Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 4:56 pm
Mammograms don't reduce the number of women dying from breast cancer, according to a large and long-term Canadian study. It's the latest chunk of data to raise questions in an increasingly partisan debate about the use of mammograms to screen for cancer.
Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Here's our critic, Tom Moon.
TOM MOON, BYLINE: If nothing else, Temples has impeccable timing.
U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past.
There's new evidence out today that's raising questions about whether women in their 40's and 50's should routinely undergo mammography to detect breast cancer. A new analysis of a big Canadian study found no evidence that regular mammograms save lives. The study even suggests that for many women, regular breast X-rays may do more harm than good.
NPR's Rob Stein joins us now to talk about this report. It appears in the British medical journal BMJ.
Wednesday in New Orleans, a federal jury convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin on 20 of 21 corruption counts. The two-term mayor was in office when Hurricane Katrina struck and was the public face of the city during the city's rebuilding. Federal prosecutors say that it was during this time he took bribes to steer rebuilding contracts to businessmen.
In the pre-dawn hours this morning in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the earth suddenly opened up and swallowed eight classic cars, eight Corvettes. It was at the National Corvette Museum. Staff were alerted by the security company, which noticed motion detectors going off at the museum and they arrived to find a hole some 40 feet across and some 30 feet deep, a sinkhole.
Katie Frassinelli is communications manager at the Corvette Museum. Welcome to the program.
This has been a season of protest and discontent in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Yesterday, thousands of protesters rallied in several towns demanding the resignation of a regional government. The issues include everything from unemployment to public corruption and government dysfunction. Twenty years ago, Bosnia was the scene of a sectarian civil war that claimed an estimated 100,000 lives.
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.
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And I'm Melissa Block. In Syria, the war torn city of Homs is relatively peaceful for the moment. Government and opposition forces agreed to a brief truce on Friday. The district known as the Old City has been under government siege for nearly two years and food and medicine there are dangerously scarce. Since Friday, the UN has been bringing in supplies while also bringing out civilians who want to leave.
Rosa Finnegan celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday. She was born in 1912 — the year the Titanic sank. She stopped working at 101 and now lives in a nursing home in Massachusetts. Time has gone by fast, she says.
Below are excerpts from Rosa's interview, reported and produced by Ari Daniel and Caitrin Lynch.
Some strategists still see a small window of opportunity to address climate change before the effects become damaging and costly. At least one economist, for example, says we can make a lot of progress if at least half the world agrees to put a price tag on the carbon we dump into the atmosphere.
But some big thinkers also see a grim, potentially dangerous world ahead — one where nations, confronting a climate crisis, will instead reach for a risky technological fix.
School districts typically build emergency days into their calendars in case of bad weather. But this winter's relentless snow and bitter cold have some schools reeling. Now, administrators are scrambling to find creative ways to make up for lost time, even as they prepare for more severe weather. NPR's Cheryl Corley has that story.
CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: What's the most crucial factor when it comes to schools these days? Not tests or transportation or even grades. It's likely this...