12:35pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Shocker: Doctors Work When They're Sick

Take a sick day, doc.
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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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11:39am

Tue June 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Famous

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That’s not Wilco you’re hearing, and it’s not Tom Waits either, although you might detect elements of both is this song by The Famous.

They’ve been perfecting their “raw country meets post punk” sound at live shows throughout the Bay Area since 2003.

You can hear The Famous  Sunday, June 24th  at 4pm in San Francisco at Thee Parkside.

11:34am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Frankel Runs Away At Ascot, Firms Up Standing As World's Top Horse

Frankel, with jockey Tom Queally aboard, as he sped away with the win today at Royal Ascot.
Alan Crowhurst Getty Images

11:20am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bumps Tiger Woods, Becoming Forbes' Top-Paid Athlete

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, punching Victor Ortiz during their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas in September.
Julie Jacobson AP

According to Forbes, the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now the world's highest-paid athlete, dethroning Tiger Woods who had held the spot since 2001.

Two bouts during the past 12 months — beating Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto in less than an hour combined — netted Mayweather $85 million. That's more than LeBron James ($53 million), more than Roger Federer ($52.7 million), more than Kobe Bryant ($52.3 million).

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11:19am

Tue June 19, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk June 24, 2012

Dan Ariely

Alan talks with Dan Ariely about his new book "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves."

10:35am

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Microsoft's 'Surface': The Early Reviews Are In

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:51 am

Microsoft's Surface.
Microsoft

Microsoft announced yesterday that it was jumping into the tablet market with "Surface." That foray has been hotly anticipated and analysts believe with sales of PCs falling, it's an important move for the company known more for its software than its hardware.

Now that the tech writers have had a chance to get their hands on the device, we've rounded up a few of their first impressions:

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10:00am

Tue June 19, 2012
Parallel Lives

Obama And Congress: Bipartisanship Talk Met Reality

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:59 pm

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech in 2011. During his first two years in office, Obama used big Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, but since the 2010 midterm elections, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
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From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. That includes struggling with their respective legislatures. Earlier, NPR's David Welna explored Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts. In this installment of "Parallel Lives," a look at Obama and Congress.

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