10:09am

Thu May 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Energy Drinks Can Take Teeth On An Irreversible Acid Trip

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:28 am

Drinks like Red Bull contain citric acid, which can strip away the enamel that protects teeth from decay.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Drinks with a lot of sugar will rot your teeth, right? That's the conventional wisdom.

But what about the acid? It's not something we think much about, but dentists say it's high time we start, especially when it comes to the river of energy drinks we — and young people in particular — are consuming.

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9:07am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Upstate Economy

DiNapoli: IDAs not delivering on job creation promises

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says "taxpayers are not getting enough bang for their buck when it comes to IDAs."
Matt Ryan WMHT

More tax breaks does not equal more jobs.

That's according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's latest report on New York's industrial development agencies (IDAs).

In his fifth report on IDAs [PDF], DiNapoli says the number of jobs created by the local economic development engines dropped by 22,000 from the year before.

DiNapoli also cites a $483 million gap in what IDAs gave out in tax breaks and how much they took in via payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs).

That breaks down, the report finds, to a $2,659 cost per job - up 9 percent from the year before.

"Taxpayers are not getting enough bang for their buck when it comes to IDAs," DiNapoli said in a statement.

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9:04am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Militia Leader Reportedly Involved In Shooting Deaths Of Four In Arizona

J.T. Ready is a reputed neo-Nazi who has been conducting heavily armed patrols to catch illegal aliens in the Arizona desert.
J.T. Ready AP

A man fatally shot four people Wednesday outside of Phoenix before being found dead, authorities say. Among the victims was a girl between 1 and 2 years old. There are concerns about possible hazardous materials in 55-gallon drums in the backyard, The Associated Press reports, slowing the investigation.

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8:51am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Coming Up: Bin Laden Documents To Go Online

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 1:59 pm

Osama bin Laden.
AP

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was frustrated with "regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions" in the last few years before he was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs.

That's "the most compelling story to be told," according to an analysis of some documents seized from bin Laden's Pakistani compound in the May 2011 raid that ended with his death, West Point's Combating Terrorism Center reported today.

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8:38am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dropped By 27,000 Last Week

There were 365,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, down 27,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

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8:30am

Thu May 3, 2012
Interviews

Chen: 'I Didn't Really Understand What Was Happening'

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:01 am

In this photo released by the U.S. Embassy Beijing Press Office, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng (center) is seen with U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke (right) and U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh before leaving the U.S. Embassy Wednesday for a hospital in Beijing.
AP

The Chinese activist who left the U.S. Embassy but then had a change of heart tells NPR from his hospital bed that he wasn't prepared for what would happen after leaving diplomatic protection.

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8:20am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

No Note, No Firm Clues So Far In Junior Seau's Death

Junior Seau in 2002, when he was with the San Diego Chargers.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

While the signs so far point to suicide, there aren't yet any really revealing clues to why former NFL star Junior Seau apparently killed himself Wednesday.

About all there is so far is a hint that, in retrospect, Seau may have said some goodbyes. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that:

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7:49am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Computer Glitch Summons Too Many Jurors

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:31 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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7:42am

Thu May 3, 2012
Around the Nation

San Francisco Transit Worker Fired For 'Good' Deed

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:31 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:33am

Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Activist Wants To Leave With Clinton; U.S. Diplomats Back In Touch

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 8:07 pm

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng (in wheelchair) held the hand of Gary Locke (at right) the U.S. ambassador to China in Beijing as he arrived at a hospital in Beijing on Wednesday.
AFP/Getty Images
  • Chen speaks with NPR
  • Michele Kelemen talks with Steve Inskeep

The fate of Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng remains uncertain one day after he left the U.S. embassy in Beijing.

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