12:39pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Buyers Of Hyped Skechers 'Toning Shoes' Can Get Refunds

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 2:49 pm

An ad that featured Brooke Burke touting Shape-ups as the latest way to burn off calories and make muscles stronger was cited by the Federal Trade Commission.
FTC

No more ifs, ands or butts about the claims that Skechers USA made for its goofy-looking toning shoes.

The company has agreed to pay $40 million to settle claims that it deceived customers by saying its Shape-ups shoes would help people who wore them shed pounds and tone their abs, buttocks and legs, the Federal Trade Commission said.

The FTC alleged there's no evidence the Skechers shoes would do a better job by those measures than regular old gym shoes.

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12:33pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Africa

Civilians Flee, Soldiers Dig In On Sudanese Frontier

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Nyachieng Nguot Teng, 25, lost her left leg and her 7-month-old son suffered a fractured leg when a Sudanese bomb fell on her hut in Lalat, South Sudan, on May 5. The United Nations is trying to prevent the recent fighting between the two Sudans from escalating into full-scale war.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

There's a tense calm at South Sudan's front line, just 10 miles from the frontier with Sudan, its neighbor to the north. South Sudanese commander Maj. Gen. Mangar Buong says his troops remain on alert and on the defensive.

There is not a civilian in sight. They all fled the area, known as Panakuach, after Sudan's recent aerial bombardments and escalating concerns about a full-scale war.

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12:29pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Presidential Race

Candidates Gird For 'Scorched Earth' Campaign Season

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 1:42 pm

President Obama, who has a technocratic image, has shown that he intends to give as good as he gets — or better — in the campaign.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

12:15pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 1:30 pm

Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian, anti-Semitic and unexpectedly sympathetic protagonist of The Dictator.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

Many fans will be disappointed that Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator is a more or less conventional comedy and not an ambush-interview mockumentary in the style of Borat and Bruno. But that guerrilla-clown shtick would be tough to sustain: Why not let him try something else? The good news is that The Dictator is loose and slap-happy and full of sharp political barbs and has funny actors moving in and out — and at a lickety-split 83 minutes, it doesn't wear out its welcome.

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12:00pm

Wed May 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Biden On Bain: Romney 'Thinks This Experience Will Help Our Economy'?

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 2:30 pm

The Obama campaign on Wednesday escalated its attack on Mitt Romney's business career, with Vice President Joe Biden scheduled to aggressively question how Romney's management of Bain Capital might translate into running the U.S. economy.

On Monday, Obama's re-election campaign unveiled a new swing state ad questioning Romney's assertion that he was a job creator while running the private equity firm. The Romney campaign countered later in the day with its own ad.

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11:51am

Wed May 16, 2012
The Salt

From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:59 pm

Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

11:35am

Wed May 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Delays Sunscreen Label Redo

Alivia Parker, 21 months at the time, ran through circles of spraying water on a hot day in Montgomery, Ala., last June. She was wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 100, a rating that won't be allowed much longer.
Dave Martin AP

For a little while longer you'll still be able to buy suncreen labeled as waterproof or with a sun protection factor of 100.

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11:30am

Wed May 16, 2012
Remembrances

Fuentes Criticized Power Before It Was Fashionable

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died Tuesday at age 83. He was a prolific novelist whose work was read by everyone from the Mexican elite to the working class, making him one of the country's most influential social critics. Host Michel Martin speaks with OC Weekly columnist Gustavo Arellano about Fuentes' influence, both in Mexico and abroad.

11:30am

Wed May 16, 2012
NPR Story

How To Address France's New, Unmarried First Lady

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 12:19 pm

France's new president was inaugurated Tuesday, and he's moving into the presidential palace with his longtime "companion." Host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on political protocol when it comes to heads of state, politicians and their unmarried significant others.

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