heavy lifting, we're not about to defer to some lexicographer hunched over a dusty keyboard.

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10:08am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

The Sky Isn't Falling Over The Korean Peninsula — Yet

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:04 am

In this photo released in March by the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), leader Kim Jong Un is said to be using a pair of binoculars to look south during an inspection of army troops stationed on two islands.
Xinhua /Landov

Almost every day, there's some new threat out of North Korea.

It's hard to determine how seriously to take these threats. War on the Korean Peninsula could be catastrophic, so the bluster can't be dismissed. On the other hand, North Korea has a long history of hyperbole, of making threats it doesn't follow through on.

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9:23am

Thu April 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA Warns That 'Ninja Mojo' And 'Love Rider' Contain Hidden Drugs

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 11:10 am

The Food and Drug Administration says its tests have found undeclared drug ingredients in supplements marketed for the enhancement of sexual performance.
FDA

Even before the Food and Drug Administration's latest safety warning to men about dietary supplements that claim to enhance sexual performance, there were clues of trouble.

The label for Ninja Mojo, for instance, misspells herbal as "harbal" and says buyers of it should "keep out of reach form [sic] children."

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