4:30pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The dirt on compostable plastics

The Sonoma Compost Company is just off Highway 101, northwest of Petaluma. All day, trucks haul in plant materials; others haul out soil. Sift through that soil, and you might find remnants of chicken feathers (apparently great for vegetable growers), rice hulls (nice for clay soils), and more.

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4:19pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

27 Up, 27 Down: Mariners' Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:15 pm

Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

This is the face of perfection:

The Seattle Mariner's Felix Hernandez is now a part of baseball lore, joining 22 others when he threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, this afternoon.

That means Hernandez retired 27 batters in a row, throwing 113 pitches, 77 of them strikes. No one got on base.

What's incredible is that this is the third perfect game this season. USA Today reports:

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3:53pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Arizona Gov. Issues Executive Order Limiting New Immigration Policy

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 5:23 am

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer is throwing more punches in her contentious relationship with the federal government.

Today, she issued an executive order that says young people granted a deportation deferral under President Obama's new policy will still be considered undocumented and won't be granted public benefits.

Obama's new policy went into effect today.

NPR's Ted Robbins sent this report to our Newscast unit:

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2:41pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Could Ryan Lure Younger Voters To GOP?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:08 am

Rep. Paul Ryan greets supporters during a campaign rally Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the newly chosen vice presidential running mate for Republican Mitt Romney, was in Ohio on Wednesday to speak at his alma mater.

Ryan graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1992 with degrees in economics and political science. And his ascension to the GOP ticket thrills Rob Harrelson, a member of the school's College Republicans (as was Ryan, two decades earlier).

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2:41pm

Wed August 15, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:11 pm

Ketchum Marsh, a senior from Massachusetts, walks back to the dugout during an intrasquad game at IMG Baseball Academy, where he trains and goes to school.
Chip Litherland for NPR

If you have ever dreamed of playing big-league baseball, chances are the dream started to fade sometime in high school.

It gradually becomes clear: You won't be starting in Game 7 of the World Series, and tipping your cap after hitting a walk-off homer. So at some point you go from player to fan — watching others chase greatness on the diamond.

But not every baseball dreamer is willing to give up so early. And in Bradenton, Fla., there's a place that lies somewhere between the Little League field and Yankee Stadium.

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2:40pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Says U.K. Threatened To Storm Embassy, If Assange Isn't Turned Over

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:55 pm

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The diplomatic battle in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken a dramatic turn today: In an angry press conference streamed live on the Internet, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said Britain threatened to storm their embassy in London if Assange was not handed over to police.

"Ecuador is not a British colony," Patiño said. "The days of colonialism are over."

He added that "such a threat is improper of a democratic and civilized country."

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1:46pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Judge Refuses To Block Pa. Voter ID Law; Appeal Headed To State Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:04 pm

Demonstrators hold signs at an NAACP-organized rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to protest the state's new voter identification law on July 24 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Marc Levy AP

A judge's decision Wednesday to uphold the new Pennsylvania voter identification law shifted attention to the state's highest court, which could now determine if the requirement will be imposed on Election Day.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs had asked the judge to stop the law from taking effect as part of a constitutional challenge. Their complaint claims the law would make it disproportionately harder for seniors, minorities and others to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

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1:38pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Safety Flag Raised For Codeine In Kids

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 1:45 pm

When it comes to pain relief for kids, there may be better options than codeine.
iStockphoto.com

The Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors to be careful with codeine to relieve children's pain.

The agency noted reports of three kids who died and one who almost did after taking codeine following surgery. The kids had their tonsils or adenoids removed to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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1:34pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Participation Nation

Giving Folks A Chance In Medford, Ore.

A young girl hangs out at the Maslow Project.
Courtesy of David Gibb Photography
  • The mission of the Maslow Project in Medford: To increase the coping skills of, and self-sufficiency in, young people who are homeless — to give them a decent chance in the adult world.
  • Founder and Executive Director Mary Ferrell was born and raised in Medford.
  • Lacey Renae is the group's counselor and art therapist. Most art supplies are donated by the local community.
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1:33pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 2:02 pm

President Obama walks with members of the Heil family as he arrives to deliver remarks on wind power at the Heil Family Farm in Haverhill, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Iowans are famously nice — so nice, it seems, they'll let you hold a campaign event on their property even if they won't vote for you.

Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner's adult son issued a statement not exactly in line with the Obama campaign's talking points.

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