5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Gut Microbes May Play Deadly Role In Malnutrition

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:44 am

Researchers followed 300 sets of twins in Malawi for the first three years of their life. In many cases, only one twin developed severe malnutrition, while the other remained healthier.
Photograph courtesy of Tanya Yatsunenko

There's a part of our body that's only now getting mapped: the trillions of microbes, mostly bacteria, that live in our guts.

Some scientists describe this community as a previously unnoticed vital organ. It appears to play a role in how quickly we gain weight and how well we fight off disease.

A study published in the journal Science suggests that changes in this community of microbes also may cause kwashiorkor, a kind of deadly malnutrition.

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5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Music News

Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia.
Samir Ljuma for NPR

The jazz musician Butch Morris was beloved by his fellow musicians and acclaimed by critics and fans for his ability to conduct improvisation. While that may sound like a contradiction, Morris pulled it off — with jazz musicians and symphony orchestras around the world.

A resident of New York City, he died yesterday in a Brooklyn hospital of cancer. He was 65 years old.

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5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Food

Folding Empanadas Into Your Super Bowl Spread

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 6:47 pm

For chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, watching football on television as a boy also meant snacking on his mother's homemade empanadas.
Jason Varney

Say "Super Bowl" to Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, and he instantly recalls winter Sundays growing up in Chicago. "While my dad and two brothers and I were watching a Bears football game, empanadas would just appear in front of my lap," he tells All Things Considered for the Found Recipe series.

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5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics

Kerry's Temporary Senate Replacement Doesn't Plan To Run For The Seat

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

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Today, many in Massachusetts are asking themselves who is Mo Cowan? That's because he'll soon be the state's newest senator. William Mo Cowan is former chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval, who chose him to take the seat being vacated by Senator John Kerry, the incoming secretary of State.

As NPR's Tovia Smith reports, Cowan will serve on an interim basis until a special election in June.

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5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Sports

Alex Rodriguez Among MLB Players Tied To Doping Through 'Anti-Aging' Clinic

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

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And I'm Audie Cornish. And we swear this is not a headline from 2009 or 2005 or 2003. Several Major League Baseball players have been linked to performance enhancing drugs again. And one of those players is New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez, again. But what really caught our eyes about this latest revelation is the Miami anti-aging clinic where the players allegedly go their drugs.

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5:32pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

From Timbuktu, Reports That Manuscripts Have Been Saved

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 7:35 pm

A man attempts to salvage burnt manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, Mali, on Tuesday. While some of the ancient manuscripts were destroyed by Islamist radicals, reports indicate that most were hidden and therefore survived.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

Reports from Timbuktu, Mali, on Wednesday indicate that most of the ancient manuscripts at a famed library may have been saved by residents before Islamist radicals had the chance to burn them.

"I can say that the vast majority of the collections appear from our reports not to have been destroyed, damaged or harmed in any way," Shamil Jeppie, an expert on the documents who teaches at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, told Reuters.

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5:31pm

Wed January 30, 2013
It's All Politics

In Immigration Debate, 'Undocumented' vs. 'Illegal' Is More Than Just Semantics

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:12 pm

On Monday, we pointed to how the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators mostly avoided the term "illegal immigrant" in the language of their immigration reform plan.

It looks like President Obama did the same in his address on the issue the next day.

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5:08pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Salt

International Culinary Competition Gold Eludes Americans Again

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:29 pm

The plating of Team USA's Irish beef dish was based on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house.
Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee

Americans may have perfected food television and exported our fast-food tastes around the world, but we still haven't made it to the podium in the so-called Olympics of Cooking. The prestigious Bocuse d'Or chef competition, held in Lyon, France, on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw Team USA unable to break its dry streak, with a seventh-place finish behind winners France, Denmark and Japan.

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5:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Families Won't Qualify For Subsidized Health Insurance

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Quite a few families with expensive job-based health insurance may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy cheaper coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the Internal Revenue Service.

The two rules, published by the Treasury Department here and here, uphold earlier proposals outlining what is considered affordable, employer-sponsored coverage.

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4:06pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

South Africa's First Black Billionaire Pledges To Donate Half His Wealth

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:41 pm

Patrice Motsepe in 2010.
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If you were looking for good news, here's a bit of it from South Africa: Patrice Motsepe, the country's first black billionaire, announced today that he will donate half his fortune in order to help the poor.

Reuters reports:

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