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12:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

U.S. Moves To Halt AB InBev's Purchase Of Grupo Modelo

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:57 am

A $20.1 billion merger of beer conglomerates is now delayed, after the U.S. Justice Department sued to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of Mexico's dominant brewer, Grupo Modelo, Thursday. The agency's antitrust division says the two corporations haven't done enough to protect consumers.

The deal would put Corona, Bud Light, Stella Artois, and other popular beers under the same corporate umbrella, ending the competition that Justice officials say has resulted in lower prices. The Mexican government approved the merger last November.

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It's All Politics
12:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

For Asian-Americans, Immigration Backlogs Are A Major Hurdle

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:40 pm

Although the national conversation about immigration policy tends to focus on Latinos, it is Asian-Americans who encounter some of the knottiest challenges facing immigrants and immigration reformers.

Of the five countries with the longest backlogs for visas, four are in Asia.

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Shots - Health News
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Should Medicare Pay For Alzheimer's Scans?

The loss of contrast between gray and white matter in this brain scan indicates a high uptake of Amyvid and the presence of amyloid plaques.
Eli Lilly & Co. and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:18 pm

Though increasingly common, Alzheimer's disease still isn't all that easy to diagnose, especially in its early stages.

Forgetfulness and other signs of dementia can be caused by lots of things other than Alzheimer's. Sometimes the symptoms are fleeting or normal in the context of a person's age. But at other times these symptoms mark the dark path of Alzheimer's.

Doctors' standard approach to diagnosis includes taking a medical history of the patient, assessing mental function and administering various neurological and lab tests.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Portugal's Monster: The Mechanics Of A Massive Wave

American surfer Garrett "GMAC" McNamara rides what could be, if confirmed, the biggest wave conquered in history as a crowd watches Monday in Nazare, Portugal.
To Mane Barcroft Media /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:07 am

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The Salt
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Oh, Baby: Squeezable Snacks Might Be Tough On The Teeth

Squeeze me with caution.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 1:15 pm

Those squeeze pouches full of organic pureed food in clever combos like plum, berry and barley have become a lifesaver for busy parents.

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Citing Progress, White House Disbands Jobs Council

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:43 am

The White House said today that it would not extend the term of its jobs council, a group of high-profile executives tapped for advice on how to improve the country's jobs situation.

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Monkey See
12:34 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Doing The Work: What '30 Rock' Meant For Women On Television

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:04 am

I have never considered Liz Lemon a feminist icon of any kind, nor have I ever considered 30 Rock especially strong when it comes to gender politics.

I don't care for the obsessive joke-making about how Liz is ugly/mannish/old/awkward, and I haven't always been comfortable with the way some of the "she's baby-crazy!" or "she's relationship-crazy!" comedy has played. I was ambivalent about the way the Jezebel parody and the "women aren't funny" storylines were executed.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Stop Ignoring Head Trauma: Turn Off The Super Bowl

The brain of former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, showed signs of the kind of neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma.
Elsa Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:44 am

The grim headlines just keep coming. This week it's former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey. Age 66, Dempsey suffers from dementia. During his football career he endured three diagnosed concussions and, almost certainly, several undiagnosed ones. As The New York Times notes, his neurologist was "astonished by the amount of damage" visible on Dempsey's brain scans.

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Alt.Latino
12:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Strange Trip: 5 Songs That Transport You

Teri Gender Bender (of Le Butcherettes) has joined the ranks of Bosnian Rainbows, a group featuring members of The Mars Volta.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:04 am

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Hemphill, Texas, honors the Columbia crew and its legacy

Events marking the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster are being held across East Texas. Three days of events are under way in Hemphill, Texas. Belinda Gay, president of the Sabine County Columbia Memorial Committee, said Columbia is part of the fabric of her life. She was a volunteer searcher for wreckage and a meal coordinator for thousands of recovery workers who descended on her town.

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