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2:02pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Health

Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 6:17 pm

In one of the print ads in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Strong4Life campaign, a young girl says she doesn't like going to school, because "all the other kids pick on me. It hurts my feelings."
Courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

2:01pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Planet Money

People Want More Coins, That's A Good Sign For The Economy

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 3:40 pm

Demand for quarter, dimes, nickels, and pennies was up this year.
AP

All the instability in the global economy this year has been good for the United States Mint. People in search of a safe place to put their money have been buying gold and silver coins in record numbers.

"Precious metal coins were up $800 million dollars last year and that's approximately thirty some percent," says Richard Peterson, deputy director of the Mint.

According the the Mint's annual report, they sold 45.2 million ounces of gold and silver coins in 2011.

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1:39pm

Mon January 9, 2012
It's All Politics

In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 5:00 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the press after speaking at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., on Jan. 9.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.

The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. He came out in favor of free enterprise and job creation and got really cross with the Chinese for currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.

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1:39pm

Mon January 9, 2012
World

Iran Cultivates Friends In Washington's Backyard

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 3:47 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he is welcomed by Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua (at right, wearing glasses and tie) at the airport in Caracas on Sunday. Ahmadinejad is on a five-day tour aimed at shoring up ties in Latin America.
Juan Barret AFP/Getty Images

Isolated by the West because of Iran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is turning to close allies in the Americas for diplomatic support.

He kicked off his four-nation tour of Latin America on Monday in Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, accuses the U.S. of trying to dominate the world. Ahmadinejad's next stops are Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador — all sharply critical of Washington's foreign policy.

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1:25pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Millions Of Prescriptions Will No Longer Be Filled At Walgreens

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 4:29 pm

A customer walks out of a Walgreens store in New York City.
Adam Rountree Bloomberg via Getty Images

To life's many small irritations, you might add filling prescriptions.

Starting this year, many Americans may be surprised to find that their local Walgreens pharmacy is no longer in their network. That's because of a contract dispute between the nation's largest drugstore chain and a company that manages prescriptions for health insurance companies.

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