10:04am

Fri December 3, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Stay Fit To Reduce Risk Of Stroke

If you want to avoid a stroke, you can start by living a healthier life.

Shed those extra pounds if you're overweight, exercise regularly, eat more fruits and vegetables and less salt, say guidelines just released by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Oh, and don't smoke, please. Although drinking a little wouldn't hurt and might help.

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10:03am

Fri December 3, 2010
It's All Politics

Higher Jobless Rate Adds Fuel To Partisan Battle

Friday morning's report that November's jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percent to 9.8 percent, is shaping up as more fodder for both sides of the partisan debate over taxes and unemployment insurance.

For Republicans, the Labor Department report that the economy generated only 39,000 jobs in November and even lost retailing jobs in the month before Christmas, was another opportunity to condemn the Democratic opposition.

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10:00am

Fri December 3, 2010
The Two-Way

Pakistan's Leaders Debate 'WikiLeaks' Response

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's leadership convened on Friday for a second day -- reportedly to work out a strategy on the embarrassing WikiLeaks disclosures, which are being called "Cable-gate" here. They portray deteriorating relations between the civilian government and the powerful army.

But at the close of the meeting there was no mention of WikiLeaks, though the government insisted there was "complete unanimity" among the state institutions.

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9:15am

Fri December 3, 2010
The Two-Way

The Cubs' Ron Santo, An Inspiring Figure, Has Died

Before we get even more overwhelmed by the day's breaking news, let's pause to remember Ron Santo.

The Chicago Tribune's lead story at this moment begins with this sad news:

"Legendary Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night in Arizona. He was 70."

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8:33am

Fri December 3, 2010
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.8%

The nation's official unemployment rate rose to 9.8% in November from 9.6% in each of the previous three months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

The widely watched "nonfarm payroll employment" figure rose by a much-less-than-expected 39,000, BLS added. At private employers, 50,000 jobs were added -- down from the 160,000-gain in October.

We'll have more from the report shortly, so hit your "refresh" button to see any udpates.

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