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12:40pm

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Rescuers Trying To Reach Idaho Miner Forced To Take Longer Route

Falling rock and the ongoing threat of more rock falls have forced rescuers to give up on the direct route to 53-year-old Larry Marek, who has been trapped in an Idaho silver mine since Friday.

Rescuers had been trying to dig through the rubble that fills a mine tunnel more than a mile underground. But a relatively small, remotely-controlled mucking machine was only able to make 40 feet of progress in three days.

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12:38pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Opinion

Breathing Life Into Bland, Blunt Birth Certificates

Jake Halpern teaches journalism at Yale University.

President Obama's birth certificate, the one that his campaign released in 2008, is one seriously boring document. It tells us almost nothing about his actual birth — other than the bare-bones details. I assumed all certificates were like this until one day, a few weeks ago, when my dad discovered his father's birth certificate — which was issued in Poland, 107 years ago.

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12:11pm

Tue April 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

White House Plan To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse Is Heavy On Education

The Obama administration this morning unveiled a plan to stem the rising abuse and misuse of prescription painkillers.

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11:05am

Tue April 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Though Fidel Castro Has Stepped Aside, Cuba's Old Guard Remains In Charge

"Raul Castro has been named first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party, with his aging brother Fidel not included in the party's leadership for the first time since its creation more than four decades ago," The Associated Press writes from Havana.

And, "despite raising hopes during the gathering that a new generation of leaders was poised to take up important positions, Raul announced Tuesday that 80-year-old longtime confidante Jose Ramon Machado Ventura would be his No. 2. The 78-year-old vice president Ramiro Valdes was named to the No. 3 spot."

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11:05am

Tue April 19, 2011
The Picture Show

Washing Away The Arctic Coastline

Two-thirds of the Arctic coastline is made of permafrost — an environment that is very sensitive to warming temperatures. A new report says erosion is causing these coastline regions to recede by an average of 1.5 feet per year.

Unlike rock shoreline, permafrost loses its structure when it warms above freezing. "Surface air temperatures have reached record levels over the past decade," the report from an international consortium found. Combine this with weakened permafrost and there's a recipe for erosion.

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