2:44pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

Girls Hunt Too -- And Story About That Ignites Debate

People are passionate about hunting -- those who are for it and those who aren't.

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2:38pm

Thu December 9, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Stripped-Down Health Plans Must Disclose Limitations To Consumers

Inexpensive health plans that go light on benefits may soon have to trumpet their drawbacks right up front. Something like:

Warning: This policy doesn't meet the new health law's minimum requirements and may leave you at risk financially.

Notices to be sent to more than 1.5 million people nationwide probably won't be worded exactly that way.

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2:09pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

California 'Bomb Factory' Set Ablaze

Update at 7:25 p.m. ET. In the end, it went off without a hitch.

As The Associated Press reports: "There were no big explosions. No flames leaping from house to house. Just residents, watching anxiously as a house packed with explosives in their neighborhood went up in flames."

The Escondido, Calif., "bomb factory" is burning.

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1:16pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Disappearing Coast

Southeast Asian Refugees Flounder After Gulf Spill

As scientists monitor what the long-term impact of the BP oil spill will be on the Gulf of Mexico, sociologists and psychologists are working to mitigate the spill's impact on the psyche of Gulf Coast residents.

But they're finding it takes a special effort to reach some communities.

In the fishing village of Bayou La Batre, Ala., crisis counselor Le Huong Carter steps onto a porch and takes her shoes off before she knocks on the front door. She's Vietnamese and works closely with the Southeast Asian refugees who have settled on this working coastline, south of Mobile.

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12:51pm

Thu December 9, 2010
The Two-Way

U.S. Is Gearing Up For Even Heavier Civilian Presence In Afghanistan

The U.S. may be planning for a large scale military withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014, but there's every indication a significant diplomatic corps will remain in the country long afterwards.

The heavily fortified U.S .embassy in Kabul is undergoing a lightning-fast expansion in order to accomodate hundreds of American civilians arriving as part of the new counterinsurgency strategy.

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