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The Salt
11:33 am
Fri November 4, 2011

From Nebraska Lab To McDonald's Tray: The McRib's Strange Journey

Fast food giant McDonald's has brought back the McRib until Nov. 14. The sandwich has gained cult acclaim over the past three decades because of its limited availability.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 3:40 pm

Since McDonald's announced the seasonal revival of its popular McRib sandwich last month, there's been a round of reports about what's in the sandwich that have ranged from glib (on its 70 ingredients) to McFib (on the alleged inhumane treatment of the pigs that

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Asia
11:31 am
Fri November 4, 2011

In Bangkok, Residents' Anger Rises With Floodwaters

In Bangkok, floodwaters are rising in some parts of the city, leading to charges that the government is sacrificing the homes and businesses of the poor while protecting the rich . On the west side of Bangkok (shown here Nov. 1), areas are mostly submerged, while the opposite side of the Chao Phraya river is dry.
Alexander Widding Landov

Heavy monsoon rains that began two months ago in Thailand have killed more than 400 people and show no sign of abating as the floodwaters make their way south into the crowded capital, Bangkok.

Anxious residents have stripped store shelves bare of water, rice and other essentials as they wait. And tempers are flaring as some poorer residents complain that their homes and businesses are being sacrificed to protect more affluent and industrial areas closer to the city center.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: 'I Will Return' To Congress

"I will get stronger. I will return" to Congress, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-Ariz.), vows in a new book she has written with her husband about the devastating injuries she received last Jan. 8 when a gunman opened fire during an event she was hosting in Tucson.

It's one of the surest signs yet that she intends to remain in politics and seek re-election next year.

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Economy
10:39 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Stores May Be Slow To Hire For The Holidays

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The latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy is continuing to grow. But the pace is slow enough to suggest the holidays may not be very bright, especially for people seeking seasonal work.

Employers added a total of 80,000 jobs last month — about half the number needed to keep pace with population growth and begin pulling nearly 14 million job seekers back into the workplace.

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Music Reviews
10:36 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Julius Hemphill's 'Dogon A.D.' Still A Revelation 40 Years On

Julius Hemphill's Dogon A.D.
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Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 2:03 pm

Julius Hemphill's "Dogon A.D." — the 15-minute piece, and the album that's named for it — was one of the startling jazz recordings of the 1970s, a rethinking of possibilities open to the avant-garde. In the 1960s, free jazz was mostly loud and bashing, until some Chicagoans began playing a more open, quieter improvised music. That inspired St. Louis players like Hemphill, who also had ties to heartland rhythm-and-blues scenes. Hemphill's genius was to combine the Chicagoans' dramatically spare sound with a heavy backbeat. His new urban music smacked of old country blues.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:20 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Pumped-Up Hoodia Weight-Loss Claims Put Vacation House On Block

Hoodia gordonii plants like this one have been used by generations of bushmen in Southern Africa's Kalahari desert as an appetite suppressant. But the Federal Trade Commission isn't sold on that idea.
David Silverman Getty Images

Hoodia may not help you lose weight. But the supplement, derived from an African plant, may help you lose your vacation house, if you're marketing the stuff with claims that go too far in the eyes of regulators.

The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a settlement with David J. Romeo and two companies he controlled that bans them from "making any weight-loss claims while marketing foods, drugs, and dietary supplements."

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Education
9:41 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Ahoy Students! Cruise Ship Doubles As College Dorm

St. Mary's College of Maryland students were relocated to the 300-foot Sea Voyager after mold spores were discovered in two dorms.
J. Eric Elder via flickr

Students at St. Mary's College of Maryland are starting an impromptu semester at sea — sort of. They will live on a cruise ship that's docked in a river just off campus. The 300-foot Sea Voyager will serve as a floating residence hall because two dorms infested with mold spores were deemed uninhabitable.

Joseph Urgo is president of the small liberal arts college, which is on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in St. Mary's City. He says the floating residence hall on the St. Mary's River makes perfect sense for the college.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri November 4, 2011

VIDEO: After 520 Days, 'Astronauts' Emerge Following Fake Mars Mission

Fast-forward to about the 3-minute mark in this video if you want to see the moment when six men who had lived together in a mock spaceship for 18 months emerged today in Moscow.

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It's All Politics
9:22 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Poll: Cain Still Tied With Romney Despite Sex Harassment Claims

There's been anecdotal evidence, and certainly plenty of signs on social media, that many Republicans still say Herman Cain is their choice for president despite the revelation that the restaurant trade group he once headed paid monetary settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Coming Up: Obama Holds News Conference In Cannes

President Obama held a news conference today in Cannes, France, where he and other leaders from the G-20 nations have wrapped up a two-day summit. We live-blogged as he spoke.

Update at 11:20 a.m. ET. On The President's Comments About GDP And The Economy Since He Took Office:

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