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8:56am

Wed October 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:14 pm

Even versions of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen labeled "genuine" and "anti-counterfeit" have been found to contain the drug sibutramine, which was supposed to come off the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons.
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Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs.

But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just because the FDA recalls a product for containing dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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5:17am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Candidates for New York governor prepare for race's only debate

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Four of the candidates running for New York state governor will be participating in a debate shown on public television and heard on public radio.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott will appear together in an hour long debate, the only televised contest of the 2014 governor’s race.

GOP challenger Astorino had wanted a chance for the two major party candidates to hold additional debates on TV. Astorino spoke before the debate schedule was settled.

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5:17am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins says he will attack Cuomo's stance on hydrofracking during debate

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The controversial issue of hydrofracking will come up in Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate if Howie Hawkins has anything to do with it. The Green Party candidate will be on the stage in Buffalo with Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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5:16am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Final debate held in race to fill open North Country congressional seat

From left, Matt Funiciello, Elise Stefanik, and Aaron Woolf at the WWNY-TV studios in Watertown.

Gun control was one of the topics the three candidates running for the North Country's open congressional seat discussed during their final debate of the election season, hosted by WWNY-TV in Watertown. Both Republican Elise Stefanik and Democrat Aaron Woolf agree the New York SAFE Act is flawed.

Woolf says there needs to be a discussion about sensible gun control, and that mental health should be looked at, starting in schools.

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5:16am

Wed October 22, 2014
Health

Upstate Medical University receives training to handle possible Ebola patients

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New York State Health Department officials are in Syracuse this week looking at how SUNY Upstate Medical University is preparing to become one of two hospitals in upstate New York designated to deal with Ebola patients.

Being an Ebola hospital means Upstate has to be ready on three fronts, according to hospital CEO John McCabe.

"One is identifying the patients early," McCabe said. "Second is taking care of them in a safe way, and third is being sure that no other patient, staff member, family member has any exposure.”

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5:13am

Wed October 22, 2014
Music News

Taylor Swift Sells White Noise In Canada

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. You might say the musician Taylor Swift is so popular fans will listen to whatever she puts out. Like this single from an upcoming album...

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5:07am

Wed October 22, 2014
Business

Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Media

Inside Larry King's Complicated Mind, As Shown In Late-Night Tweets

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:19 pm

A voter casts her ballot at a polling site for Georgia's 2014 primary election in Atlanta.
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This election season is proving to be tough for Democrats, but many believe they can turn the red state of Georgia blue with the help of new voters.

One voter registration campaign led by the New Georgia Project, a "nonpartisan effort" according to its website, has targeted black, Latino, and Asian-American residents.

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:59 am

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In the summer of 2011, American journalist Suki Kim got a job teaching English at the elite, all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the North Korean capital.

Kim, who was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 13, is a fluent Korean speaker and secretly took notes during her six months at the university in Pyongyang. This formed the basis for her new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Sports

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:00 am

In this campaign ad, GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land sips coffee after asking the viewer to "think about" accusations that she's waging a war on women.
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7:14am

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:48 pm

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday.
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On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot.

"I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in.

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6:09am

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

No consensus on redistricting ballot amendment

A map of upstate New York's Assembly districts.
New York State Board of Elections

Next month voters will decide whether they want to change the way redistricting is done in New York state by voting on a ballet amendment that would change the state’s constitution. But there are different opinions over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering or not.

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6:06am

Tue October 21, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County Legislature enters budget season

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The Oswego County Legislature is trying to cut costs and raise revenues in an attempt to balance its budget and keep taxes from rising.

Oswego County Administrator Philip Church recently presented to legislators his proposed 2015 budget, which includes a nearly seven percent property tax hike.

According to Church, that means 50 cents extra per $1,000 of assessed home value, or about $47.25 for the average $94,500 home.

He says increased costs for county employee benefits have helped contribute to the tax increase.

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Business

Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Around the Nation

Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Asia

How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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4:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

Understanding The Kurds' Different Roles In Different Conflicts

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:42 pm

Syrian Kurdish fighter Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad, 22, sits with his wife Siham, 23, and their two sons, Dilyar and Ibrahim, at his brother's house on the Turkey-Syria border on Friday. He was preparing to leave for Kobani, Syria, to rejoin the fighting against the Islamic State.
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The Kurds are involved in several Middle East dramas at the moment. Yet they live in multiple countries across the region and are playing different roles in different places.

In Iraq, Kurdish fighters are working closely with the U.S. to battle the Islamic State.

In Syria, the Kurds are also fighting the Islamic State, but until U.S. air drops this week, the U.S. had been reluctant to work directly with the Syrian Kurds.

Then there are the Turkish Kurds, who have been seeking to join the battle, but have been blocked from doing so by Turkey.

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4:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

After Quarantine, Ebola-Free Dallas Residents Face New Challenges

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 7:36 pm

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4:35am

Tue October 21, 2014
NPR Story

U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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10:03pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

Biden stumps for Maffei in Syracuse

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in support of Democrat Dan Maffei at an event Monday in Syracuse.
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Vice President Joe Biden tried to stir up some election fervor during a visit to Syracuse Monday.

Biden, a Syracuse University alumnus, made sure to point out to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner that he was sporting an orange tie for his visit to a city he called “almost home."

"Steph, I just want you to know I got my colors on, I got my colors,” Biden joked.

Then it was down to business, stumping for Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei, who’s facing a competitive Republican opponent in former federal prosecutor John Katko in the race for the 24th Congressional District.

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6:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:57 am

Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

On Monday, Apple is rolling out a new way to pay: a digital wallet called Apple Pay. Millions of people with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be able to tap — rather than swipe — at the register.

The move could be a major change in how we shop. Or it could end up as a blip on the map that fades away, as other "mobile wallets" have in the past.

Here are some questions you might be asking:

I have a leather wallet in my back pocket. Am I going to have it a year from now, given this mobile-wallet revolution?

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6:01am

Mon October 20, 2014
Health

Officials say NY State Health Exchange ready for open enrollment

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Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say $27 million will go to help residents connect with insurance -- the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, starting November 15.

National health care advocates worry that most states will be investing less on support staff to help sign people up for insurance, than was invested last year.

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, health equity director at Families USA, says the second year of the ACA open enrollment will need resources.

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5:55am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

AG candidate proposes tougher laws, more treatment to combat heroin

John Cahill is the republican candidate for New York state attorney general.

Attorney General candidate John Cahill is proposing a plan to fight the heroin epidemic that’s ravaging communities across the state.  

Cahill, a Republican, says the five-point plan attacks the problem from a number of angles. It starts with tougher laws that go after the drug traffickers, including tougher sentences and changes in the classification of the drug in penal law.

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5:34am

Mon October 20, 2014
Education

Watchdog group warns against proposed education bond act

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New York's November ballot includes a proposal for the state to borrow $2 billion to spend on technology, like computer tablets, for school children. But a fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of iPads.

The bond act would give New York state permission to borrow money primarily to invest in new technology for students in elementary and secondary schools. It would also include money for building more classrooms for expanded pre-kindergarten.

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5:07am

Mon October 20, 2014
Asia

Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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4:59am

Mon October 20, 2014
Strange News

Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Religion

Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:29 pm

Pope Francis attends a session of the two-week synod at the Vatican that wrapped up over the weekend. The usually predictable event produced a robust debate among the bishops on how the Catholic Church should deal with gays as well as Catholics who are divorced or remarried.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Over the past few decades, assemblies of Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Rome, known as synods, have been predictable events that have always upheld the viewpoints of the reigning pope.

But with the widely popular Pope Francis, nothing is predictable.

A two-week-long synod on family issues that wound up this weekend was tumultuous, and the results showed a church deeply divided over how to deal with gays and with divorced and remarried Catholics.

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:47 pm

Among outside groups — that is, not candidates or party committees — more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors.
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When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.

Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."

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