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Shots - Health News
12:28 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Forget 10,000 Steps. For Happy Knees, 6,000 Will Do It

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:07 am

Exercise is the easiest way to avoid or reduce the pain of knee arthritis, but most adults aren't getting enough. Six thousand steps a day will do it, researchers say, which is considerably less than the 10,000 steps a day often touted by wellness programs.

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The Salt
12:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 12:39 pm

The Food and Drug Administration official who recently suggested that the wooden boards used to age cheese for centuries may be unsafe probably did not expect to start a cheese storm. But she did.

In a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, FDA dairy safety chief Monica Metz wrote:

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Thu June 12, 2014

President George H.W. Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday With Parachute Jump

Happy birthday, Mr. President.
Bob Levey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:28 pm

Former President George H.W. Bush is spending his 90th birthday doing what many of us might do. Wait — whom am I kidding? He jumped out of a helicopter.

The 41st president sent out this tweet today:

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, was harnessed to Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team. The jump was made near the former president's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

You can watch the jump below, courtesy of local television station WFXT.

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Shots - Health News
11:09 am
Thu June 12, 2014

New Jersey Ambulance Companies Take Medicare For A Ride

Ambulances fill a parking lot at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Paterson, N.J., on May 31.
Andrew Renneisen Courtesy of ProPublica

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:04 am

To grasp Medicare's staggering bill for ambulance rides in New Jersey, just visit the busy parking lot of the DaVita St. Joseph's dialysis clinic in Paterson.

More than 20 ambulances were parked outside on a recent morning there. Emergency medical technicians wheeled patients in and out on stretchers. As soon as one ambulance departed, another took its place.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

British Court Blocks All-Secret Trial For Terrorism Suspects

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Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 3:09 pm

We told you last week about an upcoming trial in Britain that's so secret that little is known about the case – except that it involves terrorism.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Time For Kickoff: World's Attention Focused On World Cup

They are feeling it: Children kick around a soccer ball outside the Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:41 pm

Update at 4:31 p.m. ET

And Brazil does recover, with a goal from star Neymar a few minutes later.

Update at 4:28 p.m. ET

The beautiful game is not so beautiful for Brazil in the early moments of the game: Croatia is ahead 1-0 after an own goal by the home team. It's early, though. Plenty of time for Brazil to recover.

[A tweet from NPR's Russell Lewis in Sao Paulo.]

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET

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All Tech Considered
8:09 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How Dame Shirley Jumped Over Tech's Gender Gap In The 1960s

Amid the calls to "lean in" and endless head-scratching over how technology companies can recruit and retain women, the statistics — and their refusal to budge — are sober reminders that tech still has a gender problem. Women head only 3 percent of startups and represent only 20 percent of software developers.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Send Unified VA Bill To Obama By Late June

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:19 pm

Members of Congress say they are confident of sending a unified version of a bill to overhaul veterans' health care to the president by the end of the month.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Obama: Options Open For Response To Militant Gains In Iraq

ISIS militants at al-Sharqat base north of Tikrit, Iraq. The al-Qaida-linked group has captured Mosul as well as Tikrit. This image came from a video posted by IraqiRevolution, a group that supports ISIS.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:53 pm

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET

The violence in Iraq has intensified today, with al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants moving into areas close to Baghdad after capturing the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Uruguay Soccer Legend Left Off World Cup Guest List

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

Alcides Ghiggia is normally invited to the opening match of the World Cup but he wasn't this year. He scored the winning goal against Brazil in 1950, the last time Brazil hosted the tournament.

Around the Nation
6:19 am
Thu June 12, 2014

University Of Virginia Professor To Be Poet Laureate

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

The Library of Congress is expected to announce on Thursday that Charles Wright, 78, of the University of Virginia will be the nation's next poet laureate.

Sports
5:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

One Day, World Cup May Be Out Of This World

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

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Iraq
5:22 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:41 am

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.

Planet Money
5:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Volatility Index Indicates Wall Street Is Bored

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:40 am

An economic indicator commonly called the VIX, volatility index, is also known as the fear index. Whatever you call it, the index is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis.

Politics
5:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:39 am

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.

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