The Salt
12:33 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Man On A Mission: Create The World's Hottest Chile

Ed Currie's chilis are not for the faint of heart, tongue or stomach.
Tanner Latham WFAE

Look out, heat fiends. A chili pepper so outrageously hot that it makes 2 in 3 people who eat it throw up is about to hit online stores.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:40 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Tests Find Formaldehyde In More Hair Straighteners

A variety of hair-straightening products used in professional salons can expose both hairdressers and their customers to formaldehyde, an independent study finds. And the chemical can be really irritating, literally.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Fri November 11, 2011

MF Global Fires All 1,066 Brokerage Employees

The spectacular collapse of the brokerage unit at MF Global has now cost all 1,066 employees their jobs.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Russia Running Out Of Time, As Mars Mission Seems Destined To Fail

The Zenit-2SB rocket with Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Soil) craft blasts off from its launch pad at the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Oleg Urusov AP

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 2:58 pm

Russians are feeling pretty gloomy after spending days trying to contact a spacecraft aimlessly orbiting Earth.

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was destined for one of Mars' moons. As we reported earlier this week, it was supposed to scoop up some rocks and return home with its specimens, but one of its boosters failed to ignite and now it's stuck.

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The Impact of War
11:09 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Treating Soldiers With Severe Combat Wounds

David Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post. He was previously a staff correspondent for Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun.

courtesy of David Wood

This interview was originally broadcast on October 13, 2011.

Improvements in medical care and equipment mean fewer troops are dying on the battlefield. But more troops are returning home severely wounded, with injuries that require lifelong care and cost millions of dollars in medical bills.

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Frank James joined NPR News in April 2009 to launch the blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Mark Memmott.

"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

James came to NPR from the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 20 years. In 2006, James created "The Swamp," the paper's successful politics and policy news blog whose readership climbed to a peak of 3 million page-views a month.

The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Rep. Giffords Speaks: Feels 'Pretty Good,' She Tells ABC

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
ABC News

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 10:41 am

For the many Americans who have been following the story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as she recovers from being shot in the head last January, there's now a chance to briefly hear her voice.

She feels "pretty good," Giffords has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, although things are still "difficult."

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It's All Politics
9:46 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Poll: Cain, Romney, Gingrich Tied; Most In GOP Unfazed By Harassment Charges

"Volatile" is one of the words that probably best describes the race for the Republican presidential nomination and a new CBS News poll captures that flux. The national poll indicates a three-way tie, showing Herman Cain at 18 percent and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at 15 percent each.

That's essentially a tie since the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:23 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Chew On This: Some Gum May Ward Off Ear Infections

Chewing gum containing the sugar substitute xylitol appears to reduce kids' risk for ear infections, but the protection doesn't come easily.
David Maixner iStockphoto.com

When young children get ear infections, parents face an unpleasant choice: dose them with antibiotics and pain relievers, or tough it out.

But certain kinds of chewing gum may help reduce the number of ear infections children get in the first place.

That's chewing gum with xylitol, a natural form of sugar sometimes used in gum and candies because it has fewer calories for its sweetness than table sugar, or sucrose.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Penn State's Interim President: 'My Heart Aches'

"My heart aches for the victims and the families and my mind searches for answers," Penn State University's interim president, Rodney Erickson, just said at the opening of a meeting of the school's board of trustees.

WPVI-TV is streaming the meeting here.

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