3:32pm

Tue January 8, 2013
NPR Story

2012 Smashes Record For Hottest Year In The Lower 48

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

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It's official, federal scientists say 2012 was the hottest year on record for the Lower 48 States. In fact, the average shattered the previous record set in 1998.

Here's NPR science correspondent Richard Harris.

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2:55pm

Tue January 8, 2013
U.S.

New York Town Up In Arms As Gun Show Approaches

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

Gun enthusiasts flock to the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Arms Fair in March 2012 in Saratoga, N.Y. Some local residents would like the next show to be canceled, in light of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.
Ed Burke Courtesy of The Saratogian

Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is the kind of town tourists visit and never want to leave. In winter there are skiing and snowshoeing; in summer, the horse racing season at its historic racetrack.

But this idyllic town of about 28,000 in the foothills of the Adirondacks is facing a crisis over the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair, an event held several times each year at the city's public exhibition space since 1984.

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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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