4:38pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Pakistani Politician Imran Khan Falls From Lift During Campaign

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 7:20 pm

An Imran Khan supporter prays on Tuesday for his quick recovery after he was rushed to a hospital with head injuries.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is said to be OK after he fell from a lift during a campaign rally in Lahore on Tuesday.

Al-Jazeera reports that Khan "fell 14 feet as he was stepping off an improvised forklift that was raising him to the top of the platform."

Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or PTI, party, was shown bleeding from the head after the fall.

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4:10pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Dow Jones Closes Above 15,000 For First Time

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:24 pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 15,000 on Tuesday for the first time in its history.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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3:19pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been a proponent of school vouchers.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a loss today: It agreed with a lower court that his method of funding private school tuition through vouchers was unconstitutional.

For the past year, explains the AP, Jindal's administration has used "money earmarked for public schools in the state's Minimum Foundation Program to pay for private school tuition."

In a 6-1 vote, the court decided the funding mechanism was unconstitutional.

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3:18pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Author Interviews

'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She recounts her experiences growing up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City, in her memoir Stuffed.
Random House

Patricia Volk's mother was beautiful in a way that stopped people on the street. Strangers compared her to Lana Turner and Grace Kelly. She was stylish and vain: Her beauty and its preservation mattered to her. "She had an icy blond beauty, an imperious kind of beauty," Volk tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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3:10pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Says U.S. And South Korea Stand Firm Against Pyongyang

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:35 pm

President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye after a news conference at the White House on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

President Obama says the United States and South Korea are determined to stand firm against North Korean threats and that the days of Pyongyang manufacturing a crisis to get international concessions "are over."

In a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Obama said the two leaders "very much share the view that we are going to maintain a strong deterrent" against North Korea.

"We're not going to reward provocative behavior, but we remain open to the prospect of North Korea taking a peaceful path," he said.

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3:08pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

What's In A Flu Name? H's And N's Tell A Tale

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:28 am

Influenza covers it's shell with two types of accessories: the H spike, blue, and the N spike, red. Here the flu particle is sliced open to show its genetic material.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

In biology, you can't get much simpler than viruses.

They stick onto cells, pop open and then dump their genes inside to reproduce.

But the naming of viruses isn't so easy to follow.

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2:52pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Salt

Why Britain Has Gone Mad About Baking

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:51 pm

Where the streets are lined with cake: This royal-themed cake was served during a street party in South London last June as part of celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

The first rule of cake club is: You ONLY talk about cake.

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2:39pm

Tue May 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Feds Say Debt Settlement Firm Defrauded 'Financially Desperate'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:33 pm

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara addresses the media on Tuesday during a news conference on the indictment of Mission Settlement Agency.
John Moore Getty Images

The work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal oversight agency established by Dodd-Frank three years ago, has resulted in its first criminal referral — a case against a debt-settlement company it says defrauded thousands of people.

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2:34pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Movies

Scorsese Talks 'The Language Of Cinema'

Animated as ever when it comes to the topic of film, director Martin Scorsese delivers the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Kennedy Center on April 1.
NIcholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Martin Scorsese is a legend of a director — and he's also a great film teacher, a man who balances a passion for the medium with a deep knowledge of its history. Delivering this year's installment of the National Endowment for the Humanities' prestigious Jefferson Lecture — a talk he titled "Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema" — Scorsese demonstrated his speaking chops as well.

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2:15pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Monkey See

At The Met Ball, Those Are Some Crazy Dresses

Beyonce, complete with thigh-high boots to match.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Monday night was the big night for unusual dresses (you may remember a previous post about Madonna's bunny ears): the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as the "Met Ball." It had a loose punk theme (because the costume exhibit it's celebrating is punk-centric), but everyone got up to quite a bit of her own thing.

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