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12:38 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Bike Infrastructure Hits Congressional Speed Bumps

Cities across the country are investing more money in infrastructure to make roads safer for bikes. Last week, a highway bill faced resistance from lawmakers who saw those kinds of projects as an inappropriate use of federal funds.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 8:21 pm

The corner of 15th and K streets in Washington, D.C., is busy. Buses, trucks, cars and taxis zip by. There are pedestrians and, increasingly, bikes.

Some 57 million adults ride bicycles in the U.S., whether for commuting or exercise or fun. Cities are adding bike lanes with the help of a federal program that gets its money from the highway bill. Some Senate Republicans tried — and ultimately failed — to block funding for that program, which also pays for sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

New Law Compels Toronto Shops To Sell Only Shelter Pets

Cute puppies!
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In an effort to curb puppy and kitty mills, the Toronto city council approved a new resolution that restricts the kinds of pets shops can sell. Now, pet shops will only be allowed to sell dogs and cats that come from a shelter, a Humane Society or a registered rescue group.

The National Post reports on the reaction of one of the people behind the law:

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World
12:18 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Toronto Restricts Sales Of Cats And Dogs

Toronto's City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban pet shops from selling dogs and cats unless the animals come from shelters or rescue groups.

The move comes after authorities seized more than 500 dogs from a Quebec puppy mill in what could represent the largest case of animal cruelty in Quebec's history.

The animals are now in the care of the Humane Society. Many of them are suffering from skin and respiratory problems. A representative of the society said the operation involved some of the worst conditions she'd ever seen.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Ahmadinejad: U.S. Used 'Mysterious Sept. 11 Incident' As Pretext For War

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N. today.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

American diplomats just walked out of the United Nations General Assembly after hearing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ask what to him is a rhetorical question: who used "the mysterious Sept. 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq?"

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Striving For A Safer Table Saw
12:03 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Regulators Consider Safety Brakes For Table Saws

Federal regulators are moving closer to implementing new safety standards for table saws. Every year, several thousand Americans cut off their fingers using the tools.

Engineers at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency tasked with ensuring safety standards on a range of consumer products, say almost all of those injuries could be prevented with a better safety brake system.

Currently, such a brake is only available on one brand of table saw, called SawStop, but the vast majority of saws sold today don't have the safety brake.

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The Salt
11:59 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Cantaloupe Illness And Death Toll May Keep Climbing, CDC Says

A label from the Colorado cantaloupe blamed for at least 8 deaths in a listeria outbreak.
FDA

As of Tuesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported that 55 people in 14 states have become infected with one of the strains of Listeria monocytogenes tied to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' production fields in Granada, Colo.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Senators: Justice Department Misleading Americans About Patriot Act

Two U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Justice Department, yesterday, accusing it of misleading the American public about how a section of the Patriot Act is being implemented.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) take issue with two things agency officials from both the Obama and Bush administrations have said in the past:

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Europe
11:29 am
Thu September 22, 2011

'Unauthorized' Book On WikiLeaks' Assange Released

Copies of the book Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography lined the shelves of a store in central London on Thursday.
Facundo Arrizabalaga AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange found himself on the wrong side of an unauthorized leak of sorts on Thursday when his autobiography was released in Britain without his permission.

British publisher Canongate decided to go ahead and release Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography because it said Assange received a six-figure advance but then changed his mind and kept the money.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Arkansas' Missing Moon Rock Turns Up In Boxes Of Clinton's Memorabilia

July 20, 1969: astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. on the moon.
Neil Armstrong/NASA AP

That's one small step for historians ...

We'll stop there and just go to the news:

"An archivist sifting through boxes of former President Bill Clinton's papers and memorabilia from his time as Arkansas governor [has] found a missing moon rock given to the state 35 years ago," the Arkansas News Bureau reports.

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World
11:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Americans Divided On Palestinian Statehood

The Palestinian president is set to make a bid for statehood on Friday at the U.N., but President Obama said he'll veto the effort. A new Pew study shows some Americans strongly sympathize with Israel while others strongly support a Palestinian state. Michel Martin explores American public opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Carroll Doherty, associate director of the Pew Research Center.

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11:00 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Beauty Shop: Davis' Execution, DSK's 'Moral Failing'

Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the shooting death of a police officer, despite widespread opposition to the execution and Davis' innocence plea. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's new book says the Obama White House was a hostile workplace for women. And Dominique Strauss-Kahn confesses to "moral failing." The Beauty Shop women weigh in.

The Two-Way
10:26 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Falling Satellite To Return Tomorrow

A screen grab from NASA shows UARS attached to the robotic arm of the space shuttle Discovery in 1991 as it was deployed.
NASA

We know a little bit more about the fate of that falling weather satellite, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, which is close to its fiery end. NASA now predicts the UARS will plunge into Earth's lower atmosphere "sometime during the afternoon of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time".

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The Salt
10:02 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Shining A Light On The Hidden Hardships Of Tomato Pickers

A protester outside a Trader Joe's in Washington, D.C. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which organized the protest, says Trader Joe's has refused to meet standards set by leaders of the fast-food and foodservice industries for a more humane tomato supply chain.
Claudia Saenz Student/Farmworker Alliance

Originally published on Thu September 22, 2011 12:48 pm

If you shopped at a Trader Joe's store this summer, you might have passed activists wielding signs in the shape of plump red tomatoes with slogans like "Trader Joe's Exploits Farmworkers." The Florida-based labor rights group behind these picket lines is demanding that the grocer pay an extra cent per pound to the tomato pickers at the other end of the supply chain.

Why? Because those workers are some of the worst treated and lowest paid farmworkers in the U.S., the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers says.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:57 am
Thu September 22, 2011

End Is Nigh For Over-The-Counter Inhalers That Eat The Ozone Layer

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler, will no longer be available after December 31, 2011 because it contains chemicals that harm the environment.
David McNew Getty Images

People with asthma who've been relying on cheap, over-the-counter inhalers to get a soothing blast will have to look elsewhere for relief beginning in 2012.

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Fed's 'Twist' Not Enough To Keep Markets Happy

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on Thursday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 23, 2011 12:00 am

The Federal Reserve can't seem to win.

Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday, a day after Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Fed colleagues announced their latest plan to cut already-low interest rates in an effort to boost the economy. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still extremely worried about the prospects for recovery.

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