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4:20pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Brief Federal Shutdown Wouldn't Faze Medicare Or Medicaid

If the current budget standoff on Capitol Hill leads to a shutdown of the federal government on Friday, recipients of the Medicare and Medicaid health programs won't have to worry. At least not for a while.

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4:05pm

Wed April 6, 2011
World

Response To Arab Uprisings Causes U.S.-Saudi Rift

Defense Secretary Robert Gates spent a few hours in Riyadh on Wednesday, to thaw deeply damaged relations Gates is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Saudi Arabia since the wave of uprisings began in the Arab world.

Those uprisings have sparked tensions in U.S.-Saudi relations. In a rare open disagreement with the Obama administration, King Abdullah chastised the president for abandoning Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally.

The Saudis have since developed a more aggressive regional policy.

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3:20pm

Wed April 6, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Cut The Head,' But 'The Animal Is Still Alive,' Tunisian Activist Says

So much has happened in the five months since, that it sometimes gets forgotten that the changes sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East began last December in Tunisia.

It was there that protests against the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali left more than 200 people dead before he gave up power in January. Protesters in Egypt and elsewhere say they were inspired in part by what they saw happen in Tunisia.

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3:09pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Gadhafi To Obama: Stop 'War'; Good Luck In Election

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to President Obama on Wednesday to halt what the Libyan leader called "an unjust war" and wished Obama good luck in his bid for re-election next year.

In a rambling, three-page letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implored Obama to stop the NATO-led air campaign, which he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

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3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Brain Protein Gone Awry Provides Schizophrenia Clue

The scientific leap from the wild hallucinations and delusions that mark schizophrenia to changes in the brain at the molecular level is a huge one.

Researchers who've been working to define the connection are pretty sure of one thing, though. There are lots of pathways that lead to schizophrenia, each one with many steps.

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