12:01am

Fri December 23, 2011
Animals

Myth Busting: The Truth About Animals And Tools

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 1:28 pm

A tufted capuchin uses a stone hammer to crack open a nut in Brazil's Parnaiba Headwaters National Park.
Ben Cranke Getty Images

12:01am

Fri December 23, 2011
Ron Paul

Ron Paul Has Support In Iowa, But Old Issues Linger

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is anything but an establishment GOP candidate. Yet, he is at the top of the polls in Iowa, largely because his message appeals to more than just the typical Republican caucus-goer. That was made clear when he met John McCarthy and Michelle Godez-Schilling, both of whom attended a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

"I would like to say I'm an independent, and for the first time in my life I'm affiliated with one of the two major parties because of you," McCarthy told Paul.

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12:01am

Fri December 23, 2011
World

Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 10:19 pm

A woman gazes into a shop window in downtown Rome. Due to tough austerity measures, even wealthy Italians are buying less this holiday season.
Max Rossi Reuters

A tour of how Christmas shopping is going in Italy starts with Via Condotti — Rome's premier shopping street.

It features high-end stores like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Ferragamo. But salespeople are standing idly by the door. There's a yawning emptiness in these shops.

Two streets down, the only Christmas sound is a recording of a children's chorus singing "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." But even in a toy store, well-dressed customers leave without buying.

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10:00pm

Thu December 22, 2011
StoryCorps

A Bowlful Of Memories About A Mama Named Sugar

Cora Lee Collins was called Sug by everyone, including her children.
Courtesy of Penelope Simmons

Everybody loved Cora Lee Collins — known to all, including her children, as Sug.

"Oh, I called her Mama, too, but I called her Sug," her daughter, Penelope Simmons, tells her own daughter, Suzanne Wayne. "When she was a little kid, she would climb up on the kitchen table and eat sugar out of the sugar bowl, and so they started calling her Sugar."

Simmons grew up in Lake Charles, La., with two brothers, Otis and Jamie. "Sug loved us, but she was nowhere near a hovering mother. I mean, we did run wild."

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6:39pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Need A Hug? Go To 'The Nicest Place On The Internet'

Sometimes, we bring you bad news. Sometimes the good. But other times, we just like to share something sweet.

And as Gizmodo said yesterday: "The holidays are here. The year is finishing up. It's late. It's cold. It's about time to go to the nicest place on the Internet."

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5:20pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Report: Cuts In Federal Funding Put Public Health Preparedness At Risk

Oregon health authorities quickly traced an August outbreak of foodborne illness to a strawberry field in the state. But will they be so swift next time?
iStockphoto.com

Do you remember the E. coli outbreak that started in an Oregon strawberry patch this August?

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5:19pm

Thu December 22, 2011
It's All Politics

With 'Lie Of The Year' Controversy, Fact Checking Comes Under Scrutiny

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 10:08 pm

A screen grab from "America the Beautiful" by The Agenda Project. According to PolitiFact, videos like this one used elderly actors to falsely suggest that Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan would adversely affect current senior citizens.
The Agenda Project YouTube

The fact-checking movement has been gaining momentum and gaining fans. Journalistic fact checkers serve as referees by calling foul — and fair — on various assertions by politicians, public figures and pundits with heavily documented analyses. But a slow-burn backlash flared into the open this past week.

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5:17pm

Thu December 22, 2011
World

U.S.-Pakistan: A Year Of Worsening Ties

Pakistanis attend a funeral in Peshawar on Nov. 27 for the two dozen Pakistani soldiers killed in a NATO attack a day earlier.
Mohammad Sajjad AP

Key events in the recent rift between the U.S. and Pakistan.

5:16pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Salt

Disposable Pans Can Cook More Than The Christmas Goose

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 8:25 am

Beware of throw-away aluminum roasting pans, burn doctors say.
James Bo Insogna iStockphoto.com

For no muss or fuss clean-up, a disposable aluminum roasting pan seems like a great way to reduce holiday home chef stress. But beware: Burn specialists say many such pans aren't built to handle the oversized birds or other hunks of meat on your menu.

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5:05pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Newt Gingrich

As Gingrich Stumps In Iowa, His Style Evolves

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's campaign has been down and then up this year.

His top staffers resigned en masse in June, leading many to wonder whether he was out of the race. Then came debates in which the former speaker of the House shined.

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