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5:38am

Sat August 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Don't Get In A Pickle: Learn To Can Food Safely

Canning your own food is a timeworn practice that's back in vogue.
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Call it a reaction to high food prices, food recalls, and a bad economy. Or just call it retro chic. But there's no doubt canning is newly trendy among people who a couple of years ago probably didn't give much thought to what goes into a jar.

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5:27am

Sat August 13, 2011
Books

New Prose Revitalize 'Literary Brooklyn'

Sometimes, when walking Brooklyn's streets, it doesn't feel as if its literary past is haunting. Rather, its literary soul is still alive and pulsating. Brooklyn is a world unto itself and a writer's enclave.

Walt Whitman had his office at the Daily Eagle near the Fulton Ferry dock. Hart Crane wrote his masterpiece about Brooklyn's masterpiece, the bridge. Henry Miller's beloved Williamsburg is further north along the East River and has its own bridge.

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5:05am

Sat August 13, 2011
It's All Politics

Are Michele Bachmann's Best Days On Campaign Trail Nearly Past?

Rep. Michele Bachmann greets a voter in Pella, Iowa.
Liz Halloran NPR

DES MOINES — These sunny August days in Iowa may prove to be Michele Bachmann's best as a GOP presidential candidate.

On the eve of the state's Republican straw poll in Ames, where she is expected to either win or place, the Minnesota congresswoman hop-scotched central Iowa.

She charmed about 100 supporters and the curious in the tidy, Dutch-and-proud town of Pella, and drew easily the largest crowd of any GOP candidates speaking at the Iowa State Fair.

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4:39am

Sat August 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Tribal Rights Hinder Child Support For Mothers

Christina Brown has had little luck getting child support from her ex-husband, who is a member of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Tribal governments and any employee of a tribal firm, including casinos, are not obligated to follow state child support orders that allow the government to garnish the wages of a parent who refuses to pay.
Carlos Puma California Watch and KQED

Collecting child support can be difficult for many mothers, but if the father is Native American, it can be nearly impossible.

Tribes are sovereign nations and don't have to comply with court-ordered child support payments. But some states, including California, are beginning to work with tribes to make sure those payments get to mothers.

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4:38am

Sat August 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Adventure, Equality Draw Women To The Coast Guard

Originally published on Sat August 13, 2011 10:56 am

The Coast Guard Academy class of 2015 is about one-third women.
Kimberly R. Smith Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

This summer, Rear Adm. Sandy Stosz took over as superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, becoming the first woman to run a military academy in the nation's history.

This year's class is about one-third women, a higher percentage than at any of the other military academies. The Coast Guard is the only military service where woman can do any type of job, and that's a big appeal for many.

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