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3:44pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Music Reviews

Teddybears: Enigmatic Troublemakers

Teddybears.
Chrissy Piper Courtesy of the artist

The Stockholm production trio Teddybears aren't really a band as that term is usually employed. They rarely play live and prefer to hire more personable performers to front their tracks. In the past, they've been known for mild, electronically treated vocals on mild, electronically treated dance songs. But on their newly released album, Devil's Music, they like things much livelier.

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3:21pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Chicken Pox Deaths Plummet With Help Of Vaccine

The one-dose chicken pox vaccine has helped to nearly eliminate the chance of dying from the disease.
Sergei Telegin iStockphoto.com

Ever since the chicken pox vaccine became routine for kids back in 1995, deaths from the virus, also known as varicella, have been dropping. A study in the journal Pediatrics out today tells us just how steep that drop has been.

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2:53pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Europe

Deaths Could Challenge Norway's Views On Justice

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:14 am

If the shooting and bombing rampage that killed dozens of people in Norway last week had happened in the United States, the man who confessed to the assault could be facing the death penalty. Instead, the maximum sentence Anders Behring Breivik faces — at least initially — is 21 years.

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1:57pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Asia

Pakistan Bids To Change The Minds Of Swat Radicals

Nearly 200 boys aged 12 to 17 are residents at Sabaoon, meaning "New Dawn." The Lahore-based NGO Hum Foundation runs the project with funding from UNICEF and support and security from the Pakistan army.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Pakistan's army is deploying alternative methods to deal with the menace of militants.

The same Pakistani army that crushed the Taliban extremists two years ago in the Swat Valley is trying to deradicalize some 200 young militants from that conflict. Doctors, teachers and psychologists are taking up the challenge.

Speaking in Swat, Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani told a first-of-its-kind conference on the subject, "There is no military solution to terrorism."

Access to the young men is extremely limited.

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1:55pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Asia

China's Professional Queuers Paid To Stand Around

Queuer Li Qicai waits in line at a Shanghai hospital to collect traditional Chinese medicine for a customer. He says he does a dozen hospital jobs a week.
Louisa Lim NPR

In China, waiting in line sometimes feels like a competitive sport. The overnight queue at the launch of Apple's iPad 2 pales in comparison to the epic waits for certain over-subscribed state-run services.

Earlier this month, people waited four days and three nights to register for low-income housing in the central city of Xian, while admission to a certain Beijing kindergarten in Changping last year required a week-long, round-the-clock queue, for which people set up camp beds along the pavement.

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