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11:52am

Mon January 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 5:41 am

"Oh, just put a pillow underneath your hips during sex, then you'll definitely get pregnant," a good friend told me. "That did the trick for us — twice."

Now, the friend is a smart woman. She has a Ph.D. in biology, for Pete's sake. So she must know what she's talking about when it comes to conception, right?

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11:48am

Mon January 27, 2014
The Two-Way

NYT: NSA Can Exploit Mobile Apps For Information

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:53 pm

The National Security Agency, along with its British counterpart, the GCHQ, can exploit sometimes very personal data that leaks from popular phone apps.

That's according to The New York Times, which is basing its reporting on secret British documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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11:45am

Mon January 27, 2014
Author Interviews

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. But in The Pope and Mussolini, David Kertzer says the historical record and a trove of recently released archives tell a very different story.

It's fascinating, Kertzer tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "how in a very brief period of time, Mussolini came to realize the importance of enlisting the pope's support."

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11:45am

Mon January 27, 2014
Book Reviews

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 3:14 pm

Detail from the cover of The Empire of Necessity.
Courtesy of Metropolitan Books

Shortly after sunrise, on the morning of Feb. 20, 1805, sailors on an American ship called the Perseverance, anchored near an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, spied a weird vessel drifting into view. It flew no flag and its threadbare sails were slack. The captain of the Perseverance, a man named Amasa Delano, decided to come to the aid of the ship, whose name, painted in faded white letters along its bow, was the Tryal.

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11:02am

Mon January 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Rat-A-Phooey! That Ghost Ship May Not Be Infested With Rodents

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:03 pm

The Lyubov Orlova sits derelict at dockside in Newfoundland in October 2012.
Dan Conlin Wikipedia Commons

As creepily fascinating as the story may be, the tale about a "rat-infested ghost ship" supposedly headed toward Britain may need to be filed in the too-good-to-be-true category.

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