Shots - Health Blog
4:49 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Supreme Court Sets Historic Showdown For Health Law

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 6:27 pm

The Supreme Court said Monday it will review President Obama's health care overhaul, setting up an election year legal showdown.

In an apparent effort to be as comprehensive as possible, the court certified four questions for review. First, and most important: Did Congress exceed its constitutional authority in requiring virtually all Americans to have basic health care coverage?

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Around the Nation
4:46 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Gangs Enter New Territory With Sex Trafficking

Weapons and paraphernalia from gangs are displayed during a news conference in 2006. Authorities in Fairfax, Va., have brought five prostitution cases in the past year against gangs. One member of the MS-13 gang was recently sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The MS-13 gang got its start among immigrants from El Salvador in the 1980s. Since then, the gang has built operations in 42 states, mostly out West and in the Northeastern United States, where members typically deal in drugs and weapons.

But in Fairfax County, Va., one of the wealthiest places in the country, authorities have brought five cases in the past year that focus on gang members who have pushed women, sometimes very young women, into prostitution.

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

American Eagle Fined $90K For Long Tarmac Delays

For the first time, the Department of Transportation has fined an airline for keeping passengers cooped up in a plane while it lounges on the tarmac for hours. Today, DOT announced it fined American Eagle, a regional affiliate of American Airlines, $900,000 for 15 planes that sat on a Chicago O'Hare International Airport runway for more than three hours.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Author Interviews
3:55 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

In Don DeLillo's 'Angel,' Stories Of America Alone

Novelist Don DeLillo is known for his sweeping works of fiction, including White Noise, Falling Man, Libra and Underworld. His latest work, The Angel Esmeralda, is a collection of nine short stories.
Joyce Ravid Scribner

Over the past 30 years, prolific American author Don DeLillo has written more than a dozen novels, including White Noise, Falling Man, Libra and Underworld. But his latest, The Angel Esmeralda, is a departure from his expansive novels. It is a collection of short stories — nine brief flashes, which, like DeLillo's longer works, center on characters who feel out of sync with the worlds around them.

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Europe
3:51 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Monti Brings Experience, Clout To Italian Leadership

Italy's new premier-designate economist Mario Monti meets with journalists at the Quirinale Presidential Palace after talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome on Sunday. Monti told reporters that he will carry out the task "with a great sense of responsibility and service toward this nation."
Pier Paolo Cito AP

In a country where politicians shield themselves behind dark-tinted windows in sleek limousines, Roman paparazzi are having a field day with Italy's new premier-designate, Mario Monti, who actually walks down the street, without bodyguards.

But the longest sound bite reporters are likely to get from him is: "Isn't it a splendid day?"

Monti was chosen to replace the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced to step down over the country's worsening eurozone crisis.

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Business
3:51 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

New York May Become Newest Bike-Sharing Mecca

A woman rides down a Manhattan street on a bicycle in New York City. Like many major metropolitan areas, New York has witnessed a surge in bicycle use and plans to launch a bike-share plan by next summer.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

New Yorkers spent part of this fall pedaling demo versions of a new bike that may become as common as the city's yellow cabs.

The city has chosen an Oregon company, Alta Planning & Design, to set up a fleet of 10,000 rental bikes.

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

King Abdullah Of Jordan Says Syrian President Should Step Down

Jordan's King Abdullah.
Khalil Mazraawi AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah of Jordan put more pressure on Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad to step down.

"I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down," King Abdullah told the BBC. "If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life."

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Mitt Romney
3:32 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Romney Banks On Lean, Low-Key Strategy In Iowa

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 4:01 pm

As one GOP presidential candidate after another bounces up, and then down, in the polls, Mitt Romney has established himself as the slow and steady front-runner for most of the race.

Even if he's not thrilling the Republican Party's conservative wing, the former Massachusetts governor has managed to hover at or near the top. That's also true in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, despite waging a low-key campaign.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Foreign Policy A Fresh Target For GOP Hopefuls

The economy is expected to dominate all other issues in next year's presidential race. But in recent days, both the Republican candidates and President Obama have focused on foreign policy.

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The Salt
2:50 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Local Food Is No Small Potatoes: Farmers Rake In Almost $5 Billion

It's easy to think of local food as a diversion for people with plenty of time and money — something that could never be a major source of food in a globalized world. But the number $5 billion might change that perception.

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