9:46am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

As Water Level Falls, Concerns About Mississippi River's Barge Traffic Rise

This WWII-era minesweeper once was a floating museum in St. Louis. Swept away in a 1993 flood, it has been under water in the river for most of the years since. But the ship has been exposed as the river's water level has fallen. (Photo taken on Dec. 14.)
Army Corps of Engineers

With a gauge at the tricky section of the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., already registering a remarkably low water level — and projections that it will fall further in coming days and weeks — trade groups are warning that barge traffic through that part of the river may have to halt completely as soon as next week.

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9:00am

Fri December 28, 2012
Top Stories

Jobless benefit rolls drop 7 percent with new rule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 7 percent of Tennesseans previously receiving jobless benefits have been dropped for failing to verify that they were searching for work.

That's according to an audit by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/VkcRbq).

New rules that went into effect on Sept. 1 require Tennesseans receiving jobless benefits to document at least three job searches a week.

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8:58am

Fri December 28, 2012
Top Stories

Austin Peay leads state in retention, graduation

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Peay State University is leading Tennessee's four-year institutions in increasing student retention and graduation rates.

In recognition of its success, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission has recommended the school receive a 13 percent funding increase for the 2013-14 school year.

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8:56am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Salt

An Evolutionary Whodunit: How Did Humans Develop Lactose Tolerance?

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 11:41 am

Thousands of years ago, a mutation in the human genome allowed many adults to digest lactose and drink milk.
iStockphoto.com

Got milk? Ancient European farmers who made cheese thousands of years ago certainly had it. But at that time, they lacked a genetic mutation that would have allowed them to digest raw milk's dominant sugar, lactose, after childhood.

Today, however, 35 percent of the global population — mostly people with European ancestry — can digest lactose in adulthood without a hitch.

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8:45am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Little Hope, Low Expectations, Lots Of Gloom: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talk Is Dreary

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 11:10 am

Leaders will meet at the White House this afternoon.
Michael Reynolds EPA /LANDOV
  • David Welna on 'Morning Edition'

Yes, President Obama and congressional leaders are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. ET to discuss how to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

But, no, that isn't inspiring much talk this morning of a breakthrough before the midnight New Year's Eve deadline:

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7:51am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Resume; Russia Bans U.S. Adoptions

Eric Waite and his 8-year-old daughter Emerson went sliding Thursday in Greenfield, Mass.
Matthew Cavanaugh Getty Images

7:33am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Remembering Gen. Schwarzkopf, 'Military Hero Of His Generation'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 8:37 am

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1990.
Kevin Larkin AFP/Getty Images

The death Thursday of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf — "Stormin' Norman" — has prompted many looks at the legacy of the American commander who led coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, which pushed Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Army out of Kuwait.

Schwarzkopf was 78. He:

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6:56am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Secretary Clinton Due Back At Work Next Week, 'Foreign Policy' Reports

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 8:38 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 6 in Dublin.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to the State Department next week after three weeks of recovery from a stomach virus and a related concussion," Foreign Policy's The Cable blog reports.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines tells The Cable that:

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6:49am

Fri December 28, 2012
Shots - Health News

Americans Support Physician-Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 9:07 am

John Kelly and Dr. Marcia Angell were advocates on opposing sides of a Massachusetts measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
Jesse Costa Jesse Costa/WBUR

Voters in Massachusetts were the latest to weigh in on whether it should be legal for doctors to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The measure was controversial, and on Election Day it fell just short.

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6:23am

Fri December 28, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Families Stunned By Russia's Ban On Adoptions

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 8:37 am

Children at an orphanage in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don earlier this month.
Vladimir Konstantinov Reuters /Landov

As expected, Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a law "that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposes other measures in retaliation for new U.S. legislation meant to punish Russian human rights abusers," Reuters reports.

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