4:45pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Education

Senate Passes Student Loan Legislation To Lower Interest Rates

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 9:31 am

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After a long wait, the Senate has finally passed student loan legislation. It would restore lower interest rates for undergraduates. Many of them saw their rates double on July 1st when the Senate missed its deadline.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the new measure closely resembles both what the president wanted and what the House has already passed.

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3:18pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Plan B To Hit Shelves, Protected From Generics

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 5:54 pm

The Plan B One-Step morning-after pill will now be available to women as young as 15 without a prescription, and will have another three years of protection from generic competition.
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As expected, the Food and Drug Administration has granted an additional three years of protection from generic competition to the makers of the most popular form of the emergency contraceptive pill,

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2:56pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Principal In Indian Lunch Poisoning Tragedy Is Arrested

Indian children and activists shout anti-government slogans on Saturday as they march to parliament demonstrating against the death of 23 children in Bihar state after they ate poisoned "midday meals."
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More than a week after 23 children in India died after eating an insecticide-laced lunch, the principal in charge of the school's mid-day meal program has been arrested.

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2:53pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Book Reviews

'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

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If you asked me to name my favorite movie scene, I'd choose the one in Citizen Kane when newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane steals his rivals' best reporters, then throws a party in his own honor. As musicians literally sing his praises, we watch Kane dance with chorus girls wearing a look of radiant delight. It's a moment bursting with promise and cockiness and joie de vivre, made all the more exuberant because Kane's pleasure is so obviously shared by Welles himself.

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1:27pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Royal Baby Gets A Name: George Alexander Louis

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:15 pm

Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge on Tuesday as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital in London.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now named their new baby boy: The third in line for the British throne was given the name George Alexander Louis.

"The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge," the crown said in a press release.

By historical standards, this is an expedited naming. In the past, royals have waited weeks to announce a name. Prince Charles' name wasn't known for a month; Prince William's name wasn't made public for seven days.

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1:18pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Salt

Chow Down In Sync With Your Circadian Clock

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:34 pm

The time of day you eat really does make a difference when it comes to health outcomes.
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We've already nudged you this week about the benefits of breakfast. And this got us thinking more about the timing of our meals.

There's a growing body of evidence to suggest that when we eat during a 24-hour cycle is likely more important for our health than we realized.

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1:01pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Author Interviews

After WWII, Europe Was A 'Savage Continent' Of Devastation

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:59 pm

In his latest book, Savage Continent, Keith Lowe takes a look at Europe in the years directly following World War II.
Picador

In the introduction to his book, Savage Continent, Keith Lowe writes:

Imagine a world without institutions. No governments. No school or universities. No access to any information. No banks. Money no longer has any worth. There are no shops, because no one has anything to sell. Law and order are virtually non-existent because there is no police force and no judiciary. Men with weapons roam the streets taking what they want. Women of all classes and ages prostitute themselves for food and protection.

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12:52pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Is 'Through The Worst Of Yesterday's Winds,' Obama Says

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 2:26 pm

President Obama during his address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
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President Obama on Wednesday launched another effort to lay out his vision for how to strengthen the U.S. economy with a midday speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in which he hit themes familiar to those who followed his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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12:47pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Rise Again, Hit Five-Year High

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:35 pm

A new home that was under construction earlier this year in San Mateo, Calif.
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Note added on Aug. 23, 2013: When we wrote this post and its headline — "Sales Of New Homes Rise Again, Hit Five-Year High" — the data said that was true. Now, the agencies that produce the numbers have issued revisions that indicate sales of new homes in June were the second-best in the last five years. Go here to read about that.

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12:44pm

Wed July 24, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The World's Oldest Known Calendar Discovered In Scotland

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 1:11 pm

The moon is one of the most obvious natural indicators that the passing of time follows a pattern and can be tracked in a useful way.
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In general terms, there are two eras that characterize the 200,000 years or so of human presence on Earth: first, and for most of this time, the hunter-gatherers, nomadic groups that roamed the land in search of food and shelter. Then came what we call "civilization," product of the fixation of larger groups around fertile areas. Presumably, the first were the Natufians some time around 10,000 BCE, along the swath of land between Israel and Jordan.

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