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9:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
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Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 12:18 pm

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Is 'Well,' Says EU Official

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate against the military-backed government in Cairo. Morsi, who has been detained since July 3, is in good health, a European official says.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:33 am

After a long talk with ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton says Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, is in good health.

"We talked for two hours; we talked in-depth. He has access to information, in terms of TV, newspapers — so, we were able to talk about the situation," Ashton tells the BBC. "And we were able to talk about the need to move forward."

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8:32 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Obamacare Glitch Could Make Coverage Unaffordable For Low-Wage Workers

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WASHINGTON -- It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels.
WASHINGTON -- It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. That might seem strange since the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer "affordable" coverage or face fines.
8:29 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Nigeria: Multiple blasts in Christian area of northern Kano city kill 12, injure scores

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KANO, Nigeria — Multiple explosions that blasted a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of Nigeria’s northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 12 people, the military said Tuesday.
KANO, Nigeria - A hospital official says that multiple explosions at a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of Nigeria's northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 24 people. Lt.
8:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

FBI 'saves 105 trafficked children in 76 US cities'

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The FBI says it has rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps in 76 US cities over the weekend, in an operation against child prostitution. The largest numbers of children rescued were in San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans. FBI assistant director Ronald Hosko said the Operation Cross Country VII raids had been the agency's largest action against child exploitation.
The FBI has announced it has rescued 105 children across 76 US cities over the weekend, in an operation against child sex trafficking. Some 150 pimps were also arrested in the raids, said the FBI, conducted as part of Operation Cross Country VII.
8:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

U.S. Balancing Act With Egypt Grows Trickier

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The Obama administration has prodded Egypt’s generals to restore a democratic government while trying not to jeopardize any future influence on the military or undermine security arrangements.
WASHINGTON - In four weeks of quiet but intense diplomacy, the Obama administration has engaged in a balancing act, prodding Egypt's generals to avoid violence and restore a democratic government while trying not to jeopardize any future influence on the military or undermine security arrangements that have been at the heart of a three-decade relationship.
8:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Italy bus crash: Mass funeral held near Pozzuoli

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A funeral has been held near the southern Italian town of Pozzuoli for the 38 victims of Sunday's bus crash. Prime Minister Enrico Letta was among about 4,000 people at the service, which was held in a sports hall. Bishop of Pozzuoli, Gennaro Pascarella, urged the authorities to clarify the causes of the accident, saying: "We must ensure this never happens again."
A funeral has been held near the southern Italian town of Pozzuoli for the 38 victims of Sunday's bus crash. Prime Minister Enrico Letta was among about 4,000 people at the service, which was held in a sports hall.
The Two-Way
8:04 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Suspected Nazi War Criminals Living In Limbo In U.S.

John (Ivan) Kalymon talks about his deportation outside his Troy, Mich., home in this 2009 photo. Kalymon is one of at least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals who remains in the United States despite attempts to deport him.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:38 pm

At least 10 people suspected of committing Nazi war crimes were never deported from the U.S. despite losing the American citizenship they gained when they immigrated, The Associated Press reports. A main cause of the delay is simple: Their European homelands don't want them back.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Book News: Campaigner For Jane Austen Banknote Deluged With Threats

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Fiery Explosions Rock Florida Propane Tank Plant

A Blue Rhino propane gas plant burns, as seen in a frame grab from an AP video. The fire sent at least seven workers to the hospital Monday night.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:23 am

A series of fiery explosions ravaged a Blue Rhino propane gas plant in central Florida's Lake County late Monday night, forcing nearby residents to be evacuated. The detonations reportedly lasted for some 30 minutes and were heard as far as 10 miles away. A fire at the plant raged into the early morning hours.

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: Work Continues; No Sign Of Sabotage

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