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4:20pm

Wed December 22, 2010
Spirit Of The Season

Kiss Away: Harvesting Mistletoe From The Treetops

This time of year, we're used to seeing a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the doorway -- the inevitable invitation to a kiss. But we don't often think about how it got there.

Yes, there are commercial mistletoe farmers who harvest it, bag it and sell it, but in some areas of the country, amateur harvesters follow ancient methods of retrieving the plant from the tops of trees.

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3:25pm

Wed December 22, 2010
The Two-Way

Coming Up: President Obama's News Conference

President Obama used a news conference this afternoon to make the case that the post-election lame-duck session of Congress that just ended was the most productive in decades.

Hailing the ratification of the New START missile agreement with Russia, the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the passage of a tax cut and unemployment insurance package, and other accomplishments, Obama declared that they prove "we are not doomed to endless gridlock."

We "live-blogged" during the news conference. Scroll down to see how it played out.

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3:00pm

Wed December 22, 2010
The Two-Way

Senate Ratifies START

By a 71-26 vote, the Senate just ratified the New START arms reduction agreement with Russia.

Treaties are ratified when they receive "aye" votes from two-thirds of the senators who are present.

The pact, asĀ journalist Alan Greenblatt wrote earlier today for NPR.org:

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2:34pm

Wed December 22, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Abbott Recalls Millions of Glucose Testing Strips Used By Diabetics

If you're one of 24 million Americans with diabetes and you check your blood sugar regularly to stay healthy, you should also check what kind of test strips you're using.

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1:46pm

Wed December 22, 2010
The Two-Way

U.S. Intel Director Didn't Know About London Arrests; Big Problem?

Among the stories making headlines around the world Monday morning was word from the U.K. that 12 a dozen men had been arrested in three cities in what the Associated Press said were "the most high-profile terrorism raids in Britain in more than a year and a half."

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