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Iowa House members mirror GOP's national divide

Saturday, 05 October 2013 08:55 Published in National News

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tom Latham and Steve King are Iowa Republicans who represent adjoining U.S. House districts.

Yet in philosophy and style, they couldn't be further apart.

King is an uncompromising, feisty conservative who's comfortably won six consecutive terms. His opposition to the health care law is so strong that he welcomed the government shutdown.

The understated Latham regularly has faced competitive challenges from Democrats. He argues for changing the health law to make it palatable, reopening closed government services and getting on with the fight over the nation's debt.

The crusader and the pragmatist symbolize the GOP's national quarrel about the best way forward for the party after losing consecutive presidential elections: hold fast to principles at all cost or demonstrate effectiveness by working with the opposition.

LA students get iPads, start playing video games

Saturday, 05 October 2013 08:50 Published in National News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.

Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, as administrators envisioned, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games.

Such problems have both critics and supporters questioning whether LAUSD officials were being hasty or overreaching in their attempt to distribute iPads throughout the district's more than 1,000 campuses by next year.

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.

Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible. But some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.

Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and 20-somethings with disorders such as anorexia.

Doctor Vonda Wright is a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert. She says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics. And even many thin people can't achieve a gap.

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