2:27pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Cannabis News Roundup: February 22, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

(420 Magazine) // “Bridging the Gap Between Public & Policy” is the theme of this weekend’s four-day conference in Washington, DC, organized by advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. Today’s events focused on scientific research, featuring a talk by physicist John Schwarz, often called “the father of Superstring Theory.”

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2:13pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

Brooklyn songwriter Katie Mullins has a fan in WNYC's John Schaefer.
Courtesy of the artist

Every so often, we ask a panel of public radio's music experts to share their favorite new songs.

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2:12pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Penn State Officials Take Booze Out Of 'State Patty's Day' Mix

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:47 pm

St. Patrick's Day is more than three weeks away, but this weekend near Pennsylvania State University in State College, a similar celebration — called "State Patty's Day" — is happening.

While it has some of the trappings of the Irish holiday, for most it's just an excuse to get drunk and party.

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2:03pm

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Pentagon Grounds Fleet Of F-35 Fighter Jets Because Of Engine Problems

In this image released by the U.S. Navy the U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.
U.S. Navy Getty Images

The Pentagon has halted the testing of its entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. At an estimated cost of $400 billion, it is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program.

Defense News reports:

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1:26pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Contagion On The Couch: CDC App Poses Fun Disease Puzzles

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:04 am

As you solve outbreaks, you earn points and work your way to becoming an assistant disease detective.
Screenshot from Solve The Outbreak/Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

Disease detectives are kind of the rock stars of public health.

They travel around the world, on a moment's notice, to track down an Ebola outbreak in Uganda or stop a cholera epidemic in Haiti. And Kate Winslet and Lawrence Fishburne played them in the movie Contagion, for crying out loud.

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12:35pm

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong finishes the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aspen Mountain on August 25, 2012.
Riccardo S. Savi Getty Images

The Justice Department has joined a civil lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong, his Tailwind Sports team and its longtime manager, alleging their pervasive doping campaign defrauded the U.S. Postal Service out of more than $31 million in sponsorship fees.

The decision ratchets up the legal pressure on Armstrong, who's lost his seven Tour de France titles, enormous advertising and sponsorship deals, and a large part of his reputation.

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12:18pm

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

In Document Left Behind By Al-Qaida, 22 Tips To Avoid Drones Strikes

In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 photo, a young vendor waits for clients alongside woven reed mats of the type purchased by fleeing Islamists, apparently to camouflage their vehicles, in Timbuktu, Mali.
Rukmini Callimachi AP

As al-Qaida extremists streamed out of Timbuktu, they left behind a curious document and the Associated Press got its hands on it.

It's written by Abdallah bin Muhammad, a senior commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni arm of the group, and it includes 22 bulleted tips on how to evade drone strikes.

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11:40am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Aquarium Dumping Linked To Giant Tahoe Goldfish

You're going to need a bigger fishbowl.

Scientists searching for invasive species in Lake Tahoe scooped up a bright orange goldfish measuring nearly a foot and a half long and weighing more than 4 pounds, according to the website Live Science. (You can see it here.)

Environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra says a survey has uncovered a "nice corner" of the lake where about 15 other giant goldfish were living, apparently after being dumped there by aquarium owners.

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11:14am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Raids The Scooter Store; Will TSA Crack Down On 'Wheelchair Miracles'?

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:47 pm

Scooter Store ads are ubiquitous.
PR Newswire

Somehow, the image of a slow-speed chase comes to mind:

Federal agents have "wrapped up their search of The Scooter Store's offices in New Braunfels," the San Antonio Express-News reports.

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10:42am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Salt

Despite Lingering Drought, USDA Predicts A Flood Of Grain

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:51 am

Economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gazing into their crystal ball, see American farmers planting and harvesting huge amounts of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year. They're predicting a record harvest of corn: 14 billion bushels, up nearly 40 percent over last year's drought-crippled level.

With supply up, prices will fall. The USDA thinks that the price of the average bushel of corn could fall by a third. And soybean production and price are expected to follow a similar track.

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