9:43am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Salt

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:08 pm

The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
istockphoto.com

Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.

When we checked in with experts about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also widely used in the wine industry, they weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural product that contains iron and other metals.

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8:44am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:35 am

Cher in 2011.
Danny Moloshok Reuters /Landov

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

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8:02am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:55 pm

UPDATE at 3:40 p.m. ET: Death Toll Rises

Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand tells state TV that the death toll has reached 37 people, with 850 injured, including 100 who were hospitalized.

We updated this post with new information at 12:15 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake in a sparsely populated area of southern Iran has killed at least 30 people and injured 800, according to Iran's state media.

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7:22am

Tue April 9, 2013

6:54am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Thatcher's Funeral Set For April 17

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:09 am

A Union flag flies at half staff over the Houses of Parliament, and next to the Big Ben clock tower, in honor of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday.
Luke MacGregor Reuters /Landov

British Prime Minister David Cameron's office announced Tuesday morning that "Lady Thatcher's funeral service will take place on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral."

The "Iron Lady" — former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — died Monday in London following a stroke. She was 87.

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6:20am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea's Warnings More Boring Than Alarming To Those In South

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:25 pm

Two women sit at a cafe Monday in central Seoul, South Korea. While North Korea has been issuing threats on a daily basis, many South Koreans say they're more bored than worried.
Lee Jae-Won Reuters /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': Frank Langfitt reports from Seoul

There were more ominous-sounding words from North Korea on Tuesday. Pyongyang warned tourists and foreign companies in South Korea to leave for their own safety because a nuclear war may be imminent.

It was the latest in a string of threats in recent days.

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6:14am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Margaret Thatcher Authorized A Posthumous Biography

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 7:18 am

Britain's then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Tory Party Conference in Blackpool, England, in 1981.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:51am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Things To Know About Louisville's Basketball Championship

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:00 am

The Louisville Cardinals celebrated after beating Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Mark Cornelison MCT /Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': David Greene and Mike Pesca talk about Louisville's win

By beating Michigan 82-76 Monday night in Atlanta, Louisville won this year's Division I men's basketball championship.

In winning:

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1:58am

Tue April 9, 2013
Animals

Starving Baby Sea Lions Flood Southern California Shores

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:14 am

More and more starving sea lions are being found stranded on California shores, and animal rehabilitation centers are at their maximum capacity. Experts say there are fewer fish for these mammals to feed on, but they don't know why.
Gloria Hillard NPR

In recent months, more than 1,000 starving baby sea lions have been found on Southern California beaches, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just declared the crisis an "unusual mortality event."

On a recent early morning, Peter Wallerstein is on the job on a beach near Marina del Rey, Calif. His white truck is a familiar sight along this coastline. Next to him, a small blond dog named Pumpkin rides shotgun.

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1:58am

Tue April 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:14 am

President Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2014 may include a proposal for Medicare patients to pay more of their own medical bills.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The budget President Obama will send to Congress Wednesday is expected to include some $400 billion in reductions to Medicare and other health programs.

And if the word around Washington is correct, it may also include a proposal aimed at winning some bipartisan backing — by changing the way Medicare patients pay for their care.

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