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7:54 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Five Convicted In Deadly Costa Concordia Shipwreck

Crews work to remove the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck on Giglio island in May, more than a year after it capsized.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

A court in Italy has convicted five people on charges of manslaughter and negligence for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off Tuscany last year that left 32 passengers and crew dead.

The court at Grosseto, the city nearest the spot where the Costa Concordia ran aground in January 2012, accepted plea bargains for the cruise ship's helmsman, cabin service director, two bridge officers and the head of the company's crisis team.

The sentences handed down by the court:

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Shots - Health News
6:44 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

A Yemeni child receives a polio vaccine in the capital city of Sanaa. The Yemen government launched an immunization campaign last month in response to the polio outbreak in neighboring Somalia.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:02 pm

Somalia hadn't had a case of polio for nearly six years. But in the past few months, the virus has come back. Now the East African country has the worst polio outbreak anywhere in the world.

Twenty new cases of polio were reported this week in Somalia by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. That brings the total number of cases in the Horn of Africa to 73. The rest of the world combined has tallied only 59 cases so far this year.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:59 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Baseball's Great Equalizer: The Knuckleball

Pitcher R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a knuckleball against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
J. Meric Getty Images

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The Salt
4:58 am
Sat July 20, 2013

From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

In Turkey, bits of meat are wrapped in squares of pasta to make manti.
thebittenworld Flickr

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 7:22 pm

Popular lore has it that the Italian merchant Marco Polo was responsible for introducing the noodle to China. This legend appeals to Italians, but if you ask the Chinese, they may beg to differ.

In her latest book, On the Noodle Road, author Jen Lin-Liu chronicles a six-month journey along the historic Silk Road from eastern China, through central Asia, Turkey, Iran and eventually arriving in Italy, in search of the true origin of the noodle.

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The Two-Way
6:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

UPDATE: 'Grandma Drummer' Revealed

"Grandma Drummer" in action.
Coalition Drum Shop video

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:41 am

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Billionaire Steven Cohen

Steven A. Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, is interviewed in Las Vegas in 2011.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:52 pm

The SEC on Friday filed civil charges against Steven A. Cohen, the founder of hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, accusing the billionaire of failing to prevent insider trading.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in a statement Friday afternoon said:

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The Two-Way
6:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Not All The News About Detroit Is Bad

This Detroit store's neon sign sends a message.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Even as newscasts and newssites are using Detroit's bankruptcy filing to talk about Motown's "meltdown," we've found these stories:

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

President Obama during his appearance at the White House on Friday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:25 pm

(Click here for updates we added after this post was published.)

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The Two-Way
4:55 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Michigan AG Appeals Court Order Blocking Detroit Bankruptcy

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a Friday news conference in Detroit.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:57 pm

A circuit court judge has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the state's constitution and laws, and must be withdrawn; Michigan's attorney general has already appealed the decision.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made the ruling on Friday, a day after the city became the largest municipality in history to declare bankruptcy under federal Chapter 9 rules.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Monkey See
4:04 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Sliced, Diced And (Sometimes) Served Up Fresh: Three Horror Films That Prove A Point

Conjuring Scares: James Wan's latest genre entry serves up familiar horror tropes with enough style and facility to result in something shiver-inducingly fresh.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:46 pm

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The Two-Way
4:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
Fadi Arouri Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 8:45 am

Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "a basis" for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

"We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said. "This is a significant and welcome step forward."

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Look Up And Smile: NASA's Taking More Photos Of Earth

That little blue dot is how Earth will likely appear in a photo shot from a spacecraft that is studying Saturn.
NASA/JPL-Caltech simulation

As Robert Krulwich says, "it's going to be a very small picture, but we're all going to be in it — all trillions of us on Earth."

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Shots - Health News
2:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

Vaccines against the HPV virus are already used to prevent cervical and anal cancer.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:29 pm

A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers.

The research doesn't show that. It would take a much bigger and longer study to do that – if such a study could ethically be done at all.

What this study does show is that among the nearly 6,000 women in the study, those who got vaccinated against two strains of the virus had 93 percent fewer HPV throat infections four years later.

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