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Wed June 8, 2011
Music News

Palestinians In Lebanon Find A Political Tool In Hip-Hop

Walking through the serpentine streets of a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Mohammed Turek stops at his homemade recording studio. It measures only six by twelve feet, and the walls are covered with foam-rubber baffling and political posters. Turek, known as TNT, records tracks here for his rap group, I-Voice.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA: High Dose Of Popular Cholesterol Medicine May Damage Muscles

The Food and Drug Administration is beefing up the safety instructions for simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering medication that was the second-most prescribed medicine in the U.S. last year.

The agency says the highest approved dose of simvastatin (80 milligrams) has been linked to a higher risk of muscle injury, a risk that is greatest during the first year of use. The symptoms of the damage, a condition called myopathy, include pain, tenderness and weakness.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Economy Leaves Homebuyers Cautious To Commit

It turns out that the housing market works a lot like love. At least for some people.

Take Christina Huang. She fell in love with a $969,000 house in Northern Virginia. She could picture raising a family. But there were a few red flags after an inspection, and she realized it wasn't going to work.

It took her several months to go on a proper date with her husband. Her housing search has taken considerably longer.

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Wed June 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Texas Governor's Plan For Day Of Prayer Meets Resistance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) last November.
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Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry announced yesterday that in response to America's crisis, he was calling on fellow Americans to join him in a day of prayer.

"I sincerely hope you'll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God's forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees," he writes on the website for the event, which has been called The Response.

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Wed June 8, 2011

Sure, It's Sleazy — But Is It Illegal?

Politicians caught up in sex scandals have something more to look forward to than embarrassment and potential loss of office. They may face legal scrutiny as well.

"The partisans on both sides no longer seem satisfied to have a scandalized opponent brought to the public square for a tar-and-feather session," says Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "The public, or some of it, wants to pursue legal charges against certified political sleazebags."

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