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1:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Guideline Is No Guarantee Insurers Will Pay For Pill To Prevent HIV

Dr. Lisa Sterman held a Truvada pill at her office in San Francisco in 2012. She prescribed Truvada to patients at high risk for HIV infection even before the Food and Drug Administration approved the medicine explicitly for that purpose.
Jeff Chiu AP

Now that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a daily pill for people at substantial risk of becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS, how likely is it that someone's health insurance will pay for it?

First off, the CDC recommendation isn't binding. Insurers aren't required to cover the drug for prevention at this time.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

A map from NASA predicts the peak viewing areas and times for the Camelopardalids meteor shower Friday night and early Saturday.
Danielle Moser NASA

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:22 pm

An all-new meteor shower makes its debut tonight, and astronomers say it could put on a show starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday and peaking early Saturday. Called the Camelopardalids, the shower is named after the giraffe constellation. It's expected to be visible in nearly all of the U.S., if skies are clear.

"No one has seen it before," NASA says, "but the shower could put on a show that would rival the prolific Perseid meteor shower in August."

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The Salt
1:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

A feast for the eyes and the mouth. Tuna swim long distances, but their muscles are still soft and tender.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 9:59 am

Raw fish is sizzling hot right now.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Reports: Clippers Owner Sterling Agrees To Sell Team

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has reportedly agreed to sell the team, allowing his wife, Shelly, to broker a deal. They're seen here at a 2012 game.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:19 pm

Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner who has been banned for life by the NBA for making racist remarks, has agreed to sell the team, according to reports. Both ESPN and TMZ say that Sterling will allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate the deal.

Sterling "has signed the Los Angeles Clippers over to his wife," ABC News says, citing a source "close to the team."

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Monkey See
11:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

A Painful But Critical Reminder From 'The Normal Heart'

Mark Ruffalo in HBO's filmed version of The Normal Heart.
Jojo Whilden HBO

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:09 pm

Every so often, storytellers land on the same idea close enough to the same time that it rattles the zeitgeist like an earthquake.

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Shots - Health News
10:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking

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Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:58 am

Mental disorders can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, as much as or even more than smoking over 20 cigarettes a day, a study finds.

We know that smoking boosts the risk of cancer and heart disease, says Dr. Seena Fazel, a psychiatrist at Oxford University who led the study. But aside from the obvious fact that people with mental illnesses are more likely to commit suicide, it's not clear how mental disorders could be causing early deaths.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:42 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Sound Conclusions Can't Emerge From A Conceptual Void

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Should you kill one person in order to save five?

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Monkey See
9:48 am
Fri May 23, 2014

God, The Devil And 'Hannibal'

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in NBC's surprising Hannibal.
Brooke Palmer NBC

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:06 pm

Hannibal Lecter is a known quantity. He is the thinking man's boogeyman, made larger than life first in Thomas Harris' novels, then in a variety of films. The character was, is, iconic. So when NBC announced it was developing a series revolving around the character in 2011, conventional wisdom declared it a terrible idea. After all we knew about Hannibal Lecter, how would it be possible to revisit the character and his world in a new and interesting way?

The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, was through upsetting expectations.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

VIDEO: Baby Falls From Ledge, Is Caught By Man In Street

Men watch as a baby teeters on a ledge in China earlier this week. The infant fell — and was safely caught, making his rescuers into heroes in Chinese social media.
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Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:24 pm

All he had were his bare hands and one chance. But a man successfully caught an infant who fell from a second-floor apartment's window in southern China this week, making him a hero in Chinese social media after the feat was caught on a surveillance camera video.

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The Two-Way
8:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Canada Loses Fight Against EU Ban On Seal Products

The World Trade Organization has maintained the EU's ban on products from Canada's seal hunt. Earlier this year, activists from PETA simulated slaughtering a seal in a protest at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:41 am

The World Trade Organization has rejected Canada's appeal of a ban that keeps pelts and other products from the country's seal hunt from being imported into the European Union. The ban was instituted on moral grounds, the EU says.

From Toronto, Dan Karpenchuk reports for our Newscast unit:

"The WTO decision upheld a previous ruling that the European Union ban is necessary to protect public morals regarding animal welfare, meaning that concerns about animal welfare can override commercial interests.

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Monkey See
8:31 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Godzilla' And Things That Got Better

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Mortar Attack Hits Election Rally In Syria, Killing 21

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 1:16 pm

A campaign rally for Syria's President Bashar Assad was hit by mortar fire Thursday evening, as rebels struck the event in the southern city of Daraa. At least 21 people died in the attack, which comes weeks before Syria's presidential election.

From Beirut, Alison Meuse reports for our Newscast unit:

"Mortar fire slammed into a pro-Assad electoral tent. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 people were killed in the attack. The dead included a child and six loyalist militiamen.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Phone Home? NASA wants us to be ready to understand messages from potentially "a species that is radically Other."
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:43 pm

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

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Thai Military Detains Ousted Prime Minister, Bans Negative Press

Thai soldiers patrol on a scooter Friday near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Thailand's ruling military summoned leaders of the ousted government to meetings today. Restrictions on TV broadcasts have led Thai citizens to ask for more variety.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:21 pm

One day after staging a coup, Thailand's military summoned leaders of the ousted government and other political figures to a meeting Friday. More than 150 people were ordered to convene at the Royal Thai Army auditorium — or risk arrest and possible charges.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: Ousted PM Yingluck Detained

Thailand's army has detained deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after holding meetings with her and other politicians. She has reportedly been taken to an army base, along with members of her family who were also in the government.

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