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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7:35am

Wed August 10, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Solidarity Amid Anarchy In UK

A toy is abandoned by a burning car and garbage bins in Hackney, east London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. Violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Maria Margaronis writes from The Nation's London bureau.

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7:19am

Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate

America's new poet laureate, Philip Levine, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Here, he's seen in a file photo at the San Joaquin River Center in Fresno, Calif.
Gary Kazanjian AP

America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.

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7:04am

Wed August 10, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Republicans Repel Democrats, Retain State Senate Control

Wisconsin state capitol, March 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

It was certainly closer than Wisconsin's Republicans would have preferred, but in the end they successfully repelled Democrats who sought to wrest away control of the state Senate and break GOP dominance over the Badger State's government.

Democrats fell one Senate seat short of the three they needed to take over that chamber in the state's largest recall election ever in which six seats were contested.

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6:50am

Wed August 10, 2011
Europe

Cameron Promises Order As British Rioting Continues

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:34 am

Police collect evidence at the scene where three people were killed after being struck by a vehicle in the Winson Green area on Aug. 10 in Birmingham, England. The three men were allegedly trying to protect local stores from looters.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed Wednesday to do "whatever is necessary" to halt massive riots that have swept London and other major cities in recent days — the worst such violence to hit the country in decades.

A wave of arson and looting that started in parts of London on Saturday has spread to other cities, including Manchester and Birmingham.

Cameron, who has recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots, said police have drawn up contingency plans to "do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets.

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6:48am

Wed August 10, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Downgrade Good As Gold, Literally

Since 1937, Colombia has been the largest producer of gold for the United States. Investors are turning to gold as the the economy struggles.
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Elizabeth Dickinson is a freelance journalist and former assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy.

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