10:20am

Wed October 17, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Tough Old Lizard To Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:44 am

Courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki

Oh, dear.

First off, this lizard? It's not really a lizard. It's an almost vanished species, a reptile like no other.

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9:52am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Construction Of New Homes Surges To Four-Year High

Construction worker Jim Castellano walks out of a Toll Brothers Inc. home he is working on in Boca Raton, Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The rate at which builders began work on new homes surged to a four-year high, the Commerce Department said today.

The AP reports that September clocked the fastest pace since July of 2008. The AP adds:

"The Commerce Department says builders broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 in September. That's an increase of 15% from August.

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9:51am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Debate Watchers Get A Town Brawl

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:27 pm

Debate watchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, check out President Obama's performance Tuesday night.
Liz Halloran NPR

There will be blood.

Or at least a lot of aggressive walking and glaring, vigorous head-shaking and interruptions, all glazed with equal parts feigned respect and visceral distaste.

This season's presidential debates between incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, including Tuesday's engagement, have evolved into base-rousing spectacles of their dislike for each other.

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8:37am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Presidential Debate Spins 'Binders Full Of Women' Meme, Fact Checks

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:34 pm

This photo of Playboy's Hugh Hefner was published on a Tumblr blog devoted to poking fun at the "women full of binders" meme.
Tumblr

7:28am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Stepping Down As Livestrong Chairman

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 3:43 pm

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stepping down from his role as chairman of the cancer-awareness charity Livestrong, the organization said in a press release today. (Update at 8:34 a.m. Separately, Nike dropped its sponsorship of Armstrong.)

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7:26am

Wed October 17, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:09 am

Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, houses servers in over 115,000 square feet of space.
Connie Zhou Google

Behind the ephemeral "cloud" of cloud computing, the network we use for everything from checking our email to streamlining our health care system, there lies a very tangible and very big computer infrastructure.

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6:59am

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Rare Earthquake Rattles New England

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:37 am

A map from the USGS. The yellow represents the areas that felt the earthquake the most.
USGS

A rare 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled New England, last night. While some of our readers on the West Coast would barely even blink with such a shake, it caused confusion and consternation for many around the epicenter about 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the largest earthquake to strike the region measured 5.1 and it happened in 1904.

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6:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
It's All Politics

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:42 am

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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2:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:31 am

Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead.
iStockphoto.com

Long-term care insurance provides money for care when you're too old or sick to wash yourself and cook, though few American use it. Many who do have found that some insurance companies are slow to pay up or deny payments completely.

Oregon is one of several states that's adopting new regulations to improve the industry.

It used to be that the only way to appeal a long-term care decision in Oregon was in court, an arduous process for a person who may be elderly, sick or in a nursing home.

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2:48am

Wed October 17, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Kickers Are Taking The Kick Out Of Football

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 7:31 am

Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal on a hold by Britton Colquitt against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 23.
Justin Edmonds Getty Images

Of all the strained sports cliches, my favorite was "educated toe." Remember? An accomplished field goal kicker possessed an educated toe. I had a newspaper friend who wrote that a punter had an "intellectual instep," but the copy desk wouldn't allow it. Spoilsports.

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