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5:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

I'm 'The Chief Worrying Officer': Ted Leonsis On Running Washington Sports

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:55 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:55 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages

Registered nurses Cassie Gregor (from left), Camellia Douglas and Mike Montalto monitor patients in intensive care units scattered around North Carolina.
Kevin McCarthy/Carolinas HealthCare System

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:56 am

Recovering from pneumonia is an unusual experience in the 10-bed intensive care unit at the Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in rural Lincolnton, N.C.

The small hospital has its regular staff, but Richard Gilbert, one of the ICU patients, has an extra nurse who is 45 miles away. That nurse, Cassie Gregor, sits in front of six computer screens in an office building. She wears a headset and comes into Gilbert's room via a computer screen.

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Energy
3:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:55 pm

Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon. And some analysts say weak demand will send oil prices down again.

The recent rise follows an historic drop in prices, which were as low as about $45 a barrel less than two months ago.

So to understand what's going on now, let's look at what sent prices tumbling in the first place

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Fed Chair Yellen's Warning Adds To Recent Market Jitters

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's remarks Wednesday made a lot of investors blink. But there's something to keep in mind before you sell based on her advice.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:06 pm

Both stock and bond markets had already been having a rough week, and then on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen added to the jitters.

She warned that stock valuations are "generally quite high," and that "there are potential dangers there."

So if you happen to be an investor who wants to buy low and sell high (and really, who doesn't?), then you might take Yellen's comment as a suggestion that it's time to sell.

And that's just what happened: Measures of U.S. stock prices all slipped — down about 0.7 percent by midday.

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The Salt
1:27 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Dalma Cartagena teaches a class on agricultural science to elementary-school students in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. "I'm preparing them to make good decisions when it comes to the environment and healthy foods," she says.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:55 pm

Although it's a tropical island, perhaps surprisingly, Puerto Rico produces very little of its own food. After decades of industrialization, the U.S. territory imports more than 80 percent of what's consumed on the island. There are signs, though, the trend is changing.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Wed May 6, 2015

U.S. Approves Ferry Service From Florida To Cuba

A taxi driver steers his classic American car along the Malecon at sunrise in Havana, Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:59 am

The United States issued licenses for ferry service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in five decades.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Treasury Department issued at least four licenses to companies that want to establish ferry service to Cuba from Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and perhaps even Tampa.

The paper reports:

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Business and Economy
8:46 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Oklahoma City Council Approves Incentives For Paycom, Boeing; Overholser Entertainment

The modernized cockpit of a C-130 cargo plane, one of the projects at Boeing's Oklahoma City facility.
Provided Boeing

Oklahoma City Council members signed off on $7.2 million worth of incentives Tuesday designed to encourage Paycom Software and aircraft manufacturer Boeing to create 1,300 new jobs and expand their facilities in central Oklahoma.

During the meeting, Ward 8 councilmember Mark Stonecipher said the Paycom deal would create 423 new jobs over the next two years, with an average salary of about $51,000.

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Energy
5:56 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Future Of Massachusetts' Offshore Wind Farm Is Uncertain

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 3:07 pm

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Food
5:35 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

A pedestrian walks by a Panera Bread restaurant on June 3 in San Francisco. Panera Bread is set to remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from items on its menu by the end of 2016.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 1:53 pm

This news may feel like day-old bread, but here goes: Panera Bread is shaking up the fast-casual eatery world with its announcement to ditch more than 150 food additives by the end of 2016.

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Wed May 6, 2015

How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:37 am

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Scenes of West Baltimore's troubled neighborhoods do raise natural questions. One is why they seem heavily segregated generations after legal segregation ended.

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