5:12pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Law

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty To Misusing Campaign Cash

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to using about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

5:12pm

Wed February 20, 2013
U.S.

Breakthrough Prize Awards Research To Cure Disease

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Melissa Block speaks with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple chairman Art Levinson about the multimillion-dollar prize they've created with other Silicon Valley illuminati to award advancements in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. Eleven scientists have been named winners of the Breakthrough Prize this year.

5:01pm

Wed February 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Republicans Make 'Benghazi' A Frequent Refrain

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:02 pm

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., confer at the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week on the appointments of military leaders. McCain and Graham have been among the Republicans pushing the Obama administration for answers about the Benghazi attack.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The White House hopes the Senate will confirm Chuck Hagel next week as defense secretary.

Republicans delayed the vote for the same reason they scuttled Susan Rice's bid to be secretary of state: Benghazi.

The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya. And Benghazi has since become a rallying cry for Republicans.

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4:41pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Business

For The Publicly Traded, Going Private Can Be Risky Business

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Dell's founder and another tech company have announced plans to take the computer giant private. While companies can benefit from withdrawing from the stock market, there are potential pitfalls as well.
Paul Sakuma AP

It's been a busy month for corporate America.

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4:20pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Book Reviews

'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

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Food doesn't matter much in novels. Years will pass in a person's life without a single description of a snack. Not a moment between adverbs for a taco. No wonder so many characters in contemporary fiction are glum: They're not hopeless; they're hungry.

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4:16pm

Wed February 20, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Universe Or universe? It All Depends On The Multiverse

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 12:41 pm

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Sometimes behind what appears to be a mere grammatical issue hides a much deeper question of meaning.

The reader can easily check, after glancing at a handful of books and articles, including here at 13.7, that the word "universe" sometimes is capitalized and sometimes not. How is that decided, exactly? And who decides it? A choice is being made every time an author (or, more realistically, an editor) refers to the cosmos as "Universe" or as "universe." Let's ponder the reasoning behind this choice.

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4:11pm

Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Will Not Cooperate With USADA Doping Probe

Lance Armstrong, during the interview with Oprah Winfrey that was recorded Monday and began airing Thursday night.
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Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with a United States Anti-Doping Agency probe into doping in the cycling world.

Bloomberg reports Armstrong missed a deadline set by USADA today. Armstrong's lawyer said he would not cooperate because the probe was too narrow.

Bloomberg adds:

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4:06pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Outline What Insurers Must Cover, Down To Polyp Removal

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:41 am

Colonoscopy copay? Zero.
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The Obama administration on Wednesday released its final rule on essential health benefits, which sets out the coverage insurers must offer starting in 2014.

Insurers must cover 10 broad categories of care, including emergency services, maternity care, hospital and doctors' services, mental health and substance abuse care and prescription drugs.

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3:57pm

Wed February 20, 2013
Afghanistan

The Afghan Battle Over A Law To Protect Women

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:11 pm

Students in Kabul protest violence against women in Kabul last fall. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 protecting women's rights, but parliament has not passed a law making the decree permanent.
Mohammad Ismail Reuters/Landov

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 banning violence against women. But the parliament, which is currently on its winter recess, has been unable to pass it and give it permanence as a law.

There's major disagreement on key provisions where Islamic and secular law come into conflict. And activists say the gains made in women's rights since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 are slipping away.

Masooda Karokhi, a female member of parliament, has been pushing to get the proposal through the male-dominated legislature.

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3:57pm

Wed February 20, 2013
It's All Politics

Romney To Return To Political Scene For CPAC Speech

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:05 pm

Mitt Romney spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2012. The former Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to speak to the group again next month.
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Mitt Romney will make his return to the political world at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, the host American Conservative Union announced Wednesday.

"The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections," ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. "We look forward to hearing Governor Romney's comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement."

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