2:32pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Loss Of Balance Is Leading Cause Of Elderly Falls

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:19 pm

A recent study of people in a nursing home found that only 20 percent of falls occurred while the patient was using a walker or wheelchair.
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Accidental falls are one of the leading causes of injury death in people over 65 worldwide, but for a long time researchers have struggled to understand just how they happen.

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2:07pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
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  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on being proud of Armstrong
  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on the charity's mission

The CEO of the Lance Armstrong-founded cancer charity Livestrong tells NPR his organization remains proud that the cyclist and cancer survivor founded Livestrong in 1997 and wants him to remain involved in its work.

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman told All Things Considered host Melissa Block this afternoon.

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1:57pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Australian PM's Fiery Speech, Prompts Change In Definition Of 'Misogyny'

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivering her verbal takedown of the opposition.
ABCNews (of Australia)

1:00pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Solve This

Climate Politics: It's Laugh Lines Vs. 'Not A Joke'

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:11 am

This Sept. 16 image released by NASA shows the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic, at center in white, and the 1979 to 2000 average extent for the day shown, with the yellow line. Scientists say sea ice in the Arctic shrank to an all-time low of 1.32 million square miles on Sept. 16, smashing old records for the critical climate indicator.
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Scientists view climate change as one of the world's most pressing long-term problems. But the issue has barely surfaced in the U.S. presidential race. President Obama has taken steps to address climate change during his time in office. Republican challenger Mitt Romney would not make it a priority in his administration.

In fact, as Romney stood on the stage to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, he used global warming as a laugh line.

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12:52pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Shots - Health News

Take Shots With You, Please

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:24 am

Scott Hensley, Shots host.
NPR

Does Shots look a little different today? You bet.

We've streamlined the design, building on what we learned from the last makeover in early 2011.

The Shots landing page will get a few more tweaks over the next couple of weeks, but the key change is that you'll be able see many more stories at a glance when you visit.

We've got more room for graphics and photos for stories, and there will be less clutter around them, too.

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12:49pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Envoy To Syria Heads To Damascus To Discuss Cease-Fire

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:05 pm

Syrian rebels head towards the frontline in Albab, 30 kilometres from the northeastern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Wednesday.
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The United Nations' special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is on his way to Syria's capital, Damascus, where he will hold talks with Syrian leaders about a proposal to call a cease-fire between government troops and rebel fighters. Brahimi has said he hopes the cease-fire will start next week, for the Eid al Adha holiday.

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12:45pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Top Stories

"In God We Trust" Approved for Putnam Courthouse

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Putnam County Commission has voted unanimously to place the national motto "In God We Trust" on all four sides of the county courthouse.

The commission vote Monday night approved a recommendation made by its planning committee last week.

The idea originated at Cookeville’s Colonial View Baptist Church where the Rev. Al Gaspard is the pastor.

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12:36pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Top Stories

JUST ONE QUESTION: A Workable Immigration Policy

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP/WMOT) — Both campaign teams are calling Tuesday night's presidential debate a win for their candidate.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in a pushy, interruption-filled encounter, making charges and countercharges that the other guy wasn't telling the truth.

The candidates will meet for their third and final debate Monday, October 22. 

WMOT is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance. Today we hear from Eben Cathy of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

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12:32pm

Wed October 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Mourners Line Streets As Sihanouk's Body Comes Home To Cambodia

One of the thousands of mourners today in Phnom Penh as the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk was brought home.
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Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered in the streets of Phnom Penh today to watch as the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk returned to the nation he dominated for more than half a century.

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12:29pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Top Stories

Tenn. Domestic Violence Down Slightly, 96 Die in 2011

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  The annual report on domestic violence in Tennessee is out this week.

The report shows a slight decline in domestic cases in each of the last three years. However, more than 85,000 Tennesseans fell victim to domestic violence in 2011.  Ninety-six of them were murdered.

The majority of victims are female, but men reported being the target of domestic violence in nearly three cases in ten.

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