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8:13 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

Build a cardiac catheterization lab and doctors will tend to use it, even if treatment with drugs alone would suffice.
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Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 8:38 am

Why do some doctors keep performing expensive medical procedures after it becomes apparent there are cheaper and equally safe ways to treat patients? A study of cardiac procedures in Michigan takes a crack at this question, and while it comes up short on definitive answers, it has some provocative findings.

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It's All Politics
8:13 am
Wed May 2, 2012

As Gingrich Leaves Stage, Obama Campaign Says Thanks For The Memories

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 10:08 am

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:07 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Physics Vs. Philosophy: Really?

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Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 9:15 am

An unfortunate controversy has been unfolding the last few weeks over the relationship (or lack thereof) between physics and philosophy. Adam wrote about this yesterday, providing excellent context for the discussion.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Wed May 2, 2012

We Had Dinner With Bin Laden In 2010, Men Tell BBC

Following the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, the image of the al-Qaida leader was one of a man in hiding, watching himself on videos and plotting.
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The story that Osama bin Laden never left his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the last five years of his life takes a hit with word from the BBC about a dinner the al-Qaida leader reportedly attended in the summer of 2010.

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Opinion
7:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Foreign Policy: China's Left Behind Children

A father says goodbye to his child at the West Railway Station on Jan. 7, 2012 in Beijing, China. China's railways brace themselves each year as millions of migrant laborers leave cities for their native villages to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
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Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian are freelance journalists based in New York City.

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Business
7:25 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Virgin Atlantic Puts Richard Branson On Ice

The airline is molding ice cubes into Richard Branson's image to promote the in-flight bar.

Around the Nation
7:16 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Thousands Of Bees Removed From New Jersey Home

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed May 2, 2012

'Afghan Good Enough' May Be Best U.S. And Allies Can Do

During his brief visit to Afghanistan, President Obama spoke to troops at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.
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Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:29 am

Among the day-after analyses of President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan and the new pact about U.S.-Afghan relations is this from Anthony Cordesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.:

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Afghanistan
6:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Taliban Claims Responsibility For Kabul Attack

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

News is slowly spreading across Afghanistan of President Obama's midnight visit to Kabul. And Afghans woke up this morning to a darker kind of news as well - that car bomb attack on a foreign aid compound little more than a mile from where the two presidents met hours earlier. NPR Kabul bureau chief Quil Lawrence joins me here in Kabul.

And let's start with this morning's attack. Tell us what you know about it at this point in time.

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