5:46pm

Tue December 7, 2010
Music News

The Short-Lived Fame Of Pint-Sized Rap Stars

Everyone has heard of those child performers whose uber-involved parents are convinced that their baby should be a star. YouTube is the perfect vehicle for that. Parents can just upload a video of the kid's act -- the cuter the better.

Exhibit A: Lil P-Nut.

This 7-year-old rapper has the swagger of a teen heartthrob and the manners of a Southern gentleman.

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5:09pm

Tue December 7, 2010
Remembrances

Elizabeth Edwards Succumbs To Cancer

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:41 am

Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday. She was 61.
Susan Walsh AP

Elizabeth Edwards -- who catapulted into the public eye in 2004, when her husband, Sen. John Edwards, ran for president and was John Kerry's running mate on the Democratic ticket, has died, a close family friend tells NPR. She was 61.

Over the past few years, Edwards wrote two best-selling books, fought a well-publicized battle against cancer and saw her marriage crumble after her husband fathered a child with another woman.

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4:45pm

Tue December 7, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Salvia Raises No Safety Flags In Small Test

For centuries, shamans of the Mazatec people of Oaxaca, Mexico, have used a plant called Salvia divinorum in their religious practices.

Salvia is a member of the mint family. Smoking it gives you a blast of Salvinorin A, a psychoactive substance.

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4:32pm

Tue December 7, 2010
It's All Politics

Obama's Message Boiled Down: People Over Politics

If the message of President Obama's Tuesday news conference were boiled down to a few words it would be "the people over politics."

In what strikes some of us long-time Obama watchers as one of his strongest news-conference performances, the president framed his decision to make a controversial deal with congressional Republicans over extending Bush-era tax cuts as coming down to what, in his mind, was best for the American people.

It was a populist argument meant to one-up the Republican populists as well as those in his own party.

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4:26pm

Tue December 7, 2010
Youth Radio

Arresting Youth In Sex Trafficking Raises Debate

Part 2 of 2

Oakland, Calif., is known as a center for sex trafficking, with a specialty in children. In 2003, the FBI dubbed the city, part of the San Francisco Bay Area, a "high-intensity child-prostitution area." Police say Oakland youth are often trafficked from their hometown out to other sex hubs like Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

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