12:51pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Shots - Health News

Insurers Revive Child-Only Policies, But Cost Is Still An Issue

Child-only policies can be critical to some families, including those where an employer doesn't offer dependent coverage.
iStockphoto.com

Health policies for kids are back, now that heath insurers who stopped selling them after the health care overhaul passed are reopening shop, according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund.

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12:19pm

Tue October 23, 2012
The Salt

Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks

The Food and Drug Administration has confirmed that it received five reports in the past past three years suggesting that people died after drinking caffeinated energy drinks.

But the agency also cautions that these reports do not add up to proof that the beverages actually caused those deaths. These reports — called adverse event reports — are considered unconfirmed allegations, and the FDA doesn't usually release them.

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12:00pm

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:02 pm

Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Obama after their final debate Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.

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11:59am

Tue October 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Florida Officials Investigate Fake Voter Eligibility Letters

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:58 pm

It's a sign that Election Day is getting closer: increasing reports of efforts to intimidate or mislead voters. Florida officials say they're now investigating fake letters that have been sent to voters in at least 20 counties questioning their citizenship and eligibility to vote.

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11:57am

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Armstrong Deletes Tour Titles From Twitter, But Not Other Websites

Lance Armstrong at a LIVESTRONG Challenge Ride on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

One day after having his seven Tour de France titles officially taken away and getting banned for life from competitive cycling, Lance Armstrong's getting some media attention for removing a reference to those victories from his Twitter bio.

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11:24am

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

If The World Picked U.S. President, Election Would Be A Blowout

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 11:26 am

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shake hands following the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The presidential election here at home is neck and neck. The Real Clear Politics average of the popular vote puts Gov. Mitt Romney 0.6 percent ahead of President Obama.

But if the world had its say, this election would be a blowout favoring the incumbent.

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10:55am

Tue October 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Emir Of Qatar Visits Gaza, Becoming First Head Of State There Since 2007

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:48 am

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (center right) walks alongside Gaza's Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya (center left) during a welcome ceremony at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

The Emir of Qatar visited the Gaza Strip today. It is the first time a head of state visited the Hamas-controlled territory since Egypt and Israel instituted a blockade in 2007. Hamas, remember, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.

Reuters reports:

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10:41am

Tue October 23, 2012
Shots - Health News

'Addictive' Cigarette Smoking Games On Smartphones Target Kids

In this iPhone app, players pretend to smoke a cigarette and then pass it to their friends.
Screenshot from Puff Puff Pass Lite.

You can do just about anything with your phone these days. Take an electrocardiogram. Confess your sins. Even smoke a cigarette

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10:16am

Tue October 23, 2012
Top Stories

Campus Union Says Tenn. Higher Education Being Compromised

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A union with members on most of Tennessee’s college campuses says higher education is being compromised by ongoing state budget cuts.

The United Campus Worker’s Union is holding informational meetings it calls “teach-ins” statewide. A teach-in will take place on the Middle Tennessee State campus Wednesday evening.

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9:59am

Tue October 23, 2012
The Salt

How Fly Farming May Help More Fish Stay In The Sea

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:19 pm

The fly larvae in the AgriProtein factory feed on cow blood and bran.
Courtesy of Jason Drew

What's the lowly house fly got to do with the $60 billion fish farming industry?

Quite a lot, says Jason Drew, a jet-setting British entrepreneur who is so enthusiastic about the potential of flies, he's just written a book called The Story of the Fly and How It Could Save the World. He thinks flies can solve one of aquaculture's most vexing issues: what to feed the growing ranks of farmed fish.

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