High turnout for a mid-term, experts say Despite reports of a few problems at some polling places today, it appeared Election Day is running smoothly, with estimates indicating high turnout for a mid-term election.5:19 p.m.
The painkilling lollipop
A story in last Friday's Wall Street Journal caught our attention because it was about a prescription pain-killing lollipop. And according to one user who suffered from migranes during pregnancy, it gave her a rush of euphoria that washed her headache away. The problem is, her child was born addicted to the pain-killer. The potent narcotic lillipop is called "actiq" and it's been a big seller for drug maker Cephalon.
It was originally meant to treat cancer pain, but it's been prescribed for thousands of Americans for a wider variety of ailments.
Tom Crann talks with medical commentator Dr. Jon Hallberg.
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National Public Radio Stories
Ohio Sees Mix of Smooth Votes, Machine Problems
Midterm-election voting in Ohio has been mostly smooth today, but there have been reports of problems with electronic-voting machines at some polling locations. Michele Norris talks with Dave Pignanelli of member station WKSU about voting in Cuyahoga County, Ohio -- which includes Cleveland.
Heavy Rain Puts Crimp in Washington State Voting
Heavy rain and severe flooding in Washington state have caused mud and rock slides, and blocked a number of highways. Voters in several counties are expected to have trouble reaching polling places.
75 Indiana Precincts Have Electronic-Voting Issues
Voting at 75 Indiana precincts was delayed Tuesday, leading to an extension of voting hours. The cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly. Michele Norris talks with Karen Wenger the county clerk in Delaware County, Ind.
Poll: African-Americans Concerned with Voting
Recent polling at the Pew Center paints a mixed picture of American voters' confidence in the way their votes are counted, with Democrats and African Americans expressing heightened concern. Melissa Block talks with Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Israeli Troops Leave Gaza Town in Ruins
Israeli forces pulled out of the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, after a weeklong offensive aimed at curbing Palestinian rocket fire into southern Israel. About 50 Palestinians -- civilians as well as gunmen -- were killed in the operation, and much of the town was left in ruins.
In Vietnam, Stress over 'Stress'
Commentator Andrew Lam says that when he talks to friends and relatives in Vietnam, there's a new word that keeps coming up: stress. Vietnamese people are getting stressed out, he says, but there is no word in their language for "stress" so they just use the English word. It's a point of pride in the new Vietnam, he says, to have stress.
Short of 'All,' String Theorists Accused of Nothing
A provocative branch of physics called string theory might explain everything in the universe, such as how matter came into being and why space and time exist. But others say string theorists have zero proof to back their ideas.
Barbaro's Cast Removed; Recovery Continues
Doctors have removed the cast supporting the repaired right leg of Barbaro, the racehorse whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a life-threatening injury at the Preakness Stakes. Melissa Block talks with Dr. Dean Richardson, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center.
Tillie Olsen's Tender Portrait of a Marriage
The title novella in Tillie Olsen's Tell Me a Riddle, says Scott Turow, "achieves the shocking brevity and power of the best poems." Turow, the author of Presumed Innocent and other novels, talks about why Olsen's story about an aged couple has become one of his favorite texts.