National Security
11:27 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyber War

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 7:20 am

Business executives and national security leaders are of one mind over the need to improve the security of the computers that control the U.S. power grid, the financial system, water treatment facilities and other elements of critical U.S. infrastructure. But they divide over the question of who bears responsibility for that effort.

The disagreement stands as an obstacle to passage of major cybersecurity legislation backed by Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins of Maine, among others.

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DSHS Morale
4:56 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Morale At Washington’s Biggest State Agency Plummets

Department of Health and Human Services employees are lacking zeal at work.

The Great Recession has taken its toll on morale at Washington’s largest state agency. Employee satisfaction at the Department of Social and Health Services has plummeted over the past couple of years. That’s according to a new employee survey.

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Pollen Decrease
4:24 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Don't Curse The Rain, It Depresses Allergens

Pollen from a variety of common plants. The image is magnified by about 500x, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long.
Photo credit: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility, Dartmouth College Northwest News Network

Here in the Northwest, you hear lots of complaints about the abundant rain. But this year's cool March weather and above normal rainfall in April may have eased the suffering of people with pollen allergies.

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UI Track Complex
4:20 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

University Of Idaho Dedicates Newly Renovated Dan O'Brien Track Complex

Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien helps UI President Duane Nellis cut the ribbon on the renovated O'Brien Track and Field Complex in Moscow.
Photo Credit: Northwest Public Radio

The University of Idaho rededicated its Dan O’Brien Track and Field Complex on Monday following the completion of a $2.5 million renovation.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:11 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Soccer Star With Soap Opera Roots Aims At Olympics

North Korea's Yu Jong Hui (left) and Colombia's Orianica Velasquez battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 6, 2011, in Bochum, Germany.
Joern Pollex Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 1:34 pm

Indiana University soccer star Orianica Velasquez is on a mission — to get to the London Olympics with Colombia's women's soccer team. And she wants to send a message about the country where she was born.

"My dream is to get a medal for Colombia," she says, adding that she wants to show the world "it's just not violence, it's just not drugs — we can play soccer and we can do great things because we have great people there."

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Pharmaceutical Settlement
4:10 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Northwest States Among Those Splitting Pharmaceutical Settlement

Oregon, Washington and Idaho are among the 44 states splitting a $100 million settlement with pharmaceutical giant Abbott Labs. The agreement announced Monday resolves a dispute over the company's marketing of a drug called Depakote .

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It's All Politics
4:01 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Romney Town Hall Shows Risks Of Handing Voters The Mic

Mitt Romney poses with a group of supporters at a Euclid, OH town hall-style meeting where some voters didn't exactly help him keep to his themes.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 4:07 pm

In an age when presidential campaigns are typically heavily scripted, town-hall style meetings are anything but.

The upside is that you get the informality of the candidate interacting with regular voters as he or she fields their questions and seems accessible. The downside is you never know what a voter handed the microphone will say.

Mitt Romney, who appears well on his way to becoming the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got a taste of that risk at a Monday event at a Euclid, OH manufacturing company.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Univision, ABC News Team Up To Launch New Cable News Channel

Ben Sherwood, ABC News president; Cesar Conde, Univision Networks president, and Isaac Lee, Univision News president, announced a new joint venture.
Lorenzo Bevilaqua ABC

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:41 pm

ABC News and Univision are teaming up to create an English-language news network for Hispanics in the United States.

The network doesn't have a name yet but it is expected to launch in 2013, with its digital offerings coming later this summer.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
3:09 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Moms Often Overlook Toddlers' Weight Problems

Overweight, too thin or just right?
iStockphoto.com

A roly-poly toddler strikes many mothers as the picture of health.

But the road to obesity can start early in life, so it's important to know whether the baby fat that lingers on a toddling child is a healthy cushion or a sign of too much food too soon.

How good are mothers at recognizing whether their toddlers are overweight, underweight or just right? Not very.

More than two-thirds of the mothers participating in a recent study were inaccurate in their assessments. And the biggest problem was moms who thought their overweight toddlers were just fine.

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NPR Story
2:59 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

U.S. Foils Terrorist Plot To Target Airplane

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 5:26 am

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

U.S. authorities say they have foiled a terrorist plot to target an airliner. A suicide bomber was planning to bring down a plane headed to the United States. The Associated Press first reported the story. Al-Qaida's affiliate group in Yemen is believed to be behind the plot, which national security officials say had not advanced far enough, that the suspect bought plane tickets or tried to board a plane.

NPR's Carrie Johnson has been reporting on this story. She joins me now. And, Carrie, what else have you found out?

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