10:55am

Wed September 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurer's Files Show Big Cost Differences For Same Illnesses

Yes, we've seen this before: a study showing large spending disparities to treat similar ailments and little if any link between expenditure and effectiveness.

What's different about a new analysis is the patients.

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10:47am

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

The Odd Couple: What Clinton Adds For Obama

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:45 pm

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton appear at a campaign event in New York in June.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In public, at least, they're the best of friends. And no one will have a more public role extolling President Obama than his Democratic predecessor, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton, who has already been featured in an Obama campaign ad, is speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention in what is traditionally the prime spot reserved for the vice presidential nominee.

"He's clearly the best asset the Democrats have," says GOP consultant David Carney. "Clinton is their best surrogate."

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10:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Thinking Harvard? Ranking System Says Think Again

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, school is back in session in much of the country and for many high school students that means it's time to look at colleges and, increasingly now, as more students go to college than ever, they and their parents are turning to rankings, such as the one published by U.S. News and World Report, to try to figure out the best fit.

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10:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Thinks Local At DNC

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, there are a lot of college ranking guides out there, but we're going to tell you about one of them that says it rates colleges and universities on their value to you and to the country. That's ahead.

But first, we're following the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and while the spotlight is on national debates during the convention, we remember that old saying that all politics is local.

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10:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Democratic National Convention is underway in North Carolina. We'll speak with the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, about some of the local issues mayors are thinking about as they gather in Charlotte.

But first we want to talk about the message the Democrats are trying to send from the convention podium. Last night's keynote speaker was San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro. He shared his American dream story.

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10:26am

Wed September 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Earthquake Triggers Pacific Tsunami Warnings For Central & South America

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:48 pm

The star marks the epicenter of today's earthquake in Costa Rica.
U.S. Geological Survey

The Pacific coasts of Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are no longer the focus of tsunami warnings, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced just after 1 p.m ET.

As we've been reporting, there was a strong — 7.6 magnitude — earthquake in Costa Rica this morning. At first, there were concerns about possible tsunamis from Mexico south to Chile. As the day continued, however, authorities gradually reduced their warnings.

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10:26am

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

With A Flip Of Her Hair, Julian Castro's 3-Year-Old Becomes A Star

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:12 pm

Carina Castro during the Democratic National Convention.
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10:13am

Wed September 5, 2012
The Salt

To Maximize The Joy Of Eating Candy, Apply Physics

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:12 pm

These German Liebesperlen, or "love pearls," helped researchers unravel the mysteries of how candies dissolve. Why the baby bottle packaging? Beats us.
Matthias Rietschel APN

When it comes to candy, most people fit into two camps — either you savor your candy, or you devour it right away.

If you're a "savorist," you'll be happy to learn that certain spherical candies can take up to a half-hour to dissolve if you don't bite into them, at least according to some research recently submitted to the journal Physics Education.

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9:50am

Wed September 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Hundreds Of Afghan Soldiers Arrested Or Discharged

A U.S. Marine (right) and an Afghan National Army soldier on patrol this summer in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images
  • Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on the NPR Newscast

Looking to stem the recent wave of "green on blue" attacks in which men wearing police or military uniforms have killed more than 30 U.S. or other international forces, Afghan officials said today that they have "arrested or discharged hundreds of their country's soldiers," NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Kabul.

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9:25am

Wed September 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Because Of Weather, Obama's Acceptance Speech Will Move Indoors

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:27 am

The skyline of Charlotte, N.C., rises behind Bank of America Stadium.
Chuck Burton AP

President Barack Obama will not be in a stadium full of supporters on Thursday when he delivers his acceptance speech.

The Democratic National Convention said that because of the threat of thunderstorms, it was moving the events of Thursday from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena, the host of the first two days of events.

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