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12:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For A Price, Volunteers Endure Scientists' Flu Spritzes

How much would a scientist have to pay you to get sick with the flu?
F.T. Werner iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:01 pm

What would it take to persuade you to allow government researchers to squirt millions of live flu viruses up your nose?

A recently concluded project at the National Institutes of Health found, among other things, that $3,400 each was enough to attract plenty of volunteers.

"I am happy I could contribute in some way," says Kelli Beyer, 24, one of 46 healthy people who volunteered for the project. To get the money, the research subjects had to commit to several days of testing, then nine days in a hospital isolation ward once the virus was administered in a nasal spray.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Thu September 26, 2013

War Crimes Sentence Upheld Against Liberian Ex-President

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor waits for the start of his appeal judgment at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands, on Thursday.
Koen van Weel Associated Press

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:59 pm

A 50-year prison sentence handed to Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia convicted of war crimes, has been upheld by a judge at The Hague.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Interpol Issues Alert For 'White Widow' At Kenya's Request

Samantha Lewthwaite in a photo released Thursday by Interpol.
Interpol

Interpol, the international police organization, has issued a "red notice" for British national Samantha Lewthwaite, the "white widow" who some news accounts have linked to last weekend's deadly attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Two Bodies Found Near Costa Concordia Wreck

A Coast Guard patrols in front of the severely damaged right side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it was righted last week.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:40 pm

The remains of two people, presumed to be a missing passenger and crew member from the ill-fated Costa Concordia, have been located by divers near the site of the wrecked cruise liner that was righted last week in a dramatic salvage operation off the Italian coast.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Montana Rapist Freed After Serving 30-Day Sentence

Stacey Dean Rambold.
Montana Department of Corrections

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:03 pm

Update at 11:55 a.m. ET. Released:

The Montana Department of Corrections' website just changed the status of Stacey Dean Rambold to "sentence expired," which means the convicted rapist whose 14-year-old victim later committed suicide has now served the 30-day prison sentence that sparked national outrage.

Our original post picks up the story:

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

We Are All Part-Time Vegans Now

A salad of sunflower sprouts, grapefruit, and avocado waits to be served and eaten at a party in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images for Girl Behind The Camera

Have you enjoyed a salad of greens and fresh veggies for lunch recently? Or a dinner of pasta (made without eggs), mixed with olives and tomatoes? If so, even if you ate cheese or meat or fish on other days, you're a part-time vegan.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Thu September 26, 2013

VIDEO: After Bono Imitates Bill (Clinton), Bill Does Bono

Former President Clinton, channeling his inner Bono, on CNN's Piers Morgan Live.
CNN.com

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:03 pm

U2 rocker and international aid activist Bono got considerable praise this week for his imitation of former President Clinton. The almost always late Clinton hadn't arrived on time for a panel discussion at his own Clinton Global Initiative and Bono took advantage of the situation to have some fun.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Thu September 26, 2013

GDP, Jobless Claims Data Add To Signs Of Slow, Steady Growth

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:53 am

The two latest economic indicators both point to modest, steady-as-she-goes growth:

-- Gross domestic product grew at a moderate 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. That's exactly what the agency reported the last time it estimated growth for the April-June quarter.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Creator Of Anti-Muslim Film Being Released From Custody

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in a courtroom sketch done on Sept. 27, 2012.
Mona Shafer Edwards AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 11:08 am

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, whose Innocence of Muslims film sparked deadly protests in Muslim nations in the summer of 2012, is being released from federal custody on Thursday.

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Monkey See
8:31 am
Thu September 26, 2013

'Survivor' Politics: Blood, Water And Walking The Plank

Rupert Boneham, seen without his tie-dye, on Survivor: Blood vs. Water.
Monty Brinton CBS

[Information follows about Wednesday night's episode of Survivor.]

HA HA HA HA HA.

Wait — let's step back.

In recent seasons, Survivor has silently changed its entire approach to casting with very little comment. Where it once would send a whole group of new people to a new environment, it now seeds every season with anywhere from a sprinkling to a deluge of old contestants. Not just notorious old contestants, like your typical All-Star season, but contestants nobody cares about. Contestants who were terrible at Survivor.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Private Meetings With Iranians Give Veteran Diplomat Hope

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. on Tuesday.
Ray Stubblebine Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:03 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Diplomat Ryan Crocker on his meetings with Iranian officials

One of the United States' most experienced diplomats says he's come away from behind-the-scenes conversations with Iranian officials this week thinking "it is possible to come to accommodations" with new President Hassan Rouhani and his aides on key issues such as Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Book News: North Carolina County Reverses 'Invisible Man' Ban

Ralph Ellison testified at a Senate Subcommittee hearing in 1966 on the racial problems in big cities.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Shots - Health News
3:44 am
Thu September 26, 2013

A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Susan Mull is a substitute teacher in Lancaster County, Pa. She's lived with HIV for 21 years, the past 13 without health insurance. She says an expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania would be "life-changing."
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:26 am

In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

The federal law would allow people earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines to sign up for Medicaid. But a Supreme Court ruling that largely upheld the law gave states the choice whether to expand their Medicaid programs.

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The Two-Way
12:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

The Justice Department, along with the Department of Education, is trying to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline."
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:45 am

For a man who spent the bulk of his career as a public defender, Robert Listenbee's new role walking around the halls of the U.S. Justice Department may not be the most comfortable fit.

But Listenbee, who became administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention earlier this year, says his transition has been smooth. And besides, he says, he couldn't resist the "extraordinary opportunity."

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