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Thu July 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

In A Fish-Eat-Fish World, Order Asian Carp And Lionfish To Save The Rest

Salty invasion: Asian carp (top), wild tilapia, lionfish, and European green crabs at a James Beard House event on Wednesday.
Courtesy of Food & Water Watch

From doctors to the government, everyone seems to be telling us to eat more seafood because it's nutritious and can be good for our hearts.

But environmental groups have made choosing fish a bit more complicated by reminding us that many species are overfished, contaminated or farmed under sketchy conditions.

Now there's a new variable, but one that may simplify the proposition. Is the fish on the menu an invasive species?

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Thu July 7, 2011
It's All Politics

In First Iowa Ad, Bachmann Touts Roots And Raps 'Wasteful Spending'

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) keeps things simple in her first TV ad in Iowa, which her presidential campaign says starts airing there today.

-- Remind folks you're from the state. Check.

-- Let them know a little about yourself. Check.

-- Vow to fight "wasteful" spending. Check.

-- Make clear you opposed the president's economic stimulus plan. Check.

Here's the script:

"As a descendant of generations of Iowans, I was born and raised in Waterloo.

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Thu July 7, 2011

Some Russians Happy To Back Status Quo In Election

Sixteen months out from the 2012 election, U.S. presidential campaigns are already in hyperdrive. There have been debates, stump speeches and attack ads, and the candidates are obsessed with winning over voters.

Russia also has a presidential election next year, but it's a very different kind of democracy. Russia will choose a president sooner, in March, but right now there's no visible campaign. And it's no secret that President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will essentially decide the winner behind closed doors.

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Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Minnesota Shutdown Will Cost State Millions A Day

While the cost of Minnesota's government shutdown won't be fully known until the people who calculate such things get back to work, the AP has started looking at some numbers.

It reports:

Minnesota stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in the nation's only state government shutdown, as lottery tickets go un-purchased, tax cheats go un-pursued and 22,000 laid-off state workers collect unemployment and health benefits.

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Thu July 7, 2011
NPR Story

Perp Walk: The History Of Parading Suspects

Michele Norris talks with David Krajicek about the history of the so-called perp walk — and why law enforcement uses it, particularly in New York City. They discuss why the media is drawn to these and talk about some famous perp walks in the U.S.