12:00pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 1:34 pm

Klebsiella pneumoniae, seen here with an electron microscope, are the most common superbugs causing highly drug-resistant infections in hospitals.
Kwangshin Kim Science Source

Federal officials warned Tuesday that an especially dangerous group of superbugs has become a significant health problem in hospitals throughout the United States.

These germs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become much more common in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the risk they pose to health is becoming evident.

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11:57am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Backs Right To Unlock New Cell Phones

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 12:23 pm

Following the lead of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the White House said yesterday that it believed users should be allowed to unlock their cellphones without breaking the law.

The White House made the statement in response to an online petition signed by more than 114,000 people. R. David Edelman wrote:

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11:49am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Salt

Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:27 pm

Throwback Brewery in New Hampshire is one of almost 20 New England breweries using malts from Massachusetts' micro-malt house Vally Malt.
Courtesy of Throwback Brewery

Brent Manning is a maltster on a mission. The co-founder of Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, N.C., wants people to be able to taste local grains in North Carolina's beers, just as vino aficionados can identify the provenance of fine wines.

"In the wine industry ... they will tell you that the No. 1 Syrah grape grows on this hillside over here because it's a bit rockier," Manning explains. "It's that very same connection to the soil and the underlying geology that creates these nuances in flavors."

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11:44am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea Threatens To Nullify Armistice; What Did That 1953 Pact Say?

A North Korean (right) and a South Korean soldier facing each other at the Panmunjom truce village in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 30 miles north of Seoul. (2011 file photo.)
Kim Kyung-Hoon Reuters /Landov

While diplomats move ahead at the United Nations on a package of new sanctions aimed at North Korea in another effort to convince that Stalinist state to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, there's also this news:

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11:43am

Tue March 5, 2013
Open Air ~ 3/7 at 1pm

Apocalyptic Theatre ~ Feverish Dance Music ~ The Month Ahead in Classical

Chris White & Teddy Hulsker of Mugwumpin

This week on Open Air, conversations with director Chris White and sound designer Teddy Hulsker of the Bay Area theater group, Mugwumpin, who will share some of the apocalyptic detail in their latest endeavor, The Great Big Also; a live performance of manic dance music from members of the early music group Cançonièr.  Plus, a look at the classical music month ahead with music critic Joshua Kosman.  David Latulippe hosts. 

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11:36am

Tue March 5, 2013
Governing

Old Triumph Over Young In Federal Spending, And Sequester Makes It Worse

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 2:23 pm

Federal spending on seniors already far outpaces that devoted to children. Last year, overall spending on children dropped for the first time in 30 years. The sequester, which expressly protects programs for the elderly, will exacerbate that difference.
Anne de Haas iStockphoto.com

For years, federal programs for seniors and those that help kids have been on a collision course.

Now, given the automatic spending cuts taking place under sequestration, the moment for real competition may have arrived.

While Medicare and Social Security will come through the sequester mostly unscathed, a broad swath of programs targeted toward children — Head Start, education, nutrition assistance, child welfare — stand to lose hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

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11:25am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Arrested In Booze Cruise Gone Bad Aboard Stolen Luxury Yacht

Three people are in custody Tuesday in California, accused of commandeering an 82-foot luxury sailboat in Sausalito, partying through the night, and then running the yacht aground in the pounding surf off the beach at Pacifica.

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11:18am

Tue March 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Venezuela Expels U.S. Diplomat For Attempts To 'Destabilize The Country'

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 12:14 pm

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro in February.
AFP/Getty Images

During a long, fiery speech, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro said the country had expelled American diplomat David del Monaco because of what Maduro said was his work trying to "destabilize the country."

"Mr. David del Monaco has 24 hours to pick up his bags and leave the country," Maduro said in the televised speech.

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11:14am

Tue March 5, 2013
Author Interviews

'Out Of Order' At The Court: O'Connor On Being The First Female Justice

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 1:15 pm

Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as an associate justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger on Sept. 25, 1981. Holding two family Bibles is husband John Jay O'Connor.
Michael Evans AP

Sandra Day O'Connor wasn't expecting the call from President Reagan that would change her life that day in 1981.

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10:44am

Tue March 5, 2013
Transportation

How does your commute time compare to the rest of the nation?

The average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Move around the map or enter your town or zip code to find commute times for your area. 

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