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Shots - Health Blog
10:37 am
Tue February 21, 2012

When Body Piercings Go Bad

Will it look as good with a scar?

Thinking about getting a body piercing? Who hasn't, right?

Well, one thing to consider is that about 20 percent of the time there are complications from the procedure, such as infection or scarring, a fresh review of the medical literature finds.

Piercings of the bellybutton and upper ear are especially prone to problems.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Tue February 21, 2012

High Court Will Weigh Discount Fees In Quicken Mortgage Case

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 10:35 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case testing whether it is illegal for mortgage lenders to tack on fees to closing costs for services that were not provided. The case was brought by three Louisiana couples who claim their lender violated a 1974 federal law aimed at preventing abusive practices in real estate closings.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Tue February 21, 2012

A Year Later, One Libyan Fighter Says 'Nothing Has Changed'

Danny Vampire, "a battle-hardened veteran of Libya's 2011 revolution."
Andy Carvin

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 9:54 am

A lanky Libyan man leans hard against the railing, looking out at the waves of the Mediterranean crashing below us on the seafront in Benghazi. He's lost in thought for a moment, then shakes his head and takes a long drag from his cigarette.

"They were dropping like flies," he says. "I knew I was going to die next."

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Political Junkie
9:23 am
Tue February 21, 2012

What If Mitt Romney Loses Michigan?

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is handed mail by an aide on his campaign bus between campaign stops in Monroe, Mich., and Farmington Hills, Mich.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 4:45 am

In the greater scheme of things, with everything else that's been going on lately, the question is not exactly apocalyptic. But for the Mitt Romney campaign, it could very well be: What if he loses the Michigan primary on Feb. 28?

With polls showing Rick Santorum suddenly becoming the Republicans' preferred choice for president, and with some even showing him taking a lead in Michigan — once thought to be safe Romney territory — the question becomes very real and very relevant.

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Mountain Stage
9:22 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Amos Lee On Mountain Stage

Amos Lee.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 7:00 am

Neo-soul singer-songwriter Amos Lee makes his third visit to Mountain Stage to play songs from his new album Mission Bell before an enthusiastic sold-out audience in Charleston, W. Va. Influenced by 70's soul of Bill Withers and folk singers like James Taylor, Lee eventually left his job an elementary school teacher to peruse songwriting full-time.

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