2:54pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

Clinton Reveals Blueprint For An 'AIDS-Free Generation'

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:52 am

United Nations Aids Executive Director Michel Sibide hugs Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after they they presented the a road map for stopping HIV around the world.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Before Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton passes the reins to her successor, she's got a few loose ends to tie up. One of them is mapping out the U.S.'s continuing efforts to combat AIDS around the world.

So today she unveiled a "blueprint" for what she called an "AIDS-free generation."

Now Clinton isn't talking about ending the HIV pandemic altogether. Rather, she hopes to prevent most new infections from occurring in the first place and to stop HIV-positive people from developing AIDS.

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1:59pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Former NBC Chief Jeff Zucker Taking Over At CNN

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:56 pm

Jeff Zucker, who's going to CNN.
Robert Pitts Landov

"Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January," CNN confirmed earlier today.

The Associated Press writes that:

"Zucker will be based in New York and report to Phil Kent, who runs all of the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner.

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1:06pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Does Anybody Have More Fun Than Joe Biden? Check These Photos

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:46 pm

"No, this really is Joe Biden!" (He borrowed a Costco employee's phone to say hello to someone.)
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Yes, he talked about the negotiations over taxes and spending cuts. Yes, it was a holiday photo op. But what really struck us about Vice President Joe Biden's this morning to Washington, D.C.'s first Costco store was how, once again, he just seems to have so much fun.

We think a picture gallery is in order.

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1:05pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Space

Space Probe Finds Ice In Mercury's Craters

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Researchers say they have identified traces of ice in craters on Mercury, seen here in this Oct. 8, 2008, image from the Messenger spacecraft.
NASA

Mercury is not the first planet to come to mind if you were searching for ice in the solar system. After all, the surface temperature across most of the planet is hot enough to melt lead.

But at the poles on Mercury it's a different story. Almost no sun reaches the poles, and as a result, temperatures can drop to less than -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, three papers in the journal Science suggest there really is ice at the bottom of craters near the poles on Mercury.

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12:44pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Ambassador Susan Rice Is Financially Tied To Keystone Pipeline Company

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:47 pm

Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in August.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has been the subject of much criticism from the GOP.

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12:14pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Top Stories

Help for Those Grieving During the Holidays

Credit alivehospice.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The holiday season is supposed to be a happy time, but it can be difficult for those who’ve lost a loved one.

Alive Hospice is offering grief seminars in Nashville and in Murfreesboro the evening of December 6 for anyone struggling with loss.

Grief Counselor Pam Quaintance says there’s no expiration date when it comes to grief.

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11:57am

Thu November 29, 2012
Top Stories

Governor Told Fiscal-Cliff Fall Will Hurt Tennessee Badly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee will be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dr. Stan Chervin updated Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials yesterday, saying states that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended.

Chervin is a senior research consultant with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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11:50am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

In Syria: Battle Rages Outside Damascus Airport, Internet Goes Down

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:39 pm

CIA World Factbook

Syria's Internet services went down all across the country on Thursday and heavy fighting was reported near the airport in the capital Damascus, which led a number of airlines to suspend flights.

These developments come after a series of rebel victories in recent days and suggest that President Bashar Assad's government is facing increased pressure from the rebels in an uprising now 20 months old.

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11:33am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Salt

Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

The seeds of this goosefoot plant are known as quinoa, a superfood now in high demand and grown almost exclusively in South America. But some growers think they have the formula to grow it up north.
Janet Matanguihan courtesy Kevin Murphy

The explosion in world popularity of quinoa in the past six years has quadrupled prices at retail outlets. But for all the demand from upscale grocery stores in America to keep their bulk bins filled with the ancient grain-like seed, almost no farmers outside of the arid mountains and coastal valleys of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile grow it.

But plant breeders and scientists who study the biology and economics of quinoa say that is about to change.

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11:19am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

An Act Of Kindness: Photo Of NYPD Officer Giving Barefoot Man Boots Goes Viral

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:20 am

NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo gives a pair of boots to a barefoot man in Manhattan.
Jennifer Foster NYPD via Facebook

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