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1:44pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Summer Heat Puts Stress On New England Power Grid

Sweltering heat continued Friday, moving from the Ohio Valley to the East Coast and straining regional power grids.

As temperatures head into near record-breaking territory, demand for power is also getting close to capacity, but authorities in New England say they don't expect to top the record usage set in the summer of 2006. And they're confident they can continue to meet demand.

It's as sure as spring turning to summer. Every time temperatures soar past 90 degrees, fans and conditioners fly off store shelves.

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1:29pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

History Shows Medicare Can Be Cut While Sparing Beneficiaries

Lately you'd think President Obama was threatening to push Granny off the cliff.

That's pretty much been the reaction of liberal Democrats to even the hint that the president might consider reductions in spending for Medicare as part of a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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1:23pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Debt Ceiling: Senate Rejects House Plan; Obama Nixes Constitutional Option

As expected, the Senate rejected House Republican's so called "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan. As we reported when the House approved it, earlier this week, the bill sought to introduce a balance budget amendment to the constitution.

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1:14pm

Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

With Two Stages Left, Tour De France Shakes Up Standings

Defending Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is harangued by a man dressed in medical togs, during Contador's climb of the Alpe d'Huez.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

The final steep mountain stage of the Tour de France brought a flurry of attacks, as Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans and a handful of other riders struggled to win time over each other on the iconic Alpe d'Huez.

At the end of the day, Schleck took over the Tour lead, a testament to his refusal to let first Contador, and then Evans, ride away from him.

With two stages remaining, the top 10 riders are:

  1. Andy Schleck, Luxembourg, Leopard-Trek, 82 hour, 48:43
  2. Frank Schleck, Luxembourg, Leopard-Trek, plus 53 seconds
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1:01pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Business And Economics

Born In The USA? This Blanket Might Look Familiar

Zac and Penny Johnson's son Henry is 4, but they still have his hospital blanket in a box with other keepsakes. Zac remembers bringing one of these blankets home to their dog Daisy to smell, in anticipation of Henry's homecoming.
Andrea Hsu NPR

It may be an unassuming piece of fabric, but it has woven itself prominently into American life.

If you've seen a photo of a newborn baby recently, you've probably laid eyes on it.

We're talking about a white flannel blanket with pink and blue stripes that is used in hospital delivery rooms across the country. It's one of the first things to touch the skin of countless babies every year.

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