10:19am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

CDC Confirms 'Extremely Rare' Death From Rabies Transmitted By Transplant

A Maryland man who died two weeks ago contracted rabies "through [an] organ transplantation done more than a year ago," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday morning.

The CDC adds that:

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9:17am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

New Pope Praises Benedict, Asks Cardinals To Evangelize

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:43 am

Pope Francis as he visits the papal residence at the Vatican on Thursday.
Vatican AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in his first audience with the cardinals since becoming head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and urged the evangelization of the church's message.

Francis said of Benedict, who served as pontiff for eight years before his historic resignation last month, that he "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers."

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9:14am

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Power Shift Under Way As Middle Class Expands In Developing World

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 8:00 am

Brookings Institution

"The meek shall inherit the earth" — that seems to be the latest message from the United Nations Development Program.

Their 2013 Human Development Report chronicles the recent, rapid expansion of the middle class in the developing world. It also predicts that over the next two decades growth in the so-called "Global South" will dramatically shift economic and political power away from Europe and North America.

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8:58am

Fri March 15, 2013
Planet Money

A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Last year, a federal program called the Earned Income Tax Credit took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to the working poor. And here's the surprising thing: This redistribution of wealth has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.

"This program worked," says Richard Burkhauser, an economist at Cornell University and the American Enterprise Institute. "And there's not a hell of a lot of these programs where you can see the tremendous change in the behavior of people in exactly the way that all of us hoped it would happen."

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7:53am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Gasoline Pushed Consumer Prices Up Sharply In February

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:05 am

Handles on a gas pump in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Fickies Landov

Consumer prices jumped 0.7 percent in February from January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The increase was fueled by a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline prices. Gas prices alone accounted for about two-thirds of the overall rise, MarketWatch says.

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7:37am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

More Problems Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:53 pm

The Carnival Dream docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in December 2010.
Andy Newman AP

For the past month, management at Carnival Cruise Lines has been in a nearly constant state of damage control.

In the past week alone, three of the cruise line's giant floating playgrounds have experienced embarrassing malfunctions that have at least inconvenienced, if not angered, many passengers.

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7:06am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Son's Coming Out Leads Sen. Portman To Reverse On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 12:40 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Saying that he has reconsidered the issue in the two years since learning that his son is gay, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Thursday that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage.

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6:45am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Geithner Writing 'Behind The Scenes' Story Of The Financial Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:56 am

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's new book promises to give us the inside dope about reaction to the financial crisis.
Win McNamee Getty Images

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

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6:28am

Fri March 15, 2013
The Two-Way

'Over A Year Or So' Before Iran Could Develop Nuclear Weapon, Obama Says

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 6:36 am

President Obama on Wednesday at the Organizing for Action dinner in Washington, D.C.
Aude Guerrucci DPA /LANDOV

Putting a more specific estimate that he has in the past on the issue of how long it might take Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, President Obama has told Israel's Channel 2 TV that it could happen in "over a year or so" if efforts to dissuade Iran do not succeed.

The president also said that while he wants to resolve the issue diplomatically, he is keeping "all options on the table."

For its part, Iran has long said its nuclear program is only aimed a peaceful uses for that energy source.

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5:52am

Fri March 15, 2013
Opinion

Burriss on Media: Educational Media

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) --  At an educational conference I’m attending, two strands keep coming up: students at all levels don't know how to read, compute, communicate or think, and the negative impact the media are having on those same students.
 

Well, at the risk of sounding old-fashioned or corny, I would like to propose that we use the media to provide a remedy for all of these educational deficiencies.

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