1:27pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vaginal Ring Protects Monkeys From HIV-Like Infection

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:10 am

A small, plastic vaginal ring loaded up with an HIV drug protects monkeys from infection with simian immunodeficiency virus.
Julie Sitney Courtesy of the Population Council

When it comes to contraception, women have many options. There are pills, patches, diaphragms and even a vaginal ring that slowly releases birth control hormones.

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1:17pm

Wed September 5, 2012
The Two-Way

SEAL Foundation Says It Won't Accept Money From Bin Laden Raid Book

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 3:44 am

Many reports have stated that Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote the book No Easy Day, plans to give a large share of his profits to the Navy SEAL Foundation, a group that aids Naval Special Warfare personnel and their families. But the foundation says it won't accept any money from the book, which has sparked questions over whether it contains classified details that could put U.S. military personnel at risk.

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12:41pm

Wed September 5, 2012

12:40pm

Wed September 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Shuttle Endeavour's Trip To L.A. May Cause 400 Trees To Be Cut Down

A stump remains in the median of Manchester Boulevard as workers remove trees to clear a path for the space shuttle Endeavour in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday. Residents are upset that 400 trees might be cut down to allow the shuttle to travel from the airport to its new home at a science center.
Reed Saxon AP

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final trip next month, to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But while most South L.A. residents are excited to have a piece of history nearby, many are also upset that the shuttle's 12-mile transit is forcing the city to cut down about 400 trees.

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12:39pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Economy

Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 2:39 pm

David Leonhardt, the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize last year for his columns about the economy.
Earl Wilson The New York Times

On Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a campaign rally audience in North Carolina that "the president can say a lot of things, but he can't tell you you are better off." Later that day in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden responded "America is better off today than they left us."

New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt argues that both Ryan and Biden are right: It's partly semantics.

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12:37pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Book Reviews

Was Zadie Smith's Novel 'NW' Worth The Wait?

British author Zadie Smith in 2005.
Sergio Dionisio AP

Zadie Smith wrote her last novel On Beauty seven years ago — a long time in the anxious world of publishing. Her new novel NW was released in the U.S. on Monday. Critic Maureen Corrigan asks: Was it worth the wait?

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12:12pm

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Democrats' Most Interesting Man: Bill Clinton In A Word Or Five

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:13 pm

New Mexico delegates Priscilla Chavez (left) and Carla Arellanes.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Ever see one of those Dos Equis beer ads featuring the "Most Interesting Man in the World," the dapper fellow of a certain age who fascinates all who meet him?

The Democrats' version of that guy will be the featured speaker Wednesday at their convention in Charlotte.

Yes, we are talking about former two-term President Bill Clinton, whose life of accomplishment, scandal, statesmanship and occasional political pettiness (just ask the man he'll be vouching for tonight) are the stuff of legend and lore.

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12:06pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Stairwell Sisters

The Stairwell Sisters play rollicking old style music. The two founding members used to practice their harmonies in the stairwell of their workplace in San Francisco. That was twelve years later. Now, The Stairwell Sisters band bring their mix of traditional songs and new compositions to audiences throughout the Bay Area.

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11:31am

Wed September 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Asia's Richest Woman Slammed After Musing About Workers Paid $2 A Day

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:12 pm

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart.
Tony Ashby AFP/Getty Images

11:19am

Wed September 5, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

The Difficulty of Living Alone in India

More people are living solo around the world these days. You can call it a splintering of society. Or you can say it’s because we have better Internet connections. Sweden has the most number of singletions. But the countries where single person households are growing the fastest are Brazil, China and India.

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