10:55am

Thu January 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Cases Spike, Flu Season May Be Peaking In Boston

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:16 am

Four-year-old Gabriella Diaz gets a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass., on Wednesday, the same day the city declared a public health emergency.
Charles Krupa ASSOCIATED PRESS

We were warned that this year's flu season was likely to be a bad one, and now that forecast is starting to bear out.

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8:52am

Thu January 10, 2013
Local

Caddo Council on Aging develops senior programs

The Caddo Council on Aging will use the Randle T. Moore Center in Shreveport to deliver a slate of free programs every Thursday and Friday.

The Caddo Council on Aging has launched a weekly slate of activities for seniors at the Randle T. Moore Center in Shreveport. The stately Shreveport home, built by Swiss crafters in 1920, was donated to the city for the sole purpose of benefiting senior citizens. Caddo Council on Aging executive director Mary Alice Rountree said the programs will cater to seniors, like musical acts, exercise demonstrations, and personalized instruction on using smartphones and other high-tech gadgets.

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8:48am

Thu January 10, 2013
U.S.

Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:53 am

Barges last month crowded an area on the Mississippi River south of St. Louis where barges are stored, loaded and unloaded. Shippers worry that the drought-shrunken river could shut to barge traffic entirely this month.
Colby Buchanan/U.S. Coast Guard AP

The Mississippi River has provided George Foster with a living all his life. Now, with the river dropping to historically low levels, it's threatening to take his business down with it.

Foster's office sits atop an empty barge on the river, just south of St. Louis. His building tilts at a 30-degree angle because the water is so low. Visitors may want to stick out their fingertips for balance walking down his narrow hallway.

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8:48am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do?

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:29 am

Vice President Biden and President Obama at the White House on Dec. 19. Biden has been charged with drawing up "concrete proposals" on how to reduce gun violence.
Fang Zhe Xinhua /Landov

After Vice President Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration might take some executive actions on the issues of guns and gun-related violence, questions naturally arose:

What kinds of things was he talking about? What might the administration do that doesn't require Congressional action?

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7:38am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

'Lincoln' Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 8:20 am

Daniel Day-Lewis, in the lead role of Lincoln.
David James DreamWorks

Update at 9:00 a.m. ET:

Lincoln, director Stephen Spielberg's acclaimed look at the 16th president's push for the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, has been nominated for Oscar awards in 12 categories, it was announced this morning in Hollywood. That's the most for any single film.

Life of Pi is up for 11 awards. Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook are up for eight.

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7:35am

Thu January 10, 2013
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for January 10, 2013

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain reflects on the Newtown tragedy on the ensuing debate over gun control.

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7:16am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 12:15 pm

No, this isn't worth $1 trillion. It's a commemorative coin minted in the U.K. in 2008. But some have suggested the president's image should be on it if he orders up a $1 trillion coin.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

We're pretty sure this won't happen.

But ...

You practically can't visit a news site these days without seeing a story about why President Obama should or should not order the Treasury Department to strike a platinum coin "worth" $1 trillion and deposit it with the Federal Reserve.

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6:49am

Thu January 10, 2013
Business

Wanted: Water Slide Tester

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 2:04 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A travel group in Britain is advertising a six-month job with an intriguing set of qualifications: comfortable in swimwear, happy to get wet at work. And this is key: mad about water parks. The job is water slide tester at the company's Splash World Resorts in places like Majorca and Turkey. It pays just okay, but the gig does promise plenty of thrills before the water slide tester retires that swimwear. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:43am

Thu January 10, 2013
Around the Nation

Inauguration Package Includes Social Media Butler

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 2:04 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with an offer you probably can refuse. Washington, D.C. hotels offer luxury packages for those attending President Obama's second inauguration. The Madison Hotel offers one for $47,000. It includes four nights at the hotel, a car and driver, a shopping spree, and the services of a social media butler. You, too, could have someone follow you around, take your picture and chronicle your moves on Facebook and Twitter.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:17am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Kurdish Activists Found Dead In Paris; 'Without Doubt An Execution'

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:10 am

An undated of Sakine Cansiz, one of three Kurdish activists found shot to death today in Paris.
AFP/Getty Images

Three Kurdish women, one of them a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that seeks autonomy for Kurds in Turkey, were found shot to death today in Paris.

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