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3:16 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Former President Bill Clinton answers questions Wednesday from Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:50 pm

Bill Clinton says he was "dumbfounded" by Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent comments about Hillary Clinton's brain. But the former president was hardly left speechless.

"First they say she was faking her concussion; now they say she's auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead," Clinton said on Wednesday when asked about Rove's remark that Hillary may have suffered "brain damage" from a fall in 2012.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

A Taiwanese bicycle factory in Ho Chi Minh City burns after mobs angered over Chinese moves in the South China Sea mistakenly targeted the facility, thinking it was Chinese owned.
Jeff Nesmith AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:34 pm

Mobs in southern Vietnam — angered by China's placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters — have torched scores of foreign-owned factories. Meanwhile, Beijing has reportedly begun construction on an airstrip in an island chain also claimed by the Philippines.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

Jill Abramson
Evan Agostini AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:57 pm

This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The New York Times is replacing Executive Editor Jill Abramson with Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor.

Abramson, who took the top spot at the newspaper in 2011, was the first woman to hold that job.

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Shots - Health News
2:33 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Actress Joan Gardner was a beautiful sleeper. But she probably wasn't a lucid dreamer. The ability is quite rare.
Sasha Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:25 pm

Oh, to be a lucid dreamer!

To be fast asleep at 3:30 a.m. and then realize: I'm in a dream. I can walk up these stairs, jump off the porch and start flying. Why not? It's a dream.

Lucid dreams have lit up the big screen in movies, such as Pan's Labyrinth and Inception. But the ability to control dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams, is quite rare in real life.

Now German neuroscientists have taken a step toward giving this elusive power to some run-of-the mill dreamers.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
1:54 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Debate: Is Death Final?

Sean Carroll (left) and Steven Novella argue that testimonies about near-death experiences are not evidence of an afterlife.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:11 pm

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Is there some form of existence after death, or is the notion a product of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

These questions have fascinated humans for millennia. Many approach the concept of an afterlife as a religious one, but in a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, a physicist and three medical doctors put faith aside to debate life after death from a scientific perspective.

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The Salt
1:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

For The Win(e): U.S. Passes France As World's Top Wine Consumer

Yeah, Americans drank way more than that.
Erik Schelzig AP

We don't typically pity the French, what with their pantries full of fine cheese, meats and wine.

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Parallels
12:32 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

In Tragic Twist To Poignant Tale, Oscar-Winning Director Commits Suicide

Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul spent four years and all his money making the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades but didn't know it. The film won an Oscar last year. Bendjelloul, 36, was found dead in Sweden on Tuesday.
Anders Wiklund AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 9:53 pm

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul spent several years and all his money to make a moving documentary about an American singer, Sixto Rodriguez, who was unknown in the U.S. yet somehow became a legend in South Africa.

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National Security
11:50 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Reporter Glenn Greenwald speaks to reporters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2013, just days after publishing a series of reports about the NSA's mass surveillance programs.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:24 pm

When Edward Snowden was ready to leak the classified documents he'd stolen from the National Security Agency, the first journalist he contacted was Glenn Greenwald. Snowden knew of Greenwald through his coverage of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping scandal, and he said he believed Greenwald could be counted on to understand the dangers of mass surveillance and not back down in the face of government pressure.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Kids Hurt After Bounce House Soars High In The Air

An eyewitness photo shows an inflatable playhouse being blown high in the air. Two boys were seriously injured when they fell out at 15 feet, and a girl who fell out at a lower height also was hurt. Proceeds from the licensing of this image are being donated to the kids' families.
Poststar.com

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 6:30 am

Two kindergartners were seriously hurt after the "bounce house" they were playing in was sent high into the air by a strong gust of wind Monday in upstate New York. Both children needed to be hospitalized after falling out of the inflatable playhouse.

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Can I Just Tell You?
11:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

'Too Crisp And Self-Assured?' Take It As A Compliment, Ladies

Newscaster Barbara Walters prepares for her debut on ABC's evening news on October 4, 1976.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:41 pm

A shout out to Barbara Walters on the occasion of her last official week on the air. Her Friday appearance on The View, the talk show she founded, is scheduled to be her last regular appearance on the air.

While we could certainly spend the next few minutes paying tribute to her for all the juicy scoops she has landed and all the glass ceilings she has busted, what I really want to do is point out what her life story has to do with another ongoing story — the plight of the kidnapped Nigerian girls whose ordeal enters its fourth week.

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U.S.
11:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Black, Gay And Scared Of Sex

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:39 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Around the Nation
11:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Jay Z Has Another Problem To Add To His 99

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:25 am

Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

The Protojournalist
11:16 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The 2014 Club Sandwich Index

Monkey Business Images iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:06 am

The club sandwich — a mouthwatering mélange of meats, cheeses and salad greens double-stacked among three slices of mayo-slathered bread or toast — is a portable picnic for one. A movable feast.

"I order a club sandwich all the time," the late comedian Mitch Hedberg quipped. "And I'm not even a member."

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Wed May 14, 2014

San Diego County Explains 'Offending Words' In Fire Message

Smoke rises from a canyon in San Diego where a wildfire raged on Tuesday. County officials say they're investigating how a rogue message appeared in their emergency app.
AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:42 pm

Fire officials in San Diego are hoping they've seen the worst of a wildfire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of an odd message in an alert that stated, "fire in your pants."

The blaze caused evacuation calls to go out to residents, schools and businesses in an exclusive area of San Diego County. No injuries or structural damage has been reported so far.

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Shots - Health News
10:39 am
Wed May 14, 2014

MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus

Fear of MERS is prompting Saudis to wear mouth and nose masks, like this man on the street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 11:43 am

The virus with the mysterious name has been making headlines this spring, with a mysterious increase in cases. Here's an update on what we know about MERS.

What is it? Middle East respiratory syndrome, a new and potentially fatally virus from the same family as the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome virus (SARS).

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