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Apr 14, 2012

Boston marathon braces for punishing heat

BOSTON (Reuters) – Organizers of Monday’s Boston Marathon have put extra safety measures in place and are encouraging some runners to sit out the event entirely on what is projected to be one of the hottest days in the race’s 116-year history.

“If the temperatures reach certain levels, running will put even the most fit athletes at risk for heat injury,” the Boston Athletic Association said in an advisory on Saturday.

Apr 13, 2012

After Harvard, future is uncertain for Bo’s son

/BEIJING/LONDON, April 13 (Reuters) – Bo
Guagua, a 24-year-old descendant of Chinese Communist royalty,
seemed destined to one day become a rich and powerful
businessman in an economy that in his lifetime would become the
world’s largest.

His pedigree, elite schooling, easy confidence and
connections left those who knew him in no doubt he would pursue
a business career and amass a fortune.

Apr 4, 2012

Endangered right whale protection goes high-tech

BOSTON, April 4 (Reuters) – Efforts to protect the North
Atlantic right whale have gone high-tech with the creation of an
iPad/iPhone application that can warn mariners when they
approach an area where the highly endangered mammals are
congregating.

The Whale Alert app, available for free download, uses
global positioning system and other technology to send the
latest data about right whale detections, overlaid on National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) digital charts, to
the user’s device.

Apr 4, 2012

Court hears appeals over anti-gay marriage law

BOSTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments on Wednesday about the constitutionality of a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples – a case with implications for gay marriage across the United States.

Lawyers for the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (BLAG) sought to defend the 1996 law, which the Obama administration essentially abandoned in 2011.

Apr 2, 2012

For the love of cod, Gulf of Maine catch quota cut

BOSTON, April 2 (Reuters) – The price of an order of fish
and chips at your local pub could jump this year after U.S.
authorities slashed the amount of Gulf of Maine cod that New
England’s fishermen can haul in, as a way to protect the species
from overfishing.

Fishing agencies and conservation groups are grappling with
a recent assessment that 2010 cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine
had fallen sharply and unexpectedly – a trend that threatens the
long-term survival of the industry.

Mar 30, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Obama gets custom-made New Balance running shoes

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President Barack Obama is well known as a basketball fanatic, but he might feel more like going for a jog after receiving a custom-made pair of New Balance running shows, embroidered with the words “President” and “Obama,” on them Friday night in Maine.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or free sneakers, however. Obama will also get a nudge from a Maine lawmaker to require that the Department of Defense outfit service members with domestically-produced athletic shoes.

Mar 26, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Herman Cain’s bizarre bunny-shooting video

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Former pizza magnate Herman Cain has been out of the presidential race for months, but don’t tell him that. Cain, who held the lead among Republican candidates before a series of sexual harassment allegations surfaced – admittedly, well before a single vote was cast – continues to seek relevance by pumping out campaign-like material on his web site and various social media outlets.

On Monday, a new Cain Solutions spot under the current umbrella of “Sick of Stimulus” drew the ire of animal lovers and was briefly pulled from the website YouTube.

Mar 26, 2012

Immersed in race, Gingrich stays in despite setbacks

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Newt Gingrich’s Southern strategy to get back into the race for the Republican presidential nomination has collapsed, and his campaign is in the red, but the former U.S. House of Representatives speaker is marching on.

Surrounded by a tight-knit team that includes his daughters and his third wife, Callista, Gingrich appears to be enjoying the campaign trail despite his dwindling electoral fortunes. Disliked by his party’s establishment, he still receives regular affirmation from die-hard fans and time in the national spotlight.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana, flexing Southern muscle

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum cruised to victory in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary on Saturday but still trails Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count for the party nomination.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was projected to finish second. Former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich was third, but immediately rejected suggestions he should drop out. Texas congressman Ron Paul ran fourth.

Mar 25, 2012

Santorum wins Louisiana Republican primary: CNN

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican primary on Saturday, CNN projected based on exit polls, adding an 11th state to his total but still trailing Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count.

The network made the call moments after voting closed, citing Santorum’s lead among voters in all income groups except for the very wealthy.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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