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The Salt
12:33 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Marine Stewardship Council Responds To NPR Series On Sustainable Seafood

Swordfish from Canada feature a label from the Marine Stewardship Council at a Whole Foods in Washington, D.C.
Margot Williams NPR

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:32 pm

Earlier this week, NPR aired a three-part investigation of the Marine Stewardship Council on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams reported, the MSC certifies seafood that is supposed to be good for the environment. But some environmental groups argue that the label is misleading, and that as more retailers promise to sell only sustainable-labeled seafood, the program is certifying fisheries that don't deserve it.

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The Salt
11:21 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko
Haraz Ghanbari AP

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:32 pm

Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

The changes are part of a final settlement announced Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for hospitalizations and deaths among young people.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Mali's Militants - Did They Really Just Vanish?

Soldiers secure the port in Gao, Mali on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Jerome Delay AP

An enormous cache of explosive material turned up this week in Gao, one of the northern Malian cities retaken by French and Malian troops. There are varying reports on its complexity and size, but the Associated Press reports the French military pulled about 1,700 pounds of explosive material out of a single building.

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Shots - Health News
10:36 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

Firstborns have it good in many ways. But health may not be on the list.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:35 am

Firstborn children end up a little taller, smarter and richer than their younger siblings, on average.

But are the eldest kids more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease when they grow up, too?

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Monkey See
10:23 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Entirely Real Photos: Wax George Clooney As Indifferent To You As Real George Clooney

Madame Tussauds placed the new George Clooney waxwork out in the street Wednesday to be admired.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:08 pm

It might not be surprising that a recent poll revealed that George Clooney was the winner in a U.K. poll asking people who would make the best Valentine's Day date.

But things take a turn when you learn that the organization asking the question was Madame Tussauds. Yep — the "choose your dream date" question came straight from the wax museum people. The winner was George Clooney, so they stuck him out in the street, sitting on a sofa, so people could snuggle up to him.

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Wed February 13, 2013

The State Of The Union In 10 Headlines

President Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Behind him: Vice President Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Pete Marovich EPA /LANDOV

Since what's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered about such speeches, let's look at Wednesday's headlines:

-- NPR's It's All Politics: "Obama To Congress: With Or Without You."

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

A protest against drone strikes outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington last week.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:22 pm

In an apparent reference to U.S. drone strikes, President Obama in his State of the Union speech defended the administration's continued use of "direct action" against terrorists and promised to work with Congress to ensure such targeting is lawful and transparent.

The president said that "where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans."

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz

He needed to hydrate: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during his address Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:29 pm

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Monkey See
9:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

A New Vision Of Harry Potter Premieres With A Fresh Take On 'Sorcerer's Stone'

Scholastic

This fall, to mark the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter's arrival in the U.S., trade paperback versions of the Harry Potter series are getting new covers.

The art comes from Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novels and the comics anthology Flight. Scholastic rolled out the first cover today, for the first book, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.

But don't fret — the original art from Mary GrandPre will still be on the hardcovers.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Top Story: Calif. Manhunt May Be Over

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:58 am

Good morning, here are our top stories:

Single Gunshot Reportedly Ends Dramatic California Manhunt.

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz.

And here are more early headlines:

Obama Travels To N.C. To Promote State Of The Union Themes. (CNN)

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Monkey See
8:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Morning Shots: I'm Sorry, But This Bathroom Is Now An Ice-Cream Parlor

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Ashley Fetters at The Atlantic has rounded up early reviews of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique; it's a great read. [The Atlantic]

I'm not sure what to make of the fact that Sigur Ros is now selling a signature candle, but I feel like a #bandcandles hashtag can't be far behind. [Vulture]

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Jonah Lehrer attends a panel discussion for the World Science Festival in 2008.
Thos Robinson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 10:33 am

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

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The Salt
3:38 am
Wed February 13, 2013

U.K. Slaughterhouses Raided As Europe's Horse meat Scandal Widens

A Tesco supermarket sign in London. The chain acknowledged that its low-cost beef lasagna had in fact been 60 percent horse.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 9:27 am

British police raided a slaughterhouse and meat firm in two different corners of Britain on Tuesday in connection with the growing horse meat scandal.

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The Two-Way
4:48 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Alleged Calif. Gunman's Fate Unclear After Fire At Cabin

Police patrol a road block on Highway 38 into the Big Bear area where a shoot-out with suspected fugitive Christopher Dorner resulted in the death of one deputy in Angelus Oaks, Calif., on Tuesday.
Michael Nelson EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 6:55 am

(This post was last updated at 11:13 p.m. ET.)

The Los Angeles Police Department has rejected news reports that a body was discovered at a mountain cabin in California's Big Bear area where the fugitive accused of killing four people had engaged law enforcement in a hours-long standoff.

"Any reports of a body being found are not true," Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a news conference Tuesday night.

He said the cabin was still too hot to enter.

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Shots - Health News
4:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Folic Acid For Pregnant Mothers Cuts Kids' Autism Risk

Despite public health campaigns urging women in the U.S. to take folic acid, many are still not taking the supplements when they become pregnant.
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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

A common vitamin supplement appears to dramatically reduce a woman's risk of having a child with autism.

A study of more than 85,000 women in Norway found that those who started taking folic acid before getting pregnant were about 40 percent less likely to have a child who developed the disorder, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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