1:40pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Senators Ask Supreme Court To Televise Health Care Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC on June 18.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Two members of the Senate's Judiciary Committee are asking the Supreme Court to provide live coverage of its proceedings when it hands down its decision on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law.

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1:35pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Technology

Failure: The F-Word Silicon Valley Loves And Hates

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:18 pm

Tech entrepreneurs gather at the offices of Y Combinator, a company based in Mountain View, Calif., that provides seed money to young startups. Founder Paul Graham predicts half of the startups funded by Y Combinator will ultimately fail.
Melissa Block NPR

In Silicon Valley, there's an "F word" that entrepreneurs say in polite company all the time: failure.

For every high-tech business success, there are countless failures in this California cradle of Internet startups. Here failure is accepted, or even welcomed, as a guide for future success.

In fact, failure is dissected in San Francisco at FailCon, an annual one-day conference where tech entrepreneurs and investors spill their guts and share lessons learned.

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1:25pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Nine million expected to be in the Bay Area in 2040—where will they live?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Here in the Bay Area, “growth” has a very literal meaning. We have a growing population and – especially in San Francisco – limited space. This fact spurs questions about the type of growth we will see and whether there will be a suburban sprawl. Others wonder about the increase of condos, strip malls and big box stores.

Many development experts argue that not all growth is good for a given place. Instead of just “growth,” they say we should be aiming for “smart growth.”

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1:02pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis news roundup: June 19, 2012

 

(Medical Marijuana Business Daily) // Patients will need greenbacks to purchase their green bud at cannabis dispensaries throughout the US starting next month – unless they have a Discover card. Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS), the main national credit card clearinghouse working with dispensaries, notified them by email that  the company will stop processing Visa and Mastercard transactions as of July 1…

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1:01pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Mubarak Suffers Stroke, Says Egyptian State TV

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:30 am

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt during his sentencing in June.
AP

Quoting a "security official," the AP reports that Hosni Mubarak's heart stopped just as he reached a military hospital. Mubarak is now on life support.

The former Egyptian president, who ruled for 30 years, was being transfered to the military hospital from prison after suffering a stroke.

Reporting from Cairo, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson tells our Newscast unit that Mubarak's health has declined since he was sentenced in June.

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12:37pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Salt

Why You Shouldn't Panic About Pesticide In Produce

Apples made the top of the list for produce containing pesticide residue, but how much is unsafe?
iStockphoto.com

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit health advocacy organization, says you should be concerned about pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, but not so concerned that you stop eating these foods.

That's the mixed message delivered in the eighth edition of EWG's annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce released today.

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12:35pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Shocker: Doctors Work When They're Sick

Take a sick day, doc.
iStockphoto.com

How do doctors work around so many ill people without getting sick? Well, they don't.

Even if they scrub their hands like crazy, which certainly helps, they succumb to germs every once in a while, just like the rest of us. And also like lots of the rest of us, they'll go to work sick, a survey of medical residents finds.

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12:33pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Says WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Has Asked President For Asylum

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:27 pm

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Ecuador's foreign minister says the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has requested political asylum.

Ricardo Patiño Aroca said on his twitter account that Assange had submitted his request at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

"The Ecuadorian government is analyzing his request," said Patiño.

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12:32pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Middle East

Syria Creates Hand-Wringing, But No Intervention

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 12:50 pm

A Syrian rebel fires his weapon during clashes with Syrian troops near Idlib, in northern Syria, on June 15. The conflict has gone on for well over a year, but the international community has shown no appetite for a military intervention.
Anonymous AP

The fighting in Syria has been escalating. The U.N. peace effort is in shambles. And there's no appetite right now for outside military intervention.

The Syrian crisis is prompting renewed calls for international action, and there have been plenty of dire warnings and lots of hand-wringing. But after a decade of fighting in the broader region, the United States and its Western allies have shown no interest in getting involved in another military adventure in a Muslim country.

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11:57am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Moon Shot From JPMorgan's Dimon Is Day's Money Quote

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during testimony today before the House Financial Services Committee.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • Rep. Sean Duffy and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

The top news from Capitol Hill testimony today by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is that he says "the bank did its best to fully inform investors about its risk strategy several weeks before it suffered a $2 billion-plus trading loss," The Associated Press reports.

But the quote from him that seems to be getting the most attention came in response to a question from Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who wanted to know if the bank could ever lose "a half a trillion dollars or a trillion dollars?"

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