2:18pm

Tue January 8, 2013
The Salt

College Students With Food Allergies Make Legal Gains

A recent settlement between a university and the Justice Department may encourage institutions to better accommodate students with food allergies.
iStockphoto.com

Many a college student lives off of microwavable meals – but some do it not by choice but because they're worried school food might make them sick.

They may have celiac disease, a digestive ailment caused by gluten, or life-threatening allergies to foods like peanuts — both are on the rise. But even as more people become aware of the issues, schools and institutions may lag behind.

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2:04pm

Tue January 8, 2013
The Two-Way

NRA Accepts Biden's Invitation To Meet

Vice President Biden.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

"We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say," National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says of the organization's decision to accept an invitation from the task force Vice President Biden is leading — the group that's studying gun laws and related issues in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con

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1:49pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Binge Drinking Among Women Is Both Dangerous And Overlooked

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:59 am

A picture from the photo story "Keg Stand Queens," which explores the gender dynamics of undergraduate binge drinking.
Amanda Berg The Alexia Foundation for NPR

Binge drinking is something many people want to shrug off.

But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it's a public health problem that deserves more attention.

You might be tempted to think binge drinking is mainly an issue for men, but that's not the case. So the CDC is putting the spotlight on women's binge drinking, which it says is both dangerous and overlooked.

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1:09pm

Tue January 8, 2013
The Two-Way

911 Calls Played And Traps In Holmes' Apartment Described In Colo. Court

A courtroom sketch of James Holmes as he was brought into a courtroom in Centennial, Colo., this week.
Bill Robles Reuters /Landov

On Day 2 of the preliminary hearing for James Holmes, who is charged with the murders of 12 people and wounding of dozens at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last summer:

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12:57pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Top Stories

Tennessee's 108th General Assembly Gets Underway

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 108th Tennessee General Assembly gets underway Tuesday afternoon at the capitol building.

Following the November elections, Republican legislators go into the session with a super-majority. The GOP holds that advantage for the first time since Civil War Reconstruction.

A number of controversial issues are likely to arise during the session, including more gun related measures. Last session’s controversial “guns-in-trunks” law will likely be offered again.

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12:46pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Top Stories

Mid-State Schools Struggle with Safety Concerns Post Sandy Hook

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  School systems throughout Middle Tennessee are wrestling with how to better protect their children in the wake of the murder of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Williamson County moved quickly last week, allocating $2,3 million dollars from its reserve fund to put an armed police officer in every school building.

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12:46pm

Tue January 8, 2013
The Two-Way

It's In The Books: 2012 Was Warmest Year On Record For Lower 48 States

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 1:37 pm

July 22, 2012: In Baltimore, John Rose tried to keep cool during one of the year's heat waves.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Last year "marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States," the National Climatic Data Center just confirmed.

This probably won't surprise many, but "a record warm spring, second-warmest summer, fourth-warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn" combined to make the year's average temperature 55.3°F.

That's "3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year."

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12:37pm

Tue January 8, 2013
The Two-Way

European Union Reports Highest Unemployment Rates Ever For Eurozone

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:24 pm

In Badalona, Spain, people waited outside an employment office last summer.
Albert Gea Reuters /Landov

In the European Union, unemployment rates in the region that uses the euro currency are at their highest ever, as a returned recession, falling income levels and persistent debt concerns trouble the region's economy, as its latest statistics show.

After nearly five years of economic crises, the European Union is also seeing more divergence between its member nations, particularly in the north, where economies have resilience, as opposed to the south, where unemployment rates are an average of more than 7 points higher.

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12:26pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Your Money

Havens Are Turning Hellish For Tax Avoiders

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:43 am

A man enters a UBS bank in Hong Kong last month. The Swiss banking giant agreed in 2009 to identify the names of its U.S. account holders, part of a push by banking regulators to make it harder to hide income.
Dale de la Rey AFP/Getty Images

Time was that a Swiss bank account was synonymous with confidentiality and keeping assets from prying eyes. No more.

Last week, Switzerland's oldest bank, Wegelin & Co., pleaded guilty in a New York court to helping Americans hide $1.2 billion from the Internal Revenue Service over a decade-long period. Wegelin's plea, and a $57.8 million fine, forced the bank to shut its doors. It follows a $780 million settlement with UBS in 2009 that forced the Swiss banking giant to identify the names of its U.S. account holders.

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12:21pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Top Stories

Whooping Cough Cases Nearly Triple

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  The number of cases of whooping cough in Tennessee this past year nearly tripled. State epidemiologist Dr. Tim Jones says the increase is not unexpected since Pertussis is a cyclical illness.

“It’s an increase, you know, but in 2009 and in 2010 we had more than 200 cases, so it’s a disease that goes up and down. And our numbers are still really low compared to many other states where they’re seeing in the thousands per year.”

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