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2:57pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Latest Figures On Obesity Paint An Uglier Picture

The darker the color, the larger the proportion of the population that is obese. In the darkest brown counties, more than 30 percent of people are obese, according to 2008 data.
CDC

Too many Americans weigh more than is good for them. What else is new, right?

We learned less than two weeks ago that rates of obesity worsened in 16 states last year, and not one state showed improvement.

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2:49pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Woman Pays $10,000 For 'Non-Visible' Work Of Art

The actor James Franco is standing next to his art work. You can't see it, of course, because it exists only in his head.
MONA

We've all seen strange reactions to the abstract pieces of art. Think about how many times you've heard, "I could do that in an afternoon," to a Jackson Pollack or a "really someone paid for that?" to a Marc Rothko.

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2:45pm

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Virginia Man Accused Of Secretly Lobbying For Pakistan

The Justice Department has charged an American citizen with acting as an agent for Pakistan, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai of Fairfax, Va., is specifically accused of lobbying members of Congress in a bid to influence U.S. policy in the dispute with India over Kashmir, without properly registering his activities.

Fai, 62, allegedly accepted more than $4 million over the past two decades from straw donors working on behalf of Pakistani intelligence services. He was arrested this morning, the Justice Department says.

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2:30pm

Tue July 19, 2011
World Cafe

Chris Bathgate On World Cafe

Michigan singer-songwriter Chris Bathgate performs on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Chris Bathgate is a singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, Mich., whose melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. His stark yet lovely new album, Salt Year, has been compared to like-minded songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham.

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2:23pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Religion

Philly Archbishop Retires Amid Sex Abuse Report

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced his retirement Tuesday. For the past five months, Rigali has been dogged by claims that he may have protected questionable priests.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

The Vatican has appointed an outspoken archbishop to lead the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Charles Chapu of Denver will move to Philadelphia in September. He succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who has been criticized for the way he's handled child sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Denies Scandal Affected Retirement Decision

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