2:30pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Federal Judge Rules Graphic Cigarette Labels Violate Constitution

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 2:36 pm

One of the cigarette labels a federal judge says goes too far.
FDA

Scary labels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would require on cigarette packages later this year were nixed today.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled the requirement that cigarette makers put the labels — some quite gruesome and all quite large — on their products would "violate the First Amendment by unconstitutionally compelling speech."

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2:07pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Asia

N. Korea To Halt Nuclear Tests; U.S. To Provide Aid

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 5:34 pm

North Korea's military fires missiles during a drill in this undated photo released Oct. 6, 2010, by the Korean Central News Agency. North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear activities and allow inspections, while the U.S. says it will provide food aid to the country.
Korean Central News Agency AP

North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and missile tests, and the U.S. says it will provide food aid. The agreement should set the stage for a new round of nuclear disarmament talks. But analysts caution this is a small first step.

U.S. State Department officials returned from three days of talks in Beijing with a deal meant to improve the atmosphere for a resumption of so-called six-party nuclear disarmament talks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined the deal in Congress on Wednesday.

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2:03pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The practice of fracking on oil wells near Taft, California has been approved by the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Fracking – the practice of injecting steam underground at high pressure to break up porous soil to release oil – had been banned within 150 feet of any wells known to be seeping oil...

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2:01pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Salt

Hey Locavores, Are You Creating Jobs?

The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011.
USDA

When we think of the farmers we know, we can count a lot of locally-produced food we've reported on, from unusual greens to pawpaws.

And when the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, what do they count? Jobs.

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2:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Amazingly Close Up View Of A Woodpecker

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 2:04 pm

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1:38pm

Wed February 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Bob Kerrey (The Man, Not The Bridge) To Run For Senate

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 2:59 pm

Bob Kerrey in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
Nati Harnik AP

(Updated at 5:57 pm ET)

A day after Senate Democrats' chances of keeping control of the chamber seemed to improve with the news that Maine Republican Olympia Snowe was retiring from a seat Democrats seem likely to gain, they got apparently more good news — Bob Kerrey finally decided to run for the soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat from Nebraska.

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1:37pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Opinion

My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 5:11 pm

Monkees singer Davy Jones, seen here in 1968, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66.
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1:23pm

Wed February 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

San Franciscans rally to save historic bar

Friends of the Gold Dust Lounge have filed a petition to give the bar landmark status

All great cities have them: famous watering holes popular with tourists and locals alike. They serve as sources of liquid inspiration for artists, writers and musicians – and as meeting places for politicians and businesspeople looking to put the finishing touches on a big deal over an afternoon libation.

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1:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

On The Syrian Border, Getting Too Close Could Get You Shot

Our car pulled over along a deserted traffic circle in a small Jordanian village. An old man freshly covered in thick, wet sleet climbed into the back seat, his cold breath reeking of cigarettes.

"This is Khaled," my Syrian contact said. "He will show us to the border."

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12:08pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Australian Senate Urges Country To Apologize Over Forced Adoptions

A Senate committee in Australia is asking the country to apologize for its past policy of forced adoptions.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, thousands of unwed mothers were coerced into giving up their children. The committee talked to hundreds of mothers since its inquiy started in 2010.

The AP reports that about 100 mothers who gave up babies sat in the Senate public gallery as the committee presented its report today.

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