A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of a chemical compound classified as a possible human carcinogen in many popular brands of soda.
The findings have prompted the Food and Drug Administration to take a new look at the compound, 4-methylimidazole — or 4-MEI for short. It is found in the caramel color that soda makers use to dye the drinks brown.
Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:30 pm
Texas has imposed strict new regulations on the insurance helpers, or navigators, who work in the community to enroll people in health plans under the Affordable Care Act.
The navigators must register with the state, undergo a background check and fingerprinting, and complete 20 hours of additional training — beyond the 20 to 30 hours of federal training they've already received.
South Sudan's government-delegation leader Nhial Deng Nhial (left) and the rebel-delegation leader Taban Deng Gai shake hands after signing a cease-fire agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.
A cease-fire deal has been reached between the government of the nascent country of South Sudan and rebel forces to end five weeks of fighting that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
The agreement for a countrywide cease-fire was signed Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. NPR's Gregory Warner, reporting from Bukavu in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, says the deal marks a breakthrough in peace talks that stalled for weeks over the fate of 11 political prisoners under house arrest by the South Sudanese government.
Freed U.S. journalist Laura Ling (center) speaks after she and her sister, fellow journalist Euna Lee (3rd from right), arrived in Burbank, Calif., from North Korea on Aug. 5, 2009. After talks in Pyongyang with former U.S. President Bill Clinton (left), then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardoned the women, who were sentenced to hard labor for entering the country illegally.
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Korean War veteran Merrill Newman (left), accompanied by his wife, Lee, speaks to the media after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Dec. 7, 2013, following his release from detention in North Korea. Pyongyang deported Newman after detaining him for two months for "hostile acts" against the communist country.
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U.S. missionary Robert Park arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang on Feb. 6, 2010. North Korea detained Park for 43 days for possessing a Bible.