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3:55 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

VIDEO: Maine Newscasters Quit On Live TV

A screen shot of the Bangor, Maine newscast.
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:13 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

World AIDS Epidemic Slows, But Fight Stalls In Parts Of Asia

Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day in Nanjing, China, in 2006. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in China has nearly quadrupled to 40,000.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 3:10 pm

New HIV infections have dropped more than 50 percent across 25 developing countries since 2001, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS reported on Tuesday. And, transmission of the virus from mothers to infants has decreased by 24 percent in just the past two years.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Reports: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Will Announce Resignation

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) in 2009.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 3:09 pm

Update at 3:02 p.m. ET. Jackson Resigns:

After much controversy over an extended medical leave and facing an ethics investigation, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat from Chicago, resigned from Congress today.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Jackson said he resigning effective immediately so he can "focus on restoring my health."

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday?

Snippet of a letter F.B. Haviland sent to President Hoover in 1929 asking him to move Thanksgiving to Friday.
National Archives

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 5:30 pm

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.

Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.

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Shots - Health News
1:01 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

Time for oral contraceptives to be available without a prescription?
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The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.

Why? "There's a 50 percent unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S., which is extremely high for a resource-rich country," says Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Easier access to oral contraceptives could go a long way to bringing that number down, he tells Shots.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

As Talk Of Affirmative Action Heats Up, Asians Contemplate Their Position

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 12:35 pm

It's been an eventful couple of months for those following the debate over affirmative action.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Reports: Sikh Temple Shooter Acted Alone, Had No Drugs In System

Photos of victims are seen during a candlelight vigil in Union Square for victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting on August.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 10:19 am

The FBI has concluded its investigation into the shooting spree at a Sikh temple that left six dead.

After interviewing 300 people and following 200 leads, the FBI concluded that Wade Michael Page acted alone when he opened fire at the Oak Creek, Wis. temple in August.

What's more, reports The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because Page killed himself, we may never know his motive. The FBI said that there was no evidence that Page acted because of his connections to white supremacist groups.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:27 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Double Thanks

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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:58 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:26 am
Wed November 21, 2012

When Is A Theory Wrong?

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The Universe of Particles exhibition at CERN in 2011.
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"Simple," you may say. "All you have to do is test the theory against experimental data and, if predictions don't work, toss the theory in the garbage can." In practice, however, things are way more complicated.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Does Frodo Know? There's Rumbling Near 'Mount Doom'

A massive plume of ash billows up into the sky as Mount Tongariro erupts at Tongariro National Park earlier today in New Zealand.
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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho Shot; 'Prognosis Is Not Good'

March 1, 1997: Hector "Macho" Camacho watches as "Sugar" Ray Leonard falls to the canvas during action in the fifth round of their fight.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

"Former world boxing champion Hector 'Macho"' Camacho went into cardiac arrest Wednesday morning but was stabilized by doctors after being shot in the face Tuesday outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico," ESPN reports.

It adds that:

"The situation with 'Macho' is very delicate," Centro Medico director Dr. Ernesto Torres told reporters during a 7 a.m. media briefing on Wednesday. "The prognosis is not good."

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Crazy, But True: One Guy Scores 138 Points, Breaking NCAA Hoops Record

Going for the record: Grinnell College's Jack Taylor during Tuesday night's game, in which he scored 138 points.
Cory Hall/Grinnell College AP

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:20 am

We are not making this up:

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Jobless Claims Drop; But Superstorm Sandy's Effects Still Being Felt

The scene at a career fair last month in New York City.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

There were 410,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 41,000 from the level of the week before — when the number of applications soared because of the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy.

The Employment and Training Administration just released the latest figure. At 410,000, claims were still running at a pace above the pre-Sandy range of 350,000 to 400,000 a week.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Wed November 21, 2012

In Congo, Rebels Take Key City

A M23 rebel in the streets of Goma.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 9:29 am

After some of the worst fighting in recent years in a country where war is all-too common, rebel forces have taken control of the "strategic eastern city of Goma" in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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