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Thu December 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Experimental Vaccine For Stomach Flu Might Work

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 10:15 am

In early 2007, health officials boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen here in Honolulu) to investigate a stomach flu outbreak that sickened more than 300 people.
Marco Garcia AP

Nothing ruins a nice cruise or a gluttonous run down the office party buffet like the norovirus.

The obnoxious virus causes the euphemistically-named stomach flu and is one of the most common foodborne illnesses. If you catch it, there's no drug to make you better. You pretty much have to ride out the diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain for a few days.

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Thu December 8, 2011
Monkey See

So The Mythbusters Punched A Hole In A House With A Cannonball. Now What?

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 2:59 pm

The exit hole from a misfired cannonball is seen in the second story wall after it traveled through a Dublin, Calif., home on Cassata Place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Doug Duran AP

So ... now what?

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Choice To Head Consumer Protection Agency Blocked

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 10:16 am

A vote to move forward on the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to run the new federal consumer protection agency fell seven votes short in the Senate this morning. Republicans banded together to make sure there weren't the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and move on to a vote on the nomination itself.

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Thu December 8, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Gingrich's Path From 'Flameout' To D.C. Entrepreneur

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 11:12 am

In 1995, Time magazine named Newt Gingrich "Man of the Year" for his role in ending the four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Craig Ruttle AP

A new poll released Wednesday by Time magazine and CNN finds Newt Gingrich staying ahead of Mitt Romney in three out of the four states with January primaries or caucuses.

Gingrich's lead in the key primary states has sparked private discussions among President Obama's advisers about the former House speaker's "realistic chance" of winning the Republican presidential nomination, CBS News reported.

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Thu December 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Albert Pujols Has Signed To Play For The Angels

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 8:43 am

Albert Pujols, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, during the World Series in October.
Jamie Squire Getty Images