10:52am

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Grappling With The Uncertainty Of Alzheimer's Testing

When does it make sense to test a person for the risk of an incurable illness?
Andrei Tchernov iStockphoto.com

Counselors have long cautioned about the downsides of genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease.

For one thing, the current genetic tests for late-onset Alzheimer's — the type that develops after age 60 and is responsible for more than 90 percent of cases — only indicate a probability of getting the disease. It's not definitive. And consumers' ability to buy life insurance or long-term care coverage could be jeopardized by the results.

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10:43am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Salt

Peaches, Beautiful And Fleeting, Thanks To Fuzzy Thin Skin

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:25 am

Shopper reaches for donut peaches at the Penn Quarter farmers' market in Washington, D.C.
Maggie Starbard NPR

If lately you've noticed the farmers' market flooded with signs that say "donut," "cling," "whiteflesh" and "freestone," you won't be surprised to learn that August is National Peach Month. Though the juicy fruits pack the produce aisles now, in a few short months a good peach might be hard to find.

Many fruits, though harvested in other parts of the world, are available in the United States all year long. So why are peaches so seasonal, and in the winter, either difficult to find or hard as a rock?

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10:33am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Cut Diplomatic Ties? Hide Him In A Crate? How Might Assange Standoff End?

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:27 pm

Metropolitan Police Officers outside the main door of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is inside.
Will Oliver AFP/Getty Images

Now that Ecuador has said it will give WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum as he seeks to avoid being extradited from Great Britain to Sweden by hiding out in Ecuador's London embassy, news outlets are looking at the complicated legal issues involved in cases such as his.

Here are some things we've found fascinating in the coverage:

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10:00am

Thu August 16, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

# 626, Mystery, Casey, Crime Photographer "The Fix" 2/26/48, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons "Moonless Night" 1/6/44  

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.
 

9:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Yogurt summit results in regulation change

Karen Dewitt WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is loosening some environmental regulations so that dairy farmers can more easily own more cows. The news came at the first ever yogurt summit convened by Cuomo at the state Capitol.

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9:01am

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Should Lack Of Exercise Be Considered A Medical Condition?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 1:46 pm

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.
iStockphoto.com

"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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8:51am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Gives WikiLeaks' Assange Asylum

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:39 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño just announced in Quito.

Now, the question becomes whether Great Britain will allow Assange to leave Ecuador's embassy in London so that he can travel to the South American nation that is offering him refuge.

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8:40am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Held Steady At 366,000 Last Week

There were 366,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 2,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

So what we said last week applies again:

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8:18am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

11 Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash; At Least 3 Were U.S. Military Personnel

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 9:04 am

The crash of an International Security Assistance Force helicopter in southern Afghanistan today killed 11 people who were on board, according to the NATO command in Kabul.

It has posted a statement saying:

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7:52am

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

More Carnage In Pakistan: Gunmen Execute About 20 Shiites

Pakistani Air Force personnel guard an air base northwest of Islamabad earlier today. It was attacked Thursday by militants armed with guns, rocket launchers and suicide vests.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Thursday's attack on a Pakistani air base near Islamabad by heavily armed militants, which security forces were able to repel, has been followed by the news that gunmen executed about 20 Shiite Muslims today in northern Pakistan.

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