1:52pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Surgery Restores Sexual Function In Women With Genital Mutilation

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 9:58 pm

French surgeon Pierre Foldes in his Paris office in 2004. Foldes performs reconstructive surgery on women who have undergone genital mutilation. He recently authored a study on the long-term effects of the surgery.
Jean Ayissi AFP/Getty Images

Female genital mutilation is still remarkably common — mainly in Africa, but also in some countries in Asia and the Middle East and in immigrant communities in Europe and the U.S.

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1:49pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Europe

French First Lady Sets Country A-Twitter

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:16 pm

French President Francois Hollande's companion, Valerie Trierweiler (left), has sparked a political uproar in France, with a tweet in support of a candidate running against Segolene Royal (right), Hollande's former partner and the mother of his four children.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Europe may be in major financial and political turmoil, but in France, it's a tweet that has the country in an uproar.

The political storm erupted Tuesday when first lady Valerie Trierweiler tweeted her support for a candidate running in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

That may sound harmless, but the candidate she encouraged is running to unseat prominent politician Segolene Royal, the former partner of President Francois Hollande and the mother of his four children.

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1:23pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

US Anti-Doping Agency Brings Formal Charges Against Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:22 pm

Lance Armstrong arrives at a training session during a rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The Washington Post, which broke the story, reports that as a result "Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons."

The Post adds:

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1:15pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Out in the Bay - 2012 Pride Run beneficiary!

Pride Run benefits Out in the Bay! June 23 in Golden Gate Park

Early-bird $5 off for Pride Run ends tonight (Wed. 6/13 11:59pm)! Sign up at SFPrideRun.org

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1:08pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Is Dropping Case Against Edwards

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 1:49 pm

The Justice Department is walking away from its case against John Edwards.

Federal prosecutors have announced they will not retry the former Democratic presidential candidate on campaign finance charges. The decision comes soon after jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Government lawyers asked Judge Catherine Eagles to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning they will not take another bite at the apple and try to resurrect their high profile case.

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1:07pm

Wed June 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Defends Efforts To Clear Noncitizens From Voter Rolls

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:48 pm

"Not one U.S. citizen has been eliminated from the voter rolls," Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells NPR's Michel Martin. "Not one."
Chris O'Meara AP

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending his effort to prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting in his state after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to stop him on Tuesday.

Scott told NPR's Michel Martin on Tell Me More Wednesday that after learning his state didn't verify the citizenship status of registered voters, he's trying to ensure that the ballots of U.S. citizens aren't diminished:

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12:48pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:30 am

Ayodhya Ouditt NPR

Scientists Wednesday unveiled the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body.

Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human.

The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.

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12:38pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

Question Bridge: How do I know she's the one?

Sometimes, even when we are sure that we want to do good in the world, it helps to get words of advice and guidance from an older and wiser friend. These types of mentorships are hard to come by – but a group of artists decided they would start the dialogue for one community through art. What was born out of that desire was the art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, a video dialogue between over 150 black men from across the country, talking about some of life's biggest topics: racism, sexuality, success, and love.

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12:26pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Daily News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) // Governor Jerry Brown is quietly moving to cut the number of retirees working for the state, but opponents of his plan say the cuts won't save significant money and will eliminate a pool of affordable and experienced workers...

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12:20pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

'That's A Clown Question, Bro' Or The Rhetorical Comeback Rounding Twitter

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:04 pm

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during a baseball game with the New York Mets on June 5 in Washington.
Alex Brandon AP

If Twitter has its way, "That's a clown question, bro" will join "Don't tase me, bro" in the annals of popular rhetorical comebacks.

"That's a clown question, bro" comes from 19-year-old baseball phenom Bryce Harper. That's what he told a Canadian journalist yesterday, following his second three-hit game in a row.

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