5:12pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Paintball Injury? Your Hospital Has A Code For That

Coney Island, N.Y.'s "Shoot the Freak" boardwalk attraction, as seen in 2005. Crouching in the center of the photo is the well-protected human who served as paintball target.
Uri Baruchin Flickr

Maybe, like me, you're one of the few who missed the recent report on injuries caused by BB and paintball guns that showed how often mishaps lead to emergency room visits. I'm surprised my mom didn't call me personally just to say she told me so.

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4:43pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Thomas Friedman On 'How America Fell Behind'

Thomas Friedman is the author of five best-selling books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
Fred Conrad

Back in March, Paul Otellini — president and CEO of Intel Corp. — compared the situation of present-day America to that of the U.K. at the turn of the last century.

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4:28pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Haggle, Don't Settle, When It Comes To Health Costs

If you don't ask, you can't save money on health care.
iStockphoto.com

Seems like forever that Consumer Reports has been telling people to haggle over the price of a microwave or a car. Now the folks behind the magazine want you to haggle with your doctor — or at least let her know that you can't afford that bypass.

The cost of health care is expected to almost double in the next decade, and insurers and employers are increasingly shoving that cost onto individuals. As a result, even people with good insurance are finding it harder to pay medical bills.

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4:07pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Maryland Debuts Uniforms And The Country Cringes

We are not Anna Wintour, so we'll refrain from making a judgement. But, there are plenty of people who expressed their dislike of the uniforms the Maryland Terrapins debuted during their season opener Monday.

Here are some of the reviews, which came fast and furious from sports celebrities on Twitter:

Basketball star Lebron James said:

OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!

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3:45pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

An Open Secret: Drone Warfare In Pakistan

In the decade since the attacks of Sept. 11, the number of drone strikes into Pakistan has grown dramatically. In this file photo from January 2010, a U.S. Predator drone flies above the Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Drone warfare is now one of the most fundamental features of the U.S. battle against its enemies. Just don't any anyone in the government to talk about it.

Since 2004, the United States military has fired about 270 missiles into Pakistan since 2004, killing thousands of militants, according to the U.S. government. Dozens of so-called high-value targets have been eliminated, like al-Qaida's No. 2, who was killed in an attack last month.

But since the CIA runs these attacks, they are secret. As a result, no one in the government is supposed to admit they're happening.

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3:45pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Newly Revealed Video Shows Smoke Rising From Flight 93

When passengers aboard United Flight 93 fought back on Sept. 11, 2001, they prevented what could have been a devastating strike on Washington by the four terrorists who had hijacked the jet.

Now, a newly released video shows — from a distance — the smoke rising above the hills of Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 came down. Thirty three passengers, five flight attendants and two pilots died.

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3:23pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Monkey See

Eddie Murphy Will Host The Oscars

Eddie Murphy will be the host of the Oscars in February 2012.
Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

It's been rumored for a few days, and now it's official: Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars in 2012, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced today.

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3:20pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Fingerboarding Champ: No 'Fear Factor' Skateboarding

Fingerboarding is a miniature version of skateboarding where competitors use tiny skateboards and skate with their fingers. Fifteen people qualified for the national championship event held in New York City this weekend.
Alberto Marangoni iStockphoto.com

Tech Deck, a manufacturer of 2 1/2-inch long skateboards — "fingerboards" — has spent the past five months hosting competitions in more than 10 cities to find the best fingerboarder in America.

Fingerboarding is a miniature version of skateboarding, where people skate with their fingers on tiny skateboards. The boards are often made of wood or plastic and have a sandpapery grip tape on top and skateboard graphics underneath. They cost anywhere from a few bucks to more than $100.

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3:07pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Performing Arts

In Search Of A Stage, Western Opera Singers Try China

Lesson number one: saying "thank you" in Chinese.

"Xie xie. Xie xie. Xie xie," repeats American soprano Maria McDaniel, as she struggles to pin down the elusive Chinese "x" sound.

"Too much lips going on!" is the verdict of her teacher, Katherine Chu, who was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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3:00pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Shootings Leave Several Dead In West Virginia And Nevada

As details come in about a shooting this morning in Carson City, Nev., that authorities are now saying left at least three people dead and at least six others wounded, there's word from West Virginia that as many as five people were shot and killed in Morgantown on Monday.

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