2:03pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Asia

American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:30 pm

Lee, the American wife of "Crazy English" founder Li Yang, leaves court after a session for her divorce trial in Beijing last March. Earlier this month, she was granted a divorce, as well as a restraining order against Li.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

The faces of American Kim Lee and her Chinese husband, Li Yang, both in their 40s, once graced the covers of books that sold in the millions. He was China's most famous English teacher, the "Crazy English" guru of China, who pioneered his own style of English teaching: pedagogy through shouted language, yelling to halls of thousands of students.

His methods were given official recognition after he was employed by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee to teach Olympic volunteers.

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1:29pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Botulism From 'Pruno' Hits Arizona Prison

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:10 pm

If you must make pruno, avoid potatoes.
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Well, it has happened again. Twice.

Inmates at a maximum security prison in Arizona were stricken with botulism after consuming homemade hooch that's called "pruno" inside the big house.

Eight inmates wound up in the hospital in November after drinking the stuff. In August, four prisoners at the same facility were hospitalized.

The symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, dry mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing.

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1:14pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Oh, Poop! Animal Shelter May Still Need More Newspapers

A dog eagerly awaits adoption in an animal shelter.
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When San Francisco's Animal Care & Control put out the word last month that it needed more newspapers to line the cages for dogs that have to take care of business, the city's library system stepped up to help.

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1:08pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

NTSB Says Regulators Should Reconsider Approval Of Dreamliner Battery

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:26 pm

Pieces of damaged electrode coils from a battery cell that resulted in a fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane at Logan International Airport in Boston.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The head of National Transportation Safety Board said today that the FAA should reconsider their approval of the Dreamliner's lithium-ion battery.

Essentially, the NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said during a news conference, what Boeing told the FAA about the risks involving the battery have proved different in practice.

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12:05pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

NFL's Gregg Williams, Who Orchestrated Bounty Program, Is Reinstated

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:16 pm

Gregg Williams, then a coach with the New Orleans Saints, in August 2011.
Bill Haber AP

Less than a year after orchestrating a bounty program in Saint Louis, Gregg Williams will be back in the NFL next season. The Tennessee Titans have hired the former Saints defensive coordinator as a senior assistant coach.

Back in May of last year, Williams was suspended indefinitely for being part of a scheme in which he set up cash rewards for hits that knocked opponents out of games.

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11:44am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

What Nations Were The Most Forward-Looking In 2012?

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:16 pm

The Future Orientation index shows a strong correlation between Internet activity and its gross domestic product. Countries in blue are deemed forward-looking.
Suzy Moat and Tobias Preis

Germany was the world's most future-oriented country in 2012, followed by Switzerland and Japan, according to the "Future Orientation Index." Researchers found that in Germany and 10 nations last year, more people used Google to search for "2013" than for "2011."

The 11 countries represent a gain over 2011, when only seven countries had as many searches for the upcoming year as for the prior one.

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11:28am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:28 pm

One of makeup artist Stuart Freeborn's best-known characters, Yoda.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

The makeup artist who gave Star Wars' Yoda and Chewbacca their out-of-this-world looks, and helped bring to life other memorable characters such as the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died.

Stuart Freeborn was 98. According to The Associated Press, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn "said he died Tuesday in London from a combination of ailments due to his age."

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11:23am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Support Background Check For All Gun Sales

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 12:07 pm

A photo illustration showing a Remington 20-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a Colt .45 semi-auto handgun, a Walther PK380 semi-auto handgun and various ammunition clips with a copy of the US Constitution on top of the American flag.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Americans overwhelmingly support background checks on all gun sales.

The poll found that 92 percent of Americans support the checks, while 7 percent oppose them.

Quinnipiac also found that 52 percent support stricter gun laws and 56 percent support "a ban on the sale of assault weapons."

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11:09am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Salt

Chain Restaurants Boost Sales With Lower-Calorie Foods

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:54 pm

Ordering the small fries? You're part of a trend.
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Lower-calorie foods are driving growth and profits for chain restaurants, according to fresh research, suggesting that people are making smarter choices when it comes to burgers and fries.

We're still ordering the burger and fries, mind you. But we're going for smaller portions and shunning sugary drinks. French fry sales dropped about 2 percent from 2006 to 2011, while sales of lower-calorie beverages rose 10 percent, the study found.

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11:01am

Thu February 7, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Ideas at Aspen Film Series comes to Shreveport

Bill Beckett talks with Paula Hickman, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, about the Ideas At Aspen Film series presented at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport beginning Feb. 7. The second film and discussion is scheduled for Feb. 14. The final film and panel discussion will be held Feb. 21.  The presentations are free, but RSVPs are requested at 318-221-0582.

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