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Tue September 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:17 am

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear their new body cameras during a rally Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Outfitting police officers with body cameras seems to be the most concrete solution to come out of the police misconduct accusations in Ferguson, Mo. And the push for cameras extends far beyond the suburban Missouri police department — more than 153,000 people have signed a "We the People" petition to create a "Mike Brown Law" that would require all police to wear cameras.

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Tue September 2, 2014

Despite Shelling, Ukrainian Workers Keep On Watering The Flowers

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 12:55 pm

A man walks past burnt vehicles near a railway station after recent shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Aug. 29.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

Shelling has gone on almost nonstop for months in and around Donetsk, which is the largest city in eastern Ukraine. A third of the 1 million residents have fled this regional capital.

Yet other than emptier than usual streets, life appears oddly normal here. Municipal workers who have remained are ensuring electric power and running water reach as many homes and businesses as possible. Public buses are running. Trash is picked up, and bushes in the many parks and boulevards are manicured. The flowers get watered.

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Tue September 2, 2014
The Salt

There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:29 am

Surprise! This is what it looks like when you cut into a Redfield apple.
Clare Borboza Bloomsbury

One of my favorite Far Side cartoons shows four triumphant cavemen with a giant carrot hoisted onto their shoulders with the caption: "Early vegetarians returning from the kill."

That's kind of what it looks like every autumn weekend when my better half, Dan, comes home from the farmers market with a half-bushel of apples balanced on his shoulder.

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Tue September 2, 2014
Shots - Health News

Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:58 am

Getting to this point can be very expensive if in vitro fertilization is involved.

Infertility treatment is a numbers game in some respects: How many treatments will it take to conceive a child? And how much can you afford?

Even as insurance plans are modestly improving their coverage of such treatments, clinics and others are coming up with creative ways to cover the costs to help would-be parents reduce their risk for procedures that can run tens of thousands of dollars. Some even offer a money-back guarantee if patients don't conceive, while one online program lets people pool some funding.

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Tue September 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:58 am

Publicity-shy Japanese author Haruki Murakami arrives to give a public lecture in Kyoto in May 2013.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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