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The Salt
3:58 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Mississippi Passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.

On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes. And lawmakers in Mississippi are taking the backlash against government regulation on food marketing one step further.

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The Two-Way
6:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

WATCH: Two Dance Videos That'll Make Your Day

A boss learning some moves from his employees.
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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Claims Of A Meteorite's Ancient Aquatic Fossils Spark Debate

Images show what researchers say could be a "hystrichosphere," a fossilized dinoflagellate cyst.
Journal of Cosmology

A meteorite that lit the sky over Sri Lanka with a yellow and green flame when it fell to earth on Dec. 29, 2012, contains "fossilized biological structures," according to researchers in Britain, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Elaborating on claims they first made in January, the scientists are also seeking to answer critics who are skeptical of their findings.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter Could Face Medicated Interviews

James Holmes in a photo from the Arapahoe County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office.
AP

The judge in charge of the case against the alleged Colorado theater shooter said he would warn James Holmes that if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity he could be drugged for interviews with the state.

Denver's ABC affiliate reports:

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The Salt
5:29 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Less sleep equals less self-control when it comes to eating, a new study finds.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Tired? Surely those cookies will help. And a burger. Chips. And a cupcake. Yeah, soda, too.

People do eat more when they're short of sleep. And that impulse to snarf when sleepy can cause quick weight gain, according to a new study.

Since Americans are chronically sleep deprived, it's no wonder that our waistlines have been expanding. One-third of American workers say they're sleeping six or fewer hours a night, compared with the seven to nine hours recommended.

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The Two-Way
5:21 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

China Calls For Rules, U.S. Calls For End Of Cyberattacks

In separate events, the Chinese and American governments called for standards regarding cyberattacks.

The New York Times reports that in a speech, today, President Obama's national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, called on China to takes steps to stop the attacks.

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The Salt
4:51 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas

A customer fills a 21-ounce cup with soda at a New York City McDonald's.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:06 pm

A New York state judge has knocked down New York City's landmark new ban on big, sugary drinks, just one day before it was set to take effect.

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The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Former Sen. Larry Craig Argues His Bathroom Antics Were Part Of His Work

Former Sen. Larry Craig, a Republican from Idaho.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 6:40 am

Lawyers for former Sen. Larry Craig argued today that using campaign money for a legal defense over his 2007 arrest was proper because he was arrested while on official business.

If you recall, Craig, a Republican from Idaho, was arrested during a sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig used a bathroom there during a layover, when an undercover officer said Craig sexually solicited him by tapping his foot.

Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but after his case became public he tried to renege.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

VIDEO: Helmet-cam Records Mountain Climber's Wild Slide; He's OK

Mark Roberts' feet, in the foreground, as he slid down a mountain in Wales.
British Mountaineering Council

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 9:36 pm

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

In Noma's Norovirus Episode, Ignored Emails Get Some Blame

The facade of Noma in Copenhagen. More than 60 diners complained of nausea and diarrhea after eating at the widely acclaimed restaurant last month.
Dresling Jens AP

Days after news spread that Danish restaurant Noma, three-time winner of Restaurant magazine's "World's Best Restaurant" title, was blamed for a norovirus outbreak in which dozens of diners fell ill, the restaurant has issued a public response and sought to clarify its handling of the situation.

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The Salt
2:21 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Cool Ranch Tacos

One way to identify a healthy meal is if the name of the food is written on the food.
NPR

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 2:50 pm

When Taco Bell released the Doritos Locos Taco last year, taco watchers everywhere knew the Cool Ranch Taco couldn't be that far behind. It's a basic Taco Bell taco, but the shell has been coated in Cool Ranch Doritos dust.

Robert: Does Taco Bell still use the slogan "Run for the Border," or have all the rogue food scientists already escaped?

Ian: Man, this taste really takes me back to that place Nowhere In Mexico.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:49 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The History Of Mankind In Five Words, And Other Things Reza Knows

Poorly Drawn Lines

Here are some of the things Reza Farazmand knows. He knows how we dream.

He knows how we hurt ...

He knows how little we know.

And, in his sly way, he knows about imagination ...

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Update: Falkland Islands Voters Opt To Stay With Britain

Residents gather in Stanley, Falkland Islands on Monday, during a referendum intended to show the world that they want to stay British amid increasingly tense relations with Argentina.
Tony Chater AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 8:38 am

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET, March 12. Nearly Unanimous:

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Tibetan Customs Include Horse Races ... And Paramilitary Police?

A close look at a photo of the Nagqu horse festival in northern Tibet at the National Museum of China in Beijing reveals a gaggle of surprising "spectators" at the traditional Tibetan event: Chinese paramilitary police (see enlargement).
Louisa Lim NPR

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 1:09 pm

In the exiled Tibetan calendar, March 10 is an emotive day, the anniversary of a failed uprising in 1959.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:39 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Is Having A Child A Rational Decision?

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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 2:31 pm

Debates about whether it's rational to have children are nothing new.

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