4:45pm

Mon January 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

Why Is Google Exec Interested In North Korea?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:39 pm

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (left) arrives at Pyongyang International Airport on Monday. There is speculation that Schmidt's presence in North Korea could have an upside for Google by positioning Schmidt as the company's global ambassador.
David Guttenfelder AP

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has landed in North Korea. His trip there is a bit of a mystery.

Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, has been a vocal proponent of providing people around the world with Internet access and technology. North Korea doesn't even let its citizens access the open Internet, and its population is overwhelmingly poor — so it's not exactly a coveted audience for advertisers.

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4:42pm

Mon January 7, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Hagel? Let Us Count The Reasons

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 8:02 am

President Obama nominates former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be defense secretary Monday at the White House.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

So why did President Obama choose Chuck Hagel to be his new defense secretary?

First, Hagel is Obama's kind of Republican. The former senator from Nebraska is a realist and pragmatist who hasn't been afraid to buck the orthodoxy of his chosen party, for instance when Hagel opposed the Iraq War.

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4:38pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Didn't Your Doctor Prescribe A Generic? Look In The Mirror.

Generic or brand?
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We're living in the golden age of generic drugs.

Eight in 10 prescriptions are filled with generics rather than brand-name drugs these days.

The generics are usually inexpensive. Think $4 for a month's supply of the depression drug fluoxetine (or Prozac) at Wal-Mart. If you have insurance that covers pharmaceuticals, your copay will be lower with a generic than a brand-name drug, too.

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4:21pm

Mon January 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

Are You Eating Too Fast? Ask Your Fork

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:19 pm

A electronic HAPIfork, which can monitor users' eating habits, is on display at a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
David Becker Getty Images

What's the coolest new gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week? It's too soon to tell. But I have an early favorite for the title of oddest new gadget: the HAPIfork and HAPIspoon. They may sound like characters from a nursery rhyme, but this fork and spoon connect to the Internet and can monitor and record how you eat.

The HAPI utensils measure how long your meals last, how long you pause between each bite and how many mouthfuls of food you consume.

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4:21pm

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

'Latin@' Offers A Gender-Neutral Choice; But How To Pronounce It?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 4:38 pm

In Spanish, most nouns default to masculine or feminine, as do the adjectives that describe them. So if you're referring to a group of people that includes a man, the word you'd use for that group would be masculine — even if that group is mostly made up of women.

(For a handy explainer on how words in languages become gendered, check out the "When Nouns Grow Genitals" episode of Slate's Lexicon Valley.)

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4:19pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Around the Nation

Districts Train Teachers For School Shootings

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:19 pm

Firearm instructor Clark Aposhian conducts a concealed-weapons class for teachers, sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council, in West Valley City, Utah. Across the country, school districts and other entities are hoping to better prepare staff to respond in a shooting situation.
George Frey Getty Images

It's almost instinctive: Teachers want to protect kids in a school shooting. But many don't know how.

So over the holiday break, in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., several districts around the country conducted school shooter training sessions meant to better prepare staff to respond in the event of a similar crisis. Since last month's attack, drills have been conducted in Nashville, Tenn.; Omaha, Neb.; Utah; and Jefferson County, Ala.

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4:07pm

Mon January 7, 2013
The Salt

The $1.76 Million Tuna: Great For Publicity, Bad For The Species

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 4:52 pm

Sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura poses with a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant in Tokyo on Saturday. He paid more than $1.7 million for the fish.
Shuji Kajiyama AP

It's become an annual tradition: bidding up an outrageous price for a Pacific bluefin tuna during the first auction of the new year at Toyko's Tsukiji fish market.

And on Saturday, a bluefin tuna big enough to serve up about 10,000 pieces of sushi fetched a mind-boggling price: $1.76 million. That's about three times as much as last year's tuna and equates to about $3,600 per pound for the 489-pound fish.

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3:58pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Afghanistan

As Karzai Visits U.S., What Are The Prospects For Afghan Peace?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:16 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet with President Obama and other senior U.S. officials in Washington this week. Many analysts remain skeptical about the prospects for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. He's shown here speaking in Kabul last month.
Massoud Hossani AFP/Getty Images

As Afghan President Hamid Karzai comes to Washington to meet with President Obama and other U.S. officials this week, there is renewed discussion in Afghanistan about the possibility of a negotiated end to the country's war.

Recent talks hosted by France have rekindled hopes for some sort of reconciliation between the Taliban and Karzai's government. But given the decades of war in Afghanistan, many think the prospect of a peace deal remains nothing but talk.

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3:56pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Commentary

Online 'Shaming' A New Level Of Cyberbullying For Girls

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:19 pm

Sixteen-year-old Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle says at her school girls are often the victims of "slut shaming," having explicit photos and videos of themselves posted online and shared with their peers.
Joerg Koch AP

Many teenagers are living half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut shaming" — using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out. Temitayo reported this story as part of the Radio Rookies program at member station WNYC.

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3:31pm

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

What Lance Armstrong, And The USADA, Might Gain From A Confession

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:23 am

Lance Armstrong, seen here at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride in October 2012, might be willing to confess to doping — in exchange for an easing of his lifetime ban, according to reports.
Cooper Neill Getty Images

The news that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong might be willing to confess to the doping charges he spent years denying has reopened interest in his case — and in the question of whether his lifetime ban from competitive sports could be eased in exchange for Armstrong's cooperation.

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