12:55pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Why Could Romney's Father Run For President If He Was Born In Mexico?

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 1:29 pm

George Romney, center, with his wife, Lenore, and teenage son Mitt, in 1962.
AP

One of the more dramatic moments in Thursday night's Republican presidential debate was when Mitt Romney said it was "repulsive" of Newt Gingrich to suggest that Romney was the most "anti-immigrant" candidate among the GOP contenders.

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12:53pm

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Fitch Downgrades Credit Of 6 E.U. Countries, Including Spain, Italy

Fitch Ratings announced it was cutting the ratings of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, and Cyprus.

Italy and Spain, two of the biggest eurozone economies, suffered a two-notch drop. Italy went from A+ to A- and Spain went from A to AA-.

Bloomberg reports:

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12:49pm

Fri January 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dengue Fever Cases Surge Worldwide

Not who you want to meet on your tropical vacation.
USDA AP

If winter has you daydreaming of a vacation to sunny lands, you might want to consider the risk of dengue fever in your plans.

The number of cases of the disease, a severe flu-like illness with excruciating headaches, joint and muscle pain, is soaring, according to an update from the World Health Organization.

Now more than 40 percent of the world's population is at risk — 2.5 billion people, according to the group. In 2010, there were 1.6 million cases in the Americas alone.

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11:50am

Fri January 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study: 1 in 14 People Has Oral HPV Infection

So how many people have human papillomavirus in their mouths?

Quite a few, say researchers who got more than 5,000 volunteers across the country to spit into a cup and answer detailed questions about their sex lives.

The bottom line: 6.9 percent of people in the U.S. (ages 14 to 69) have oral infections with HPV. Some types of HPV are linked to cancer and genital warts.

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11:20am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

College Presidents Have Problems With Obama's Message On Tuition

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 5:19 pm

President Obama making his case this morning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Taking an issue he highlighted during his State of the Union address on the road, President Obama this morning told an audience at the University of Michigan that he is "putting colleges on notice" that the era of unabated tuition hikes is over, as The Associated Press reports.

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11:06am

Fri January 27, 2012
Africa

After Bombings, An Exodus From A Nigerian City

Glory Ndudi, a Christian, and her five children board a bus headed out of town on Wednesday. The recent bomb attacks that have targeted churches in Kano, Nigeria, have led to an exodus of Christians from the city.
Grant Clark NPR

The New Road bus station in the heart of Kano is a scene of bedlam.

Men, women and children are milling around, with huge bundles and baggage in all shapes and sizes, waiting to be loaded onto half a dozen buses. Others are already onboard. They're in a desperate hurry to head south, leaving behind this troubled city in the north of Nigeria.

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10:45am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Pentagon's Spending On Key Injuries Isn't Being Tracked Well, Auditors Say

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 10:48 am

The Defense Department has spent close to $3 billion since 2007 to treat and study traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder — the leading injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. But a federal investigation finds that the department's programs are so disorganized that it's difficult to figure out how the money has been spent.

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10:25am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Spokesman Rejects Report That Ron Paul 'Signed Off' On Racist Newsletters

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 12:11 pm

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, during Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

For more than a decade, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has had to deal with questions about why a newsletter he published in the 1980s and '90s included some racist writings. He's said more than once that, while he takes responsibility for what was in the newsletters, he didn't pay enough attention to what was printed, wasn't aware of the racist messages at the time and rejects them.

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9:53am

Fri January 27, 2012
Presidential Race

Why A Fight To The Finish May Not Be A Bad Thing

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 10:53 am

Lynn Coffin holds boxing hand puppets of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (left) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign event this week in Sarasota, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

In election season, conventional wisdom holds that a costly, drawn-out primary fight hurts a nominee in the general election.

It's a notion that appeals to common sense. After all, the thinking goes, if a boxer endures nine rounds with a formidable challenger and immediately steps back into the ring with a well-rested heavyweight, that can't be good.

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9:52am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

35 Pounds Of Cocaine Are Mailed To U.N. Headquarters

New York City Police officers stand guard in front of the United Nations buildings in 2005.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Somehow 35.5 pounds of cocaine wrapped in a fake diplomatic sack made it to the United Nations' headquarters in New York. The AFP reports that U.N. officials said on Thursday that the cocaine had been shipped from Mexico through DHL, which handles U.N. mail.

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9:17am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Salt

From Health Food To Health Risk: Sprouts Slip Off The Menu

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 11:55 am

Fresh and green, yes. Clean, maybe not.
Jowita Stachowiak iStockPhoto.com

At the rate they're going, those nutritious-looking sprouts may disappear from sandwiches and salads near you in not too long. And that may be a good thing.

This week, the Beaumont, Tex.-based Jason's Deli chain announced that it would no longer serve fresh sprouts, citing frequent recalls due to bacterial contamination.

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9:04am

Fri January 27, 2012
Middle East

U.N. Security Council Meets On Syria Solutions

Violence is increasing in Syria, with activists reporting multiple clashes in cities. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss a resolution on the conflict there. It's also likely to ask President Bashar Assad to step down.

8:52am

Fri January 27, 2012

8:29am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Twitter Announces It Can Now Block Content By Country

Twitter logo.
Twitter

Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country. This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.

In a blog post, Twitter explained:

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7:34am

Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Signaling Modest Growth, U.S. GDP Grew At 2.8 Percent In Fourth Quarter

The United States economy continued to expand modestly toward the end of 2011. The Commerce Department says it grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 1.7 in all of 2011.

This means that the economy has expanded for the last two years, after a 3.5 percent decline in 2009. The economy did slow down in 2011. It grew 3 percent in 2010.

The Commerce Department explains:

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