3:04pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctor Pay: Where The Specialists Are All Above Average

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:42 pm

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Making a living practicing medicine is more complicated and frustrating than ever. But it still pays. And pretty well.

A survey of more than 24,000 doctors conducted online for Medscape, a doctor-oriented information service of WebMD, finds that their average annual pay ranges from $156,000 for pediatricians, the lowest-paid specialty, to $315,000 for the top earners.

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2:34pm

Wed April 25, 2012
World Malaria Day Celebrated Today

TVA's Role in Eradicating Malaria

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  On this sixth annual World Malaria Day, a Tennessee historian recalls the little remembered connection between the deadly disease and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Few Americans remember that malaria was once common in the U.S., or that the TVA played a crucial role in eradicating the mosquito-borne disease.

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2:19pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Africa

Charles Taylor Faces Verdict From Brutal African War

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 12:12 pm

Members of a civil war amputee soccer team practice on a beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, in April 2006. Rebel groups, allegedly aided by former Liberian President Charles Taylor during Sierra Leone's brutal 1991-2002 civil war, were known for their gruesome practice of hacking off limbs.
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A court in the Netherlands is set to deliver a verdict Thursday in a case involving a former head of state charged with international war crimes.

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. He is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Tens of thousands died during Sierra Leone's vicious civil war, one that was infamous for the brutal hacking off of limbs.

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2:17pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Mosque Already Under Construction

Mosque Case in Court Once Again

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) — A lawsuit that seeks to rescind approval for the construction of a Rutherford County mosque will be heard Thursday afternoon in a Murfreesboro courtroom.

The suit was filed on behalf of 17 local residents after the County Planning Commission granted a construction permit for the mosque in May 2010. The plaintiffs tried to make the case a referendum on the growing influence of American Muslims, by presenting evidence at an earlier trial contending that Islam is a not a religion and that Muslims are a threat to their neighbors.

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2:17pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Fed Remains Ready To Act, If Necessary

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens to a question from a reporter during a press briefing at the Federal Reserve building on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed is ready to implement "balance sheet actions if necessary."

That means if the Federal Open Market Committee feels that the economic recovery is in danger, it is ready to implement a third round of quantitative easing, or bond purchases intended to bring down long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending.

"If appropriate... we remain entirely prepared to take additional action," the chairman said. "We will not hesitate to use them."

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2:15pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Picture Show

Live From Mount Everest: A Blog!

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:51 am

Conrad Anker descends an ice step in the Khumbu Icefall with a fixed rope.
Cory Richards Courtesy of National Geographic

As I write this, it's about 1 a.m. in Nepal and, according to National Geographic magazine's iPad app, a group of climbers is camped on the side of Mount Everest, possibly sleeping (though we can't be totally sure), at nearly 21,000 feet. They expect to make a final summit push in early May.

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2:10pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Obama, Romney Both Support Relief Bill

Student Loan Interest Could Double

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Senate Democrats are expected to introduce a bill this week that will keep interest rates from rising for millions of students with federal loans. Republicans are balking at a tax boost Democrats want to use to pay for it.

Senator Harry Reid unveiled the nearly $6 billion proposal yesterday after it was endorsed by both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney.

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1:53pm

Wed April 25, 2012
It's All Politics

RNC Seeks To Contrast Serious Romney With Slow Jammin' Obama

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 1:54 pm

President Obama's urbane coolness, viewed by many as an attractive feature of his personality, was part of the joke Tuesday night when he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, including in the "slow jammin' the news" segment.

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1:12pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Survey Shows Uncertainty In Reporting Suspicious Activity

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:17 pm

At airports, train stations and other public places across the nation, the Department of Homeland Security's "See Something, Say Something" campaign has encouraged people to report suspicious activity in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks. But a recent government survey found citizens are not jumping in to report others.

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12:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Women's Rights Group Protests Facebook's All-Male Board

A group of women's rights activists are descending on Facebook's New York offices, today, to deliver what it says is an online petition from 53,000 people that demands Facebook add a woman to its board of directors before the company goes public.

In its petition, UltraViolet says that 58 percent of Facebook users are women, yet "despite the fact that women are responsible for most of Facebook's revenue and activity there currently is not a single woman on their board."

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