2:09pm

Tue October 18, 2011
U.S.

Maine Strained By Use Of Cocaine-Like 'Bath Salts'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 10:48 pm

Although Shane Heathers was warned about the dangers of using synthetic stimulants known as bath salts, he said he wanted to try the drug anyway. He injected it day and night for a week before he ended up at the hospital. Several more bath salts binges followed.

Jay Field for NPR

States across the country continue to fight the spread of a dangerous new drug: bath salts.

They aren't anything like those soothing crystals you pour into the tub — they're synthetic stimulants, so-called designer drugs that cause paranoid, psychotic, often violent behavior in users.

Bath salts can still be purchased legally in some states and, in some cases, over the Internet.

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2:01pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Law

Businesses Push Back On Foreign Bribery Law

One of the federal government's few success stories when it comes to policing corporate crime in recent years comes from a post-Watergate law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA.

Prosecutors have used the law to get more than $1 billion in bribery fines out of huge companies like Siemens and DaimlerChrysler.

But now the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing back: It has hired former Justice Department leaders to make the case that the law is out of date.

Critics: Law Has Huge Consequences

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1:46pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Policy Reversed: Marines May Wear 'KIA Bracelets' Honoring The Fallen

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes marines.mil

"The Marine Corps is ending its controversial ban on bracelets honoring U.S. troops killed in combat," Marine Corps Times is reporting.

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1:42pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

For The First Time, 50 Percent Of Americans Say U.S. Should Legalize Pot

Gallup

Since Gallup started asking Americans in 1969 whether use of marijuana should be legal, most have said no. But in a Gallup poll released yesterday, half of Americans said the government should legalize pot use.

That is a record high.

Here's Gallup's historical chart for the question:

And here's how they characterize the shift in public opinion:

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1:32pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Politics

Obama Takes Aim At Republican Jobs Plan

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 6:51 pm

President Obama speaks at a YMCA in Jamestown, N.C., on Tuesday, during a three-day bus tour to promote his American Jobs Act. During the trip, he has drawn sharp lines between his jobs plan and the competing Republican plan.

Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's bus tour rolled into Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, after a day and a half in North Carolina.

The president has been using the tour to promote his jobs plan and to criticize an alternative plan put forward by Senate Republicans.

Another Day, Another Diner

Earlier Tuesday, the president stopped at Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., bypassing the special — spaghetti and Texas toast — in favor of a cheeseburger and sweet tea.

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1:12pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Lubbock Goes Dark As Dust Storm Swallows City

As we've seen before this year, when a "haboob" rolls over a city the results can be awesome — and not in a good way if you're caught in it.

Monday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, a massive dust storm turned day into night in less than a minute. Check this video from local TV station KLBK and The Associated Press (which loops once).

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1:06pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Slashes Infection Risk By Half

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 3:33 pm

After decades of disappointment, researchers think they're finally on track to unleash the first practical vaccine against malaria, one of mankind's ancient scourges.

In the world's first large field trial of an experimental malaria vaccine, several thousand young children who got three doses had about 55 percent less risk of getting the disease over a year than those who got a control vaccine against rabies or meningitis.

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1:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: The Myth Of The Chevy Nova

Originally published on Wed October 19, 2011 2:00 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: It's Wednesday and time to read from your comments.

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1:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Mental Health

A First Aid Kit For Mental Health Emergencies

Many people know how to respond when colleagues hurt themselves, or are felled by heart attack or stroke. But few know what to do in a psychiatric crisis. The Mental Health First Aid program aims to teach people to respond to psychiatric emergencies, from anxiety to eating disorders to psychosis.

1:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Politics

Illegal Immigration A Central Issue In GOP Race

Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain have engaged in a round of one-upmanship on the issue, with Bachmann promising to build a double fence on the U.S.-Mexico border and Cain saying he would electrify the border fence. A number of Latino republicans warn that their party risks alienating Latino voters.

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