10:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Europe

Young, Racially-Mixed Working Class Fuels U.K. Uproar

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 1:33 pm

Youths throw bricks at police in this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 photo during unrest in Enfield, north London. Nearly 1,200 people have been arrested since the riots erupted Saturday, mostly poor youths from a broad section of Britain's many races and ethnicities. Britain is bitterly divided on the reasons behind the riots.
Karel Prinsloo AP

More than 16,000 police officers flooded into London streets Wednesday, but unrest has spread to other cities. To learn what the country looks like now, which groups of people are rioting, and what political leaders can do to possibly end riots, guest host Allison Keyes speaks with a London-based reporter, and the founder of Britain's Operation Black Vote.

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9:58am

Wed August 10, 2011
Author Interviews

The Double-Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs

Hugh Herr is a biophysicist and rock climber. He is the holder or co-holder of 10 patents related to prosthetic devices.
Len Rubenstein Crown Business

Hugh Herr's legs were amputated below his knees in 1982 after a climbing accident. From his knees down to the floor, he's completely artificial.

"I'm titanium, carbon, silicon, a bunch of nuts and bolts," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "My limbs that I wear have 12 computers, five sensors and muscle-like actuator systems that able me to move throughout my day."

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9:55am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Debt 'Super Committee' Nearly Complete, At 9 Members

The new "Debt Supercommittee" created by the recent deficit ceiling deal now has 9 of its 12 members, as House Speaker John Boehner says Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas will co-chair the new committee, according to the AP.

The panel's task will be to create a bipartisan plan for cutting the federal deficit by around $1.5 trillion. That money could come from a combination of spending cuts and raising revenue.

If the panel fails to reach an agreement, automatic cuts would be made — and the automated cuts were crafted to be unpalatable to both of the major political parties.

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9:45am

Wed August 10, 2011
Politics

Think You Know Iowa? Five Things You've Got Wrong

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Call it what you will — an August Occasion, Summery Judgment, Iowa ... wa ... whatever — the hype is hyperbolic this week as Republican presidential aspirants converge on Ames, Iowa, like storm clouds on an open prairie. The candidates will debate Thursday night at Iowa State University and then be subjected to a straw poll on Saturday.

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9:37am

Wed August 10, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Music's Soothing Notes Can Help Cancer Patients Chill Out

A study suggests that listening to music is a simple way for cancer patients and their families to help manage stress.
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Music therapy for cancer sounds like the ultimate in New Age woo-woo. But a respected medical journal now says that listening music can indeed help relieve the suffering caused by cancer and cancer treatments.

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9:17am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

'Bear Woman' Of Mendicino Cuts Plea Deal; Home Was Day Spa For Bears

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 10:44 am

"Bear Woman" Lynne Gravier turned her ranch home into something of a luxury resort for more than a dozen bears, like this young California black bear, seen here in a tree in Los Angeles last year.
Mike Meadows AP

It's illegal to feed the bears in California. So what to do with Mendocino County's "Bear Woman," who remade her home into something of a luxury resort for more than a dozen bears? Before the authorities stepped in, Lynne Gravier was reportedly feeding them as much as 6,000 pounds of corn each month.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports,

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8:46am

Wed August 10, 2011
Planet Money

Are Stocks Cheap Or Expensive Right Now? Maybe Neither.

Forget, if you can, the day-to-day craziness in the stock market. Here's a broader question: After the big declines of the past several months, are stocks cheap? Are they still expensive?

By one measure, stock prices are not particularly high or low — they're valued very close to their 50-year average, as Jason Zweig pointed his latest WSJ column.

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7:59am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Stock Markets Fall Sharply In Early Trading

U.S. stocks stumbled out of the gate Wednesday, falling more than 300 points in the first few minutes of trading.

The sharp drop came despite a rally that buoyed U.S. indexes Tuesday, and rallies from the European and Asian markets Wednesday. Global investors seemed to take heart in the Federal Reserve's pledge to maintain low interest rates and stabilize the U.S. economy.

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7:58am

Wed August 10, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Big Spenders With Private Insurance Found In Unexpected Places

Ocean City, N.J. has among the high medical spending from people with private insurance.
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Quick: Where do insured Americans spend the most on health care? Miami? Los Angeles?

Nope. It's Anderson, Ind., where people with employer-provided insurance spent an average of $7,231 on medical treatments per year. That's according to an analysis of 382 metropolitan areas by Thomson Reuters, a consulting firm that has one of the biggest databases of insurance claims from employers.

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7:53am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Woman's Leap To Safety Become An Iconic Image Of London Riots

After hearing people shout that a woman was about to jump from a burning building, photographer Amy Weston snapped this image of the woman's leap to safety.
Amy Weston WENN

An arresting image of a woman jumping into the arms of riot police has become a sensation, as the stark silhouette of her leaping figure against a background of bright flames captures a dramatic moment in Britain's riots. At least five of Britain's largest newspapers used the photo on their front pages Tuesday.

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