1:17pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

After Smoking Is Banned, Heart Attacks Drop

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 1:33 pm

When smoking is banned in bars and workplaces, the number of people who suffer heart attacks and die drops within months, according to two new studies.

They found benefits not only in saving lives, but in lowering the cost of medical care for heart attacks, stroke and other smoking-related illnesses. It's the best evidence yet demonstrating big, swift health improvements when secondhand smoke is banished.

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1:10pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Risks Rise With Hurricane Sandy's Surge

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:17 am

Waves crashed over a road in Winthrop, Mass., as Hurricane Sandy moved toward coastal areas Monday.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Hurricane Sandy may be grinding closer to the East Coast with 90 mph winds and torrential rains, but the most devastating aspect is likely to be storm surge.

Simply put, storm surge is wind-driven water that is forced against the shore, piling up in low-lying areas where it can cause dangerous flooding. A number of factors can make storm surge worse: a massive storm with high winds headed straight for a region full of shallow coastal bays and inlets.

Sandy seems to have them all, says Chris Landsea, science and operations officer at the National Hurricane Center.

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12:38pm

Mon October 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Supreme Court Soldiers On, Despite Sandy

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 3:34 pm

While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual — at least long enough to hear two cases argued.

It is hardly the first time that the high court was the macho guy in town, staying open when the rest of the government was closed. The reason appears to be tradition, albeit a modern tradition.

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12:20pm

Mon October 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama And Romney Respond To Sandy With Election (And Katrina) In Mind

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 12:48 pm

President Obama walks toward the White House on Monday after returning to Washington to monitor the government response to Hurricane Sandy.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the week before Election Day is certainly not turning out the way anyone expected, especially the presidential candidates.

President Obama and Mitt Romney found themselves ditching their schedules for the start of the week as they responded to exigencies created by the massive hurricane raking the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

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12:12pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Travel Headaches: Sandy Shuts Down Subways, Cancels Flights

Pedestrians pass a New York Police Department station beside a closed subway entrance at Times Square on Monday.
John Minchillo AP

Even before making landfall in the United States, Sandy is already causing some massive travel headaches:

-- In the air, 8,000 flights have been cancelled through Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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12:10pm

Mon October 29, 2012
U.S.

Pumps And Polls: Why Americans Wait In Lines

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 12:55 pm

People wait to purchase groceries in self-checkout lanes at Safeway in Washington, D.C.
Keith Jenkins NPR

Please line up for this multiple choice quiz:

Days before the deluge descended and the chaos commenced, Americans along the Eastern Seaboard waited patiently in single-file lines to try to influence their destiny. Were they ...

A) Waiting to buy gasoline at a station before Hurricane Sandy hit?

B) Showing up to participate in early voting for the 2012 election?

C) All of the above

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11:27am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Salt

As U.S. States Look To Add Food Labels, Denmark Looks To Subtract Some

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 4:58 pm

Just some of the food labels a Danish government group is evaluating.
forbrug.dk

Wherever you look these days, it seems labels that strive to send a message about our food are on the table. In California, there's a vote coming up on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission updated its guidelines for "green" labeling.

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11:03am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Competing With Apple, Google Announces Three New Devices

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 11:34 am

The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
Google

Small, medium and large. That's basically what Google announced today: That they will now offer touch-screen devices in three different sizes.

Like Apple — which has the iPhone, the iPad Mini and the iPad — Google now has the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

The 4 is a smartphone, the 7 is a medium-size tablet and the 10 is a large tablet.

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10:58am

Mon October 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Romney Take Breaks From Campaigning Amid Sandy

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 11:28 am

President Obama urged Americans in Sandy's path Monday to "please listen" to local officials, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, urged help for those affected by the superstorm.

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10:51am

Mon October 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Tracking Hurricane Sandy: Handy Maps And Apps

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 11:35 am

NASA Earth Observatory

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .

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