6:08pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Election 2012

Portman A Low-Key Possibility For GOP Running Mate

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:34 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, campaigns with Mitt Romney in Cincinnati on Feb. 20.
Mark Lyons Getty Images

As the guessing game continues about Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman invariably comes up as a top contender. And with a wealth of experience in Washington and beyond, Portman would be considered a safe pick to run for vice president on the Republican ticket.

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6:08pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Environment

Can Adding Iron To Oceans Slow Global Warming?

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 7:30 pm

This algae, called Chaetoceros atlanticus, can bloom in the ocean when iron is added to the water. It captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and carries the carbon down underwater when it sinks.
Marina Montresor, SZN Alfred Wegener Institute

A noted oceanographer once quipped that if you gave him a tanker half-filled with iron, he could give you an ice age. He was only half-joking.

Adding iron to the ocean can cause blooms of algae, which have the potential to take huge amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air and by so doing, cool the planet. And a report in Nature magazine now offers some support for that idea.

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6:03pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Prostate Cancer Surgery Shows No Benefit For Many Men

Surgery for prostate cancer shouldn't be an automatic choice, a new study says.
iStockphoto.com

Finally, the results from a decades-long study that compared surgery for prostate cancer to careful monitoring have been published.

Overall, the researchers found no difference in rates of death from any cause, including prostate cancer, among men who had their prostates surgically removed compared to those who didn't.

Preliminary results were released more than a year ago.

The newly published conclusion:

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6:02pm

Wed July 18, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

The Birmingham News is reporting that the fight over who is running the city's schools is in Montgomery.

Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice and members of an intervention team, led by former State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson, are meeting with legal counsel. Birmingham School Board President Edward Maddox and board attorney Fred Bolling are also headed to the capital city for an early afternoon meeting they requested with Bice.

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6:01pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Is American Stalling On A Merger With US Airways?

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:05 pm

US Airways CEO Doug Parker waits to be introduced prior to his address to a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Could it be that American Airlines CEO Tom Horton is resisting the warm embrace of US Airways CEO Doug Parker over a little thing like money?

During a National Press Club luncheon Wednesday, Parker didn't exactly shoot down suggestions that American's leadership has been stalling on a merger of the two carriers because of the potential for personal gain.

Asked whether Horton is focused on the payday he would get if American were to remain independent a while longer, Parker hesitated. For more than 8 seconds, his answer was: "Um. The. Uh. Let's see."

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5:55pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Movie Reviews

As Class Warfare Brews, A 'Dark Knight Rises'

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:54 am

The Dark Knight Rises begins eight years after The Dark Knight, with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) living a reclusive life at his mansion alongside Alfred (Michael Caine). The movie is the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
Ron Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures

The canvas is epic, the themes are profound, the execution is ... clunky. Welcome to Christopher Nolan's third and allegedly final Batman picture, The Dark Knight Rises — that so-called rising taking hours, by the way. No Batman film ever had less Batman.

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5:45pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Drought Brings Misery To Arkansas River Basin

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 8:19 pm

A deer carcass lies on the dried riverbed of the Arkansas River in Lakin, Kan.
Frank Morris for NPR

Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water.

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5:27pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Planet Money

Capital One's Credit-Card Settlement In Context

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 6:58 pm

Mark Lennihan AP

The federal government's new consumer protection bureau notched its first major enforcement action today. Capital One Financial has agreed to shell out $210 million to settle allegations that it tricked credit card customers into buying unwanted services — mostly credit insurance and similar products — while activating credit cards.

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5:14pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Around the Nation

In Fairplay, Colo., Burro Racing Packs 'Em In

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 9:08 am

A skill in pack burro racing is convincing a donkey that it should run when it would rather walk. Racers may get behind the pack if they don't work with their animal.
Megan Verlee for NPR

First thing you need to know about burro racing — there's no riding. It's you on one end of a rope, hundreds pounds of equine on the other. And the burro, says Brad Wann, is the boss.

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5:12pm

Wed July 18, 2012
It's All Politics

John McCain Tells Michele Bachmann To Lay Off Hillary Clinton Aide

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 11:09 am

Sen. John McCain defended Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, against accusations by several House GOP members that she has ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
C-SPAN screenshot

(Updated at 5:14 pm ET)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor Wednesday in an apparent attempt to shame Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and other House GOP lawmakers who recently questioned whether a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a fifth columnist for the Muslim Brotherhood.

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