Mon October 1, 2012
Solve This

Obama, Romney On Taxes: Similar Plans, Few Details

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:20 pm

Both President Obama and rival Mitt Romney say the tax code is too complicated. But they haven't been specific about which tax breaks they want to eliminate.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Here's something President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on: America's tax system is too complicated. Both men have outlined changes that are broadly similar, but with some important differences.

The Problem:

Today's tax code is like a department store, where the price tags are high, but there are lots of coupons, sales and weekend specials. That creates some inequities. Just as shoppers can pay different prices depending on which day they buy, taxpayers with the same income can pay very different rates depending on which deductions they qualify for.

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Mon October 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Pelosi Rival's New Ad Features Two Sacrificial Lambs, Including Himself

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:31 pm

Actors depict Rep. Nancy Pelosi and zombies in a campaign ad by her Republican challenger.
Screenshot of John Dennis For Congress Ad


Mon October 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:10 pm

A study shows less than a quarter of retractions were the result of honest errors.
The Lancet

When there's something really wrong with a published study, the journal can retract it, much like a carmaker recalling a flawed automobile.

But are the errors that lead to retractions honest mistakes or something more problematic?

A newly published analysis finds that more than two-thirds of biomedical papers retracted over the past four decades were the result of misconduct, not error. That's much higher than previous studies of retractions had found.

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Mon October 1, 2012
The Salt

Nearing Its 50th Birthday, Arby's Gets A 'Fresh' Makeover, New Logo

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 7:20 pm

The new Arby's logo is a sleeker and more modern version of the old one, but not everyone's a fan.
courtesy Arby's

Quick — when you think of Arby's, do you think of seasoned curly fries or turkey sandwiches?

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Mon October 1, 2012
All Tech Considered

Cloud Computing Saves Health Care Industry Time And Money

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 3:36 pm

Researchers are increasingly using cloud computing to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Cloud computing is often cheaper and quicker than in-house computing.

The cloud's vast computing power is making it easier and less expensive for companies and clinicians to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Analyzing data that used to take years and tens of millions of dollars can now be done for a fraction of that amount.

Most of us know Amazon as the world's largest online retailer. But its cloud computing business is booming too.

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Mon October 1, 2012
Top Stories

Summer Drought Impacts Murf. Tree Restoration Project

Tenn. Environmental Council

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Middle Tennessee farmers aren't the only ones feeling the impact of this summer's heat and drought.

The Tennessee Environmental Council says that about 80 percent of the tree seedlings it planted last year along the Murfreesboro creek that runs parallel to North Rutherford Blvd. have since died.

Dozens of local residents, including a large contingent of students from Middle Tennessee State University, helped the environmental group plant the trees.

Council Director John McFadden says it's important to get the the seedlings replanted.

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Mon October 1, 2012
Top Stories

Tennessee Voter Registration Ends October 8

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans have one week to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Registration closes on Monday, Oct. 8.

Voters should keep in mind that Monday is Columbus Day, a national holiday, so post offices will not be open that day. Anyone planning to mail in a registration will need to have it postmarked by no later than Saturday, October 6.

Voters also need to remember that Tennessee has a new voter photo ID requirement.  Bedford County Election’s Coordinator Summer Leverette explains.

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Mon October 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Japan Introduces Stiff Fines, Jail Time For Illegal Downloads

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 1:32 pm

South Korean pop group 2NE1 performs during the MTV Video Music Awards Japan show in Makuhari, near Tokyo, in June.
Koji Sasahara AP

Beginning, today, illegally downloading a copy of your favorite new song could land you in jail in Japan.

The country has instituted a new law that punishes those downloaders with up to two years in prison or fines of up to $25,700. CNN reports that the move is an effort to curb music piracy in the country.

CNN adds:

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Mon October 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Angry At Washington Gridlock May Want To Look In The Mirror

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 2:00 pm

Voters these days often reward politicians who sit at either end of the ideological spectrum while punishing those seen as compromisers.

Like plenty of other voters, Tony Hocamp is disgusted by Washington. Too often, he says, politicians put their partisan interests ahead of doing what's right for the country.

"The politicians we have in office right now are concerned about nothing but themselves and getting re-elected," says Hocamp, who runs a motel in Marengo, Iowa.

It's easy to get upset during a political era in which the leaders of the two major parties seem incapable of putting aside their differences and working together to solve the nation's problems.

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Mon October 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Remembering To Never Forget: Dominican Republic's 'Parsley Massacre'

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 11:45 am

1937: Haitians who were hoping to escape the killing in the Dominican Republic.
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Edwidge Danticat and Julia Alvarez pronounce 'perejil'

Seventy five years ago, thousands of Haitians were murdered in the Dominican Republic by a brutal dictator. It was one of the 20th Century's least-remembered acts of genocide.

As many as 20,000 people are thought to have been killed on orders given by Rafael Trujillo. But the "parsley massacre" went mostly unnoticed outside Hispaniola. Even there, many Dominicans never knew about what happened in early October 1937. They were kept in the dark by Trujillo's henchmen.

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