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9:10am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Sorry, What Did You Say? SpongeBob Is Bad For Kids' Brains?

SpongeBob Squarepants.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Nickelodeon

The good folks over at the Shots blog will have more to report about this, but we just couldn't wait to pass on word that:

"The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds." (The Associated Press)

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8:57am

Mon September 12, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Watson, IBM's Quiz Show Champ, Moves Into Health Care

"Jeopardy!" contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against Watson at a press conference in January. Soon Watson could be giving answers to your doctor's questions.
Ben Hider Getty Images

Will doctors and patients like an insurers' recommendations for treatment any better if they come from a Jeopardy!-winning computer instead of a human? We're about to find out.

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8:25am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

In Syria: 2,600 Dead So Far, U.N. Official Says

At least 2,600 people have been killed in Syria since the start of protests there in mid-March, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights reported today.

Navi Pillay said in Geneva that the estimate is based on information from "reliable sources on the ground."

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7:35am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Russian Hockey Player Dies; Was Only Member Of Team To Survive Crash

Alexander Galimov.
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"The only member of a top Russian hockey team to survive a plane crash that killed 44 people died Monday of his injuries in a Moscow hospital," The Canadian Press and The Hockey News report.

Alexander Galimov, 26, "died of the severe burns that covered about 90 percent of his body," the news outlets add. He played the forward position.

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7:15am

Mon September 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Pawlenty Endorses Romney; GOP Contenders Debate Tonight

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 7:19 am

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the first major candidate to drop out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has endorsed his one-time rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

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