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9:55 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Global Ambitions For A Bulgarian Pill To Help Smokers Quit

For decades, smokers behind the iron curtain had special help when it came to quitting smoking. A pill derived from the seeds of the Golden Rain acacia tree helped lessen cravings for nicotine.

A Bulgarian pharmaceutical company has sold the drug in Eastern Europe as under the brand name Tabex since the 1960s. In Poland, where it remains popular, a course of treatment costs about $15. It's not approved for use in the U.S.

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Around the Nation
9:52 am
Thu September 29, 2011

The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

Water plant operator Torrey Jones checks the clarity of a sample of treated water at the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority water treatment plant in Beaver Falls, Pa.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 9:36 am

Susan Wallace-Babb lived on a ranch in western Colorado. One summer night in 2005, she drove her truck down the road into a field out past her neighbors. She stepped out of her truck, felt woozy and immediately passed out.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Five More High Profile Inmates Sent To 'Guantanamo North' Prison Units

Five men convicted in a recent wave of high profile domestic terrorism cases are now in special communications management units (CMUs) in the American Midwest, where their conversations are monitored 24 hours a day by counterterrorism analysts at the U.S Bureau of Prisons in West Virginia.

A new analysis by NPR's Investigations unit shows several new arrivals into the secretive CMU units, based in Terre Haute, Ind. and Marion, Ill.:

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Syrian Government Supporters Throw Stones, Tomatoes At U.S. Ambassador

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 10:26 am

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was on his way to meet an opposition figure, when government supporters threw stones, eggs and tomatoes at his convoy.

The BBC reports:

Veteran politician Hassan Abdul Azim said about 100 protesters tried to get into his office as Mr Ford arrived and then surrounded it. Mr Ford, who has been accused of inciting protests, was trapped inside the building for at least two hours.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Offered Special Treatment, Medal Of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer Declines

President Barack Obama applauds former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, 23, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, after awarding him the Medal of Honor at the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 9:57 am

Dakota Meyer, the Marine sergeant who received the Medal of Honor this month from President Obama at the White House, has turned down an opportunity to apply to be a New York City firefighter. The city's application deadline expired on Sept. 19 and Meyer — who was honored at the White House on Sept. 15 — missed the deadline. His attorney asked whether New York could briefly re-open the application process and a federal judge agreed — but only if Meyer was the sole applicant.

That's why Meyer said no thanks.

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