8:48am

Wed January 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Well, It Is In The Dictionary: Boehner Reportedly Aimed 'F-Bomb' At Reid

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 9:47 am

House Speaker John Boehner (right) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the White House in April 2011. Last week, they weren't so chummy.
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Politico's long "tick-tock" account of "the fiscal cliff deal that almost wasn't" is getting lots of attention this morning because of this vignette:

"House Speaker John Boehner couldn't hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday. ... 'Go f— yourself,' Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present."

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7:57am

Wed January 2, 2013
The Two-Way

N.Y. News Outlet That Posted Names Of Gun Owners Hires Armed Guards

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The Journal News' map of gun owners in Rockland County, N.Y. At its website, the image is interactive so that users can see who has handgun permits and where they live.
The Journal News

The Journal News newspapers that drew intense criticism after posting an interactive map showing the names and addresses of people with licenses to own handguns in three counties just to the north of New York City has hired a security firm and placed armed guards at its offices, a competing newssi

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7:01am

Wed January 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Bipartisan Outrage As Vote On Superstorm Sandy Aid Is Postponed

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 3:01 pm

Nov. 6: Some of the damage from Superstorm Sandy on New York's Staten Island.
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(We put a new top on this post at 3:45 p.m. ET.)

The House of Representatives will vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy before Jan. 15, according to promises Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made to legislators from the affected areas this afternoon. The speaker met with angry representatives at 3 p.m., seeking to quell their outrage over the postponement of a vote on federal help.

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6:30am

Wed January 2, 2013
The Two-Way

It's Not Over: Big Battles Ahead Even After 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:59 pm

President Obama was in the Oval Office late Tuesday night as the House finished voting on the "fiscal cliff" deal. After praising the passage, he left for Hawaii to resume a vacation with his family.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': The upcoming battles

We're sorry to start the first work day of 2013 on a negative note, but here goes:

Though the House voted 257-167 late Tuesday to OK legislation that kept the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff — and stopped income taxes from rising for about 99 percent of Americans — lawmakers didn't reach agreement on other very divisive issues.

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5:16am

Wed January 2, 2013
Top Stories

TennCare doctors will see reimbursement boost

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors who treat TennCare patients are getting a New Year's pay raise.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty will start to be reimbursed at Medicare rates. On average, that is more than 25 percent above what they are paid now.

TennCare officials say that the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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4:29am

Wed January 2, 2013
Top Stories

US Army Corps to hold public meetings in Tenn, Ky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is planning four public meetings this month in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The meetings will give the public a chance to respond to plans to restrict access to hazardous waters adjacent to Corps locks and dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

The first meeting is set for Jan. 10 in Grand Rivers, Ky.; the second is to be held on Jan. 15 in Nashville, Tenn.; the third on Jan. 17 in Baxter, Tenn.; and the final one is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Somerset, Ky.

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4:25am

Wed January 2, 2013
Sports

Middle Tennessee Defeats North Texas 75-57

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Marcos Knight notched 12 points as Middle Tennessee remained perfect in Sun Belt Conference action with a 75-57 win over North Texas Monday night.

Raymond Cintron added 11 points for the Blue Raiders (11-3, 3-0), who got points from 10 different players and shot 50 percent (31 of 62) from the field.

Middle Tennessee is now 8-0 at home this year and has won 19 straight at Murphy Center.

Tony Mitchell scored 13 points with 11 rebounds for his 14th career double-double for North Texas (5-9, 0-3).

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3:35am

Wed January 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Research: A Little Extra Fat May Help You Live Longer

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:09 am

An analysis of many studies finds a small spare tire may be associated with longer life. But skeptics say that conclusion is rubbish.
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Being a little overweight may tip the odds in favor of living a long life, according to a new analysis. Researchers say there may be some benefit to having a little extra body fat.

This isn't the first time researchers have raised questions about the link between body weight and how long someone will live. While there's no debate that being severely obese will raise the risk of all kinds of illnesses and even cut some lives short, it's less clear what happens to people who are less overweight.

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2:49am

Wed January 2, 2013
World

Pakistan's 'Patriot Act' Could Target Politicians

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 10:16 am

A policeman stands guard at the Parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, in June. The Lower House recently passed a bill similar to the United States' Patriot Act, touching off a debate about privacy in the country.
Ahmad Kamal Xinhua/Landov

Earlier this month, Pakistan's powerful Lower House of Parliament passed what analysts have dubbed Pakistan's Patriot Act. Its name here is "Investigation for Fair Trial Bill."

It has been presented to the Pakistani people as a way to update existing law and usher the rules for investigation in Pakistan into the 21st century. Among other things, it makes electronic eavesdropping admissible as evidence in court.

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2:49am

Wed January 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 10:25 am

Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat, was defeated in November. Stark leaves a long-lasting mark on the nation's health care system.
Jeff Chiu AP

The 113th Congress will be the first one in 40 years to convene without California Rep. Pete Stark as a member.

Stark was defeated in November by a fellow Democrat under new California voting rules. Stark may not be a household name, but he leaves a long-lasting mark on the nation's health care system.

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