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3:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Stumped Politician Phones Merkel On TV Quiz Show, Gets Voice Mail

Wolfgang Bosbach — not on the set of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Britta Pedersen EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:54 pm

If you're stuck while playing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? it's probably a bad idea to call a world leader for the phone-a-friend option.

But that's precisely what Wolfgang Bosbach did. Twice.

Bosbach, a political ally of Angela Merkel, called the German chancellor when he was stuck on the celebrity version of the game show. The question that stumped him: Why was the East German WM66 washing machine legendary?

He got Merkel's voice mail both times.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

In Ireland, Allegations Of A Mass Grave At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:36 am

A small Irish community has been rocked by allegations that the bodies of dead children may have been interred in a disused septic tank behind a former home for unmarried mothers. The home, located in the town of Tuam near Galway city, had been run by the Bon Secours nuns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

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The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

Seattle waitress Wendy Harrison picks up a lunch order on Monday. She stands to be affected by a $15 minimum wage approved by the Seattle City Council.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:12 pm

No political idea is being as heavily test-marketed these days as the minimum wage.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour — more than double the federal rate of $7.25 and almost 50 percent more than the $10.10 per hour figure favored by President Obama.

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

Egyptian supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi chant slogans during a celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square last week. On Tuesday, election officials certified that Sisi secured 97 percent of the vote.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 4:23 pm

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief, has secured a whopping 96.9 percent of the vote in the country's presidential election, but fewer than half of those allowed to cast ballots did so, according to the election officials.

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Shots - Health News
1:23 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

Gimma a "D!" The Health Datapalooza crowd went wild for this selfie by Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer at Health and Human Services.
Bryan Sivak Twitter

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 5:11 pm

The crowd in a hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C., was rocking on Monday, the 2,000 people shrieking with excitement over federal health-care databases. That could only happen at Health Datapalooza, the annual summit for data geeks, doctors, researchers and patients who want to use data to transform health care — or at least make a buck.

Both of those goals are proving to demand a lot more than just coming up with a nifty API and getting the venture capitalists to buy in.

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