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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

Jeremy the koala — who became a social-media sensation after a photo went viral showing him recuperating from injuries sustained in an Australian wildfire –- is being released back into the wild.

The three-year-old male koala, nicknamed after his rescuer, was removed from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia after a massive brushfire swept through the area. His paws had been burned and he was badly in need of treatment.

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Shots - Health News
10:42 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results

Medical homes are a simple, compelling idea: Give primary-care doctors resources to reduce preventable medical crises for diabetics, asthmatics and others with chronic illness, and it will reduce hospital visits, improve lives and save money.

But it's not so easy in practice.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bomb Attack On Shiite Mosque In Pakistan Leaves At Least 49 Dead

Pakistani protesters in Karachi condemn a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur on Friday.
Fareed Khan AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:05 am

At least 49 people are dead and dozens injured after a blast ripped through a mosque in southern Pakistan where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers.

Jundullah, a Sunni militant group with links to the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Shikarpur, Sindh province.

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Shots - Health News
10:22 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

The Dexcom Share device is designed to help parents monitor a child's glucose levels remotely.
Dexcom, Inc.

Every person who uses insulin to manage diabetes wants what they don't have — a replacement for their malfunctioning pancreas. And though the technology isn't yet to the point of creating an artificial pancreas, it's getting a lot closer.

Just last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a mobile app-based system can monitor a person's sugar levels remotely. A parent can monitor a child's sugar while she or he is in school, for example, providing greater peace of mind.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney says he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination once again.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:00 am

Updated at 11:58 a.m.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn't running for president in 2016, he told supporters in a statement.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," he said in the statement.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloonists Crossing Pacific Set Distance Record

In this photo provided by the Two Eagles balloon team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan.
Troy Bradley AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 10:36 am

Two balloonists have unofficially left a distance record in their wake as they head east over the Pacific Ocean. They lifted off from Japan, and now they're getting ready for a landing on Saturday somewhere on Mexico's Baja peninsula.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Boston Marathon Winner Rita Jeptoo Banned 2 Years For Doping

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:42 am

One of the marathon world's brightest stars has been banned for two years, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Athletics Kenya, the body that governs running in the country, said Rita Jeptoo tested positive for erythropoietin, or EPO, which stimulates the production of red blood cells.

Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times and she won her second Chicago Marathon in October.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

Saudi authorities have once again canceled the scheduled flogging of blogger Raif Badawi who is being punished for insulting Islam, according to Amnesty International, the human rights group that has been closely following the case.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Fri January 30, 2015

China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

A Chinese paramilitary police stands in front a portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden city, Beijing, China, in November.
Aaron Favila AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 9:12 am

China's education minister has told universities to stop using textbooks that promote Western values in a move seen as part of a larger ideological crackdown, reports NPR's Frank Langfitt from Shanghai.

At an educational forum, Yuan Guiren said universities should also forbid criticism of China's leaders and the country's political system, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Frank says the edict comes as the government disrupts virtual private networks, or VPNs, which help people access foreign websites that China's Internet cops have already blocked.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Ezio Petersen UPI /Landov

The obituary in The Los Angeles Times describes Rod McKuen as "prolific" and that may well be an understatement considering the many compositions he churned out.

McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry.

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