1:33pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: John Santos

The rhythms of today's local music may be Latin, but they come from an ensemble headed by Bay Area native John Santos. Santos is Resident Artistic Director for four performances at the new SFJazz Center this weekend, and will be performing himself on Saturday, March 23, starting at 7:30pm. 

1:09pm

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

Frank Capley (left) and Joe Alfano protest the San Francisco county clerk's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 14.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative Republican who recently said he now supports same-sex marriage because he has a gay son, evidently has plenty of company.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests that many Americans have changed their minds — going from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage — because they personally know someone who is gay.

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12:35pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:40 pm

Actor Bruce Willis on the surface of an asteroid from the movie Armageddon. Lawmakers are questioning the likelihood of the movie's plot becoming reality.
Frank Masi ASSOCIATED PRESS

Without "a few years" warning, humans currently have no capacity to stop an asteroid on a collision course with the planet, scientists told a Senate panel Wednesday.

"Right now we have no options," said former astronaut Ed Lu. "If you dont know where they are, there's nothing you can do."

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12:24pm

Wed March 20, 2013
The Salt

Recipes, Not Rockets: Cookbook Offers New Lens On Gaza

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 6:21 am

Fatema Qaadan prepares fatta, a meal of buttery rice and griddle bread served with roasted meat.
Courtesy of Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt

When you think about the Gaza Strip, do you think "organic farming"? How about "family dairy"? Would you expect California pistachios to flavor made-in-Gaza baklava? Have you heard that Hamas has a 10-year plan to develop sustainable local agriculture?

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11:47am

Wed March 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governors's Race Poll

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:33 pm

Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.

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11:41am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:41 pm

Apollo 11 climbs toward orbit after liftoff on July 16, 1969. In 2 1/2 minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles, some 55 miles downrange.
NASA

11:27am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Fed Sees Moderate Growth, Will Continue With Its Stimulus

Update at 2:03 p.m. ET. Rates Unchanged:

Following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve said in a policy statement today that it is continuing with its "highly accommodative stance of monetary policy."

That means that it will stay the course with its aggressive stimulus, buying $85 billion of bonds a month.

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11:25am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

When It Comes To Cyberwarfare, North Korea Is No Newbie

Members of the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) check on cyberattacks Wednesday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Who or what caused a takedown of computer systems at banks and broadcasters in South Korea on Wednesday is still a matter of speculation, but suspicion immediately and unsurprisingly fell on Seoul's archenemy to the north.

If true, it wouldn't be the first time that North Korea, often regarded as technologically backward, has successfully wielded the computer as weapon.

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10:50am

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Health Law Turns Three, Public Is As Confused As Ever

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 5:07 am

Couldn't hurt to make a wish for good health!
Ruth Black iStockphoto.com

As the Affordable Care Act nears its third birthday this Saturday, a poll finds the public actually knows less about the law now than when it passed in 2010. Oh, and a lot of what people think they know just isn't so.

Those are the central findings of this month's tracking poll just released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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10:06am

Wed March 20, 2013
Author Interviews

'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 11:49 am

Shereen El Feki is the author of Sex and the Citadel.
Kristof Arasim Pantheon

"I know of young women who have been returned to their families by their husbands because, as you say, they did not bleed on defloweration," Shereen El Feki tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

El Feki, the author of the new book Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, spent five years traveling across the Arab region asking people about sex: what they do, what they don't, what they think and why.

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