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The Salt
5:44 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Small Plates To Join Olive Garden's Never-Ending Bowls

Olive Garden's chicken scampi dish is on the regular carb-heavy menu.
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Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 9:39 am

Should you want to super-size your meal (and boost your social status in the process), plenty of American restaurant chains would be more than happy to have you dine with them. Olive Garden, for one, is currently in the middle of a "Never Ending Pasta Bowl" promotion. According to the chain's Twitter feed, it has served more than 5.3 million bowls of "unlimited" pasta with soup and salad for $9.99 since Aug. 5.

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Documents: NSA Phone Records Program Violated Court Rules

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:18 pm

The Director of National Intelligence declassified some 1,800 pages of documents today, that show that a U.S. spy program that collected the phone records of Americans ran afoul privacy rules for years.

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The Two-Way
4:54 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

In Argentina, A Winter Heat Wave Brings Record Highs

Temperatures have reached record highs in Buenos Aires this week. Here, the city's market of Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo is seen on Sunday.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:31 pm

It's still officially wintertime in Buenos Aires, but the city is in a record heat wave. Tuesday's high was 34.4 degrees Celsius (94 degrees Fahrenheit), the hottest temperature recorded in September since 1940, La Nacion reports.

"The unusually high temperatures are expected until tomorrow and may reach the maximum of 40 degrees," the Buenos Aires Herald reports.

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Beijing To Crack Down On Social Media 'Slanderous Rumors'

An Internet cafe in Beijing photographed last year.
Greg Baker dapd

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:15 pm

China will jail anyone caught using social media to spread "slanderous rumors" or "false information" for up to 10 years, according to a new legal interpretation of Internet restrictions, the official Xinhua news agency reports.

A court's interpretation says the spread of such rumors could automatically incur a three-year prison term, but if the post is read by 5,000 or more people and/or shared more than 500 times, the penalty could jump to 10 years in jail.

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Shots - Health News
4:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Health Insurance Ads Range From Weighty To Whimsical

Covered California

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:05 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids

Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1990. Opioid painkillers like OxyContin are the cause of three-quarters of those deaths.
Toby Talbot Associated Press

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:24 pm

The Food and Drug Administration today took another step toward restricting use of OxyContin and other powerful and often-abused prescription pain medications.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Life Gives Sight To A Chaotic Universe

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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:10 pm

This is the latest installment of Adam Frank's series "How to See The Universe In A Grain of Sand: Working To See The Extraordinary In The Ordinary."


Everyone will tell you that time marches on. But no will ever tell you why. Well, on that point, I have good news and bad news.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about pricing for the new iPhone during an Apple product announcement on Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:40 pm

Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.

CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

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Shots - Health News
2:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

I told him he would break his arm if he did that. But he did it anyway.
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Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:36 pm

Parents are forever warning children and teenagers that bad things will happen if they take big risks. But the kids never seem to listen. That may be because their brains just aren't properly processing the odds that they'll break an arm or be in a car crash.

To find this out, researchers at University College London asked 59 young people, ages 9 to 26, to guess the odds that particular bad things would happen to them. The list of 40 unfortunate events ranged from being seriously injured in a car crash to getting lice.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Used-Car Impresario Cal Worthington Dies At Age 92

Cal Worthington, who was a bomber pilot during World War II, flew his own private plane later in life.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:21 pm

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The Salt
1:39 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Photos: Enter A World Of Cupcake Sledding And Broccoli Lawns

Broccoli Mower: "Douglas stubbornly refused to accept his wife's opinion that he had let the lawn go too long without attention."
Christopher Boffoli Courtesy Workman Publishing

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 12:28 pm

Lots of us play with our food. But for photographer Christopher Boffoli, it's become a full-time career.

Boffoli rose to fame a couple of years ago. You may have seen some of his photographs — amusing dioramas featuring miniature plastic figurines in dramatic settings crafted from food — when they went viral back in 2011. More than 200 such images — at least half of which, Boffoli says, have not been previously published — are collected in a new book, Big Appetites.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. Defends Warrantless Searches Of Electronic Devices At Border

David House, who had his electronic devices seized when entering the country, successfully pushed to get the government to release information about its warrantless searches.
Elise Amendola AP

This much-talked about story Tuesday from The New York Times ...

"Newly released documents reveal how the government uses border crossings to seize and examine travelers' electronic devices instead of obtaining a search warrant to gain access to the data."

... now includes this response from the Customs and Border Protection agency:

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New International Olympic Committee President Is Thomas Bach Of Germany

Thomas Bach (right) has been chosen to succeed International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (left). The pair are seen here at the IOC sessions in Argentina over the weekend.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:04 pm

The International Olympic Committee has elected a new president, naming Germany's Thomas Bach to replace outgoing chief Jacques Rogge, who served in the post for 12 years. Bach was chosen by secret ballot on the last day of meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An Olympic fencer whose successes include a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games, Bach later became an executive at Adidas. He was widely seen as the favorite in the race to lead the IOC.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Tue September 10, 2013

New Survey Gives U.S., U.K. Universities Top Rankings

Harvard Square, a large triangular area located in the heart of Cambridge and adjacent to Harvard University and near MIT University — two of the world's top-ranked institutions of higher learning.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:12 pm

A new ranking of the world's 800 best universities has U.S. institutions dominating the Top 10, with MIT and Harvard ranking first and second, respectively.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Warding Off Polar Bears? There's An App For That

A tranquilized subadult polar bear is in a net in 2007 in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the "polar bear capital of the world."
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:01 pm

Just in time for the release of the new iPhone, a man in Canada has found yet another new use for the cellphone — thwarting a polar bear attack.

Garett Kolsun says he used his cellphone to scare off a 400-pound polar bear on the attack, using the light from the handset to startle the animal long enough to allow his escape.

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