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Shots - Health News
11:14 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Allergy Drops Under The Tongue May Be Fine Alternative To Shots

Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Courtesy of Keith Weller/Johns Hopkins Medicine

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.

That treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but more and more patients in the U.S. are asking for it.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Petraeus Apologizes, Says Fall From Grace Was 'My Own Doing'

Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during his address Tuesday at the University of Southern California.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:33 am

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

An artist's sketch of the scene inside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:22 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Nina Totenberg previews Wednesday's case

As we wait for the Supreme Court to convene again at 10 a.m. ET and begin the second of two historic days of oral arguments focusing on legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage, there's a natural question:

Did Day 1 — a case about California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage — tell us much about how the justices will tackle Wednesday's case?

NPR's Nina Totenberg told us Tuesday that the short answer is no.

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Law
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Docket Draws Crowds

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:18 am

Pro-gay marriage forces won the real estate battle in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday on the first of two days of arguments on the subject inside the court. On the National Mall, a rally was held for traditional marriage.

Buried In Grain
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Enforcement Of Penalties Weak In Grain Bin Deaths

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 10:17 am

Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. The worst year on record was 2010, with 26 people dying. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die.

Politics
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

GOP Eyes S.D. Senate Seat, Tim Johnson To Retire

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:09 am

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson says he will not seek a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat has served in Washington since winning the lone House seat in 1986. The decision thrills Republican in the state who see a chance to pick up a seat. Democrats are hoping they can field a strong enough candidate to prevent that.

Around the Nation
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Landlocked Midwest Farmers Raise Saltwater Shrimp

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:03 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Think about farms in the Midwest, acres and acres of corn and soybeans. Now, picture instead fresh saltwater shrimp - shrimp. Landlocked Midwestern farmers are finding ways to raise those shellfish far away from any ocean.

From member station WGLT, Daniel Hajek reports.

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Television
4:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

TV's Musical Dramas Aren't Always Worth Singing About

There are three musical scripted series on network TV right now: Glee, Nashville and Smash. TV critic Eric Deggans says they are all struggling, in their own way, to integrate drama and music.

Media
3:34 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls

In Long Beach, Wash., Chinook Observer editor and publisher Matt Winters has overseen his paper's transition to the Internet and, more recently, to a pay wall.
Ashley Gross for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 8:38 am

The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle recently said they will start charging readers for online content, joining big papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some large papers have made it work because they offer a lot of unique content.

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Education
3:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Phoenix Schools Under Fire For Program Linked To Scientology

Wooden classroom desks
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:37 am

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Education
3:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

For the first time, new nationwide science standards recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:29 pm

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.

Mark McCaffrey of the National Center for Science Education says the lessons will fill a big gap.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
7:49 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage

A pro-gay-marriage protester stands in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first of two days of oral arguments on challenges to laws that limit the definition of marriage to unions of a man and a woman.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 1:15 pm

After weeks and months of public debate and speculation about the legal fate of same-sex marriage, the second round of arguments takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Shots - Health News
5:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Employers Try To Spur Healthy Behaviors With Health Plan Rewards

Chick-Fil-A employees Jennifer Cummins, right, and Joshua Figaretti work out in the gym during lunch at the company's corporate headquarters office in Hapeville, Ga. Increasingly employers are offering health plan incentives to encourage healthy behaviors from workers.
Ric Feld AP

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:24 pm

As employers try to nudge employees toward healthy behaviors, a growing number are taking aim at the medical expense accounts linked to the health plans they offer their workers.

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Around the Nation
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Feds Ban Banks From Charging Homeowners Fees On 'Forced Insurance'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Federal regulators are taking aim at a practice they say is forcing millions of struggling homeowners to pay higher insurance premiums. The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued an order today. It bars banks from charging lucrative fees and commissions on so-called lender-placed insurance policies. NPR's Jim Zarroli explains.

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Around the Nation
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Revamping An L.A. Housing Project Takes Army of 'Life Coaches'

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Public housing has received its share of makeovers with both controversy and success. In Los Angeles in the heart of Watts, a plan is under way to redevelop the 60-year-old Jordan Downs housing project. This not just a physical renovation. As Gloria Hillard reports, the effort involves a large-scale social services program.

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