Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:28 am
When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.
So, it's kind of a BIG deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.
In a first, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made those figures from more than 3,000 hospitals public Wednesday.
Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:52 pm
America's unlikeliest link to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached out to his friend in a bid to have an American citizen released from one of the communist nation's notorious labor camps.
"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose," former basketball star Dennis Rodman tweets.
Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:55 pm
Remember that brazen, right-out-of-the-movies diamond heist at Brussels' international airport on Feb. 18?
Now there's word from The Associated Press that "police on Wednesday claimed a major breakthrough in their investigation ... detaining 31 people in a three-nation sweep."
Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:22 am
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.
Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 11:20 am
There's huge news in the sports world this morning:
Alex Ferguson, who has managed Manchester United football club for 26 years, is retiring at the end of the English Premier League season, which wraps up on May 19.
From London, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast Desk that: