4:06pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Perry Hopes To Turn Medical Liability Record Into Votes

Just a few weeks into his campaign, Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry isn't talking a whole lot about health care, except to criticize President Obama for last year's law. And he's not considered a health care expert. But he's is passionate on one point: Fixing the nation's health care system must include a major reform of the medical malpractice system.

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3:53pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

The Northeast Has Seen A Hurricane Lull, But It Doesn't Mean There's No Risk

National Hurricane Center

Over the past decade or so, we've seen hurricanes pound the Gulf states. Of course foremost in the national consciousness is still Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.

Not only that but if you exclude Florida, the last major hurricane — meaning category 3 or stronger — to make landfall in the Eastern Seaboard was Hurricane Fran, which made landfall in North Carolina in 1996. But during the past two decades, the Gulf Coast has seen Andrew in 1992, Opal in 1995, Bret in 1999, Charley and Ivan in 2004 and Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005.

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3:33pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

As Irene Lashes Carolinas, N.Y., Jersey Shore Evacuate

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:30 am

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene as it approached the East Coast on Friday.
AFP/Getty Images

More than 2 million residents along the Eastern Seaboard have been ordered to move to safer places as Hurricane Irene lumbers toward the Mid-Atlantic region.

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3:24pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Politics

Memorial Will Offer Obama Occasion To Address Race

President Obama delivers remarks at the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Aude Guerrucci Getty Images

President Obama is getting criticized from all sides lately, and the African-American community is no exception. In an op-ed piece in Friday's New York Times, Princeton professor Cornel West condemned the president for ignoring homeowners, workers and poor people and, instead, giving "us bailouts for banks, record profits for Wall Street and giant budget cuts on the backs of the vulnerable."

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3:00pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Middle East

For A Night, Experiencing A Syrian Activist's Fear

In an image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters in the Syrian village of Maaret Harma in Edlib province march against the regime of President Bashar Assad, Aug. 26. The government has banned most foreign journalists in the country and is continuing a brutal crackdown on anti-government activists.
Shaam News AP

During a recent trip to Syria, I managed to sneak away from my minders one night and spend an evening with a man in the capital, Damascus, who's an IT engineer by day and an activist by night.

I was able to see up close that protesting in Syria is not just a matter of raising your fist. It's a matter of life and death.

Let's start this story with how I was able to meet the activist.

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2:43pm

Fri August 26, 2011
World

A Dictator's Choice: Cushy Exile Or Go Underground

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:30 am

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is the latest in a line of dictators who — facing the end of their days in power — must choose an exit strategy.
Pier Paolo Cito AP

Why didn't Moammar Gadhafi choose a comfortable retirement in exile when he had the chance?

It's an age-old question for faltering dictators. When some are losing their grip on power, they are pragmatic and look for a cushy home abroad rather than face the wrath of their angry compatriots.

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2:40pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Jogging Fights Beer Belly Fat Better Than Weights

If you're overweight, the best way to spend your limited time exercising is aerobic activity, a researcher says.
Rhodes ludovic iStockphoto.com

Weight training is touted as the cure for many ills. But if the goal is to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the only way to go, exercise scientists say.

We're not talking about muffin tops, the annoying bit of pudge that rolls over a woman's waistline and is featured in those strange Internet ads. Rather, this is gut fat lodged around internal organs, which could look like a beer belly from the outisde. It's considered a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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2:25pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Navy SEAL's Loyal Dog Now With Master's Friend

Hawkeye, by his master one last time.
Lisa Pembleton Home Post

Few stories in the past week or so have touched more hearts that that of Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador retriever who lay down next to the flag-draped casket of his master, U.S. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson.

One of the 30 U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter was hit by enemy fire on Aug. 6, Tumilson was remembered at a funeral service in Rockford, Iowa, on Aug. 19.

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2:05pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

New York City Orders Evacuations In Low-Lying Areas

All residents of New York City who live in low-lying areas must evacuate their neighborhoods by 5 p.m. ET Saturday because Hurricane Irene is headed their way, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced.

Reuters says an estimated 250,000 people are affected. The city is opening shelters. Bloomberg said this has never been done before.

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12:42pm

Fri August 26, 2011
The Two-Way

In Chile Protests, A Teenager Is Dead, 1,400 Arrested

A two-day strike culminated in a massive march that left a 16-year-old dead and close to 1,400 arrested in Chile, yesterday. The AP reports:

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