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The Salt
4:08 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:11 pm

On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

As we reported, John Bohannon conducted a real — but deeply flawed — study on how chocolate affects weight loss. He wrote press releases to alert the media, then sat back and watched who bit. Many news organizations around the world took the bait.

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Shots - Health News
3:52 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs.
Bjorn Rune Lie Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

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Law
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Taser International is now selling police departments the technology to store videos from body cameras.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

You know what a pain it can be storing and organizing the millions of videos you've shot on your smartphone. Now imagine you're a police officer, and you wear a body camera every day.

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. In the months since Ferguson, share prices for the camera manufacturer Taser International have doubled. But in the long run, the real money is in selling police a way to store all that video.

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Shots - Health News
3:10 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert's Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:40 pm

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting.

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Death Toll In Southern Plains Flooding Rises To 25

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state.
Jay Janner TNS /Landov

The number of people who died because of storms that have inundated parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week has hit 25 people, after search crews found a drowned truck driver whose vehicle had overturned in a culvert near Dallas.

That's the word from member station KERA, where Lauren Silverman reports that a new batch of storms that hit Dallas-Fort Worth "dumped three to seven inches of rain on an already over-saturated area" last night.

All that water created treacherous conditions for this morning's commute; widespread and serious delays were reported.

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Music News
2:54 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Before Berry Gordy's Motown, There Was John Dolphin's Recorded In Hollywood

John Dolphin and his wife Ruth Dolphin pose in his record store around 1958.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

Jeanette Baker got to know John Dolphin when she was an aspiring teenage singer in the 1950s.

"I can see him now walking around with that cigar," Baker says. "When he walked around, you knew he was somebody, OK, because he had that air ... which was kind of unusual in those days because being a black man with all that competence that he had, he was like a role model to us."

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Commentary
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Week In Politics: New Presidential Contenders, Patriot Act

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:21 pm

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Politics
2:23 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders To Face Test In New Hampshire

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:09 pm

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