2:11pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Token Gift May Encourage Gift Of Life

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 5:08 am

A stamp can build awareness, but broader use of incentives could help boost blood donations.
Michael Rega iStockphoto.com

There are two things you can always count on: public radio pledge drives and the local blood bank asking for a donation of a very different sort.

Both kinds of giving can fill you with a sense of goodwill. But, let's be honest, the tote bags help, too.

When it comes to blood donations, though, ethical concerns and risk have led to limits on incentives for donors in many places. The World Health Organization has set a goal for governments around the world to reach completely voluntary and nonremunerated donations of blood by 2020.

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2:09pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: May 24, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

OAS calls for flexibility… New health findings… Supreme Court just says no… “Great Gatsby” was a pot dealer… and more!

POLITICS & COURTS

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1:38pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Then And Now Sunday at 8pm

Then And Now

Kevin Vance sitting in for Sarah Cahill, will play guitar music of Fernando Sor, piano music of Robert Schumann, A Mozart string quartet and a Bach Cello suite.  We'll also hear some 20th century music from William Kraft and Philip Glass.

1:08pm

Fri May 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Ring Nebula Is More Like A Jelly Doughnut, NASA Says

The famous Ring Nebula is shown here in striking detail, in a composite image made from images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and infrared data from telescopes on Earth.
NASA, ESA, C.R. Robert O'Dell, G.J. Ferland, W.J. Henney and M. Peimbert

The Ring Nebula, whose iconic shape and large size make it a favorite of amateur astronomers, can now be seen in new detail, after NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a sharp image of the nebula. Researchers say the new clarity reveals details that were previously unseen, and a structure that's more complex than scientists had believed.

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1:02pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Around the Nation

Battered Jersey Shore Pins Recovery Hopes On Summer Season

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 9:37 am

Construction workers work to rebuild the boardwalk in Seaside Heights in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.
Mel Evans AP

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer travel season, and it's particularly important for the resort communities along the Jersey Shore still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

In the popular tourist spot Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., it has taken seven months and more than $1 million to make repairs along Jenkinson's Boardwalk.

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12:51pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Transportation

California High-Speed Rail challenge will move forward

A sign protesting the high-speed rail in the Central Valley (via flickr user J. Stephen Conn)

The first stage of construction on California’s high-speed rail is set to begin this summer, but the legal challenges aren’t going away anytime soon. Last week, a judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by Central Valley residents of Kings County to block construction will move forward as planned.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority had been trying to get the Kings County lawsuit lumped together with a separate “validation” lawsuit, where anyone opposed to the project can sue the Authority in one giant case.

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12:23pm

Fri May 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Ex-Guatemalan President Extradited To U.S.

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 12:42 pm

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo speaks with journalists in Guatemala City before boarding a plane for the U.S. on Friday.
AFP/Getty Images

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been extradited to the United States, where he faces charges of laundering tens of millions of dollars through U.S. banks.

Portillo, who served as president from 2000 to 2004, was snatched from a hospital bed in Guatemala City, where he was recovering from liver surgery. He was placed on an airplane bound for New York, according to his lawyer, Mauricio Berreondo.

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12:21pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Heart Failure Treatment Improves, But Death Rate Remains High

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Heart with congestive heart failure showing an enlarged left ventricle.
Brian Evans Science Source

This is one of those "good news, but" medical stories.

New treatments for heart failure have made it much less likely that people with this chronic condition will die suddenly.

But an analysis by researchers at UCLA finds that the death rate for people with advanced heart failure remains stubbornly high, with 30 percent of people dying within three years.

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12:20pm

Fri May 24, 2013
The Salt

The Great Charcoal Debate: Briquettes Or Lumps?

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:30 pm

A lot of things about grilling can ignite a fight, including the meaning of "barbecue." And with the proliferation of fancy equipment — from gas grills to pellet smokers to ceramic charcoal cookers — amateur cooks are growing more knowledgeable, and opinionated, about how to best cook food outdoors.

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11:52am

Fri May 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Google Reportedly Faces FTC Antitrust Probe Over Display Ads

The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.

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