Shots - Health News
1:37 am
Tue January 22, 2013

'Roe V. Wade' Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

While the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision of Jan. 22, 1973, is usually considered the start of the abortion debate, the move to relax state abortion laws began with medical and law professionals in the 1960s. Here, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and doctors from Johns Hopkins University and the Harvard Divinity School announce the International Conference on Abortion on Aug. 9, 1967.
Bob Daugherty AP

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:57 pm

Jan. 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

But the conventional wisdom that the court's 7-2 decision marked the beginning of a contentious battle that still rages today is not the case, according to those on both sides of the dispute.

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Europe
1:35 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Under A Cloud Of Austerity, Real Smoke Clouds Greece As Well

A haze of smoke hangs over Athens early Jan. 3. The hazy conditions result from residents' switch to wooden stoves and fireplaces for heating, as many households can no longer afford to buy heating oil.
Petros Giannakouris AP

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:06 am

In this winter of austerity and Depression-era unemployment, a fog of woodsmoke hangs over the Greek capital on cold nights.

It's coming from the tens of thousands of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves Athenians are using to heat their homes. Most can no longer afford heating oil, the price of which has risen 40 percent since last year. The government also cut a fuel subsidy for low-income families earlier this month.

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Around the Nation
5:19 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Balls Downsized The Second Time Around

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

So 9-year-old Lauren Kanabel there has a dream: a girl president elected in 2016. And whether or not that dream comes true, there will be inaugural balls. The tradition dates back to George Washington. Four years ago, President Obama attended ten inaugural balls, this year only two, both at the convention center here in Washington. And NPR's Allison Aubrey is there. She joins us by phone. Allison, the ball has been going on for a few hours now. What's the scene?

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

When It Comes To Inaugural Fashion, First Family Stays The Course

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the Senate carriage entrance for the presidential inauguration ceremonies at the U.S Capitol.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:24 am

Update at 9:05 p.m. ET Michelle Obama's Dress

NBC News is reporting that the first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown, Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald to the Commander in Chief Ball. The White House said that the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives at the end of the inaugural events.

Our original post:

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Politics
3:21 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Seisen! The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire airs on Monday, February 4th at 9 pm.

Seisen

SEISEN! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE 1905-1945 chronicles the dramatic story of a proud and ambitious warrior nation, and how Japan, ultimately, paid a terrible price for its audacity. The documentary explores Japan's militaristic history in the first half of the 20th century – from its victory in the Russo-Japanese war to its defeat in World War II.

SEISEN: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1905 - 1945 can be seen on Monday, February 4th at 9:00 p.m.

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Arts
3:18 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years airs Sunday, February 3rd at 9 pm.

Follow the ambitious two-year process of restoring the Boynton House in Rochester, NY — one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright creations still functioning as a private, single-family residence— to its original splendor, following Wright's design concepts and architectural philosophy. Photo courtesy of WXXI.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S BOYNTON HOUSE: THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS provides an exclusive look inside the painstaking process of restoring and rehabilitating a historic home. Even today, the Boynton House — one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright creations still functioning as a private, single-family residence instead of a museum — stands out among the traditional Tudors and colonials that line the streets of its Rochester, New York neighborhood.

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Arts
3:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

"Tim McGraw" on Austin City Limits can be seen on Saturday, February 2nd at 9 pm.

Delight in a full hour of hits and new songs from country superstar Tim McGraw.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the ACL stage with his greatest hits and new material.

Hear Tim McGraw on Saturday, February 2nd at 9:00 p.m.

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Arts
3:09 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Shakespeare Uncovered "Richard II with Derek Jacoby" airs on Friday, February 1st at 9 pm.

Find out from Derek Jacobi, who once played Richard II, why the play could have cost Shakespeare his life.

Derek Jacobi returns to a role he played 30 years ago, coaches actors at the Globe in aspects of the play, reveals why it could have cost Shakespeare his life — and shares some of the extraordinary modern political parallels within the play that still resonate as dictators are deposed. Also featured are notable excerpts from the upcoming GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation starring Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart.

Shakespeare Uncovered " Richard II with Derek Jacoby" can be seen on Friday, February 1st at 9:00 p.m.

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Around the Nation
3:05 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Kentucky's Coal Country, A Resentment For Obama

The Big Sandy Power Plant, 4 miles north of Louisa, is the biggest industry in Lawrence County. Local residents blame President Obama's environmental policies for the company's plans to close the plant in 2015.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 6:22 pm

If the voters in Louisa, Ky., had their wish, Mitt Romney would have taken the oath of office Monday. Louisa is in eastern Kentucky, and "coal" was the one-word issue in the election. President Obama is seen as an enemy of coal mining and he got only 27 percent of the vote in the county.

And now comes word that Louisa is going to lose its biggest industry — a power generating plant that's been burning coal since 1962.

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Asia
2:35 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Myanmar, A Hunt For Fabled Cache Of Buried WWII Spitfires

A crowd surrounds a British Spitfire and an Auster in the courtyard of the Civic Hall in Rangoon, Burma, on April 3, 1946.
Anonymous AP

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:15 pm

For the past few weeks a team of scientists, archaeologists and documentary makers has been digging at Yangon's international airport in Myanmar, also known as Burma. They are searching for a legendary trove of Spitfire fighter planes, said to have been buried in Burma in the waning days of World War II.

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