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3:08pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Media

'Washington Post' May Find Conflicts In Amazon Coverage

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:25 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos could bring up conflict between the owner's interests and the paper's editorial independence. I talked about some of those issues with longtime media executive and consultant Merrill Brown. Among his jobs, he was a reporter and then corporate executive for The Washington Post. Later, he was founding editor-in-chief of msnbc.com. I asked Brown what he sees as potential conflicts of interest with Bezos at the helm of The Post.

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11:43am

Tue August 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:47 am

This map from the CDC shows decreases (light blue) and increases (gray) in obesity prevalence among low-income, preschool-aged children from 2008-2011.
CDC

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front.

After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.

A CDC map shows several Southern states — including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi — that are part of the downward trend.

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5:54pm

Mon August 5, 2013
All Tech Considered

Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:08 pm

The U.S. Trade Representative has overturned a ban on the import of the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two decisions coming from the Obama administration in the past few days indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.

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5:06pm

Mon August 5, 2013
All Tech Considered

Special Ops Envisions 'Iron Man'-Like Suit To Protect Troops

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 5:24 pm

Concept art of the suit the Special Operations Command is trying to build.
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5:03pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:51 am

A gene known as DRD2 affects the brain's dopamine system and is known to be associated with aggressive behavior.
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A gene that affects the brain's dopamine system appears to have influenced mothers' behavior during a recent economic downturn, researchers say.

At the beginning of the recession that began in 2007, mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene called DRD2 became more likely to strike or scream at their children, the researchers say. Mothers with the other "insensitive" version of the gene didn't change their behavior.

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