Depression can be treated effectively over the phone, and a test of the approach showed that patients are more likely to maintain treatment telephonically.
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offered 18 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, a kind of talk therapy, to more than 300 patients with major depression. Half received treatment in person and half over the phone.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.
One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.
Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. That was the limit under which Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat, operated in the recall election being decided Tuesday at the polls.
Baily the donkey (right) and Munna, characters from the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, perform at the launch ceremony for the show, Sim Sim Hamara, at Rafi Peer Theater Workshop in Lahore, Nov. 26, 2011.
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A Pakistani artist in Lahore touches up puppets from Pakistan's Sesame Street. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan says it has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a local version of Sesame Street amid reports of corruption.
The U.S. is withdrawing millions of dollars in funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. Officials say the decision stems from serious allegations of fraud directed at the Pakistani theater company that's producing the children's TV program.
Sim Sim Hamara, the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, is set in a mock-up of a typical Pakistani town. There's a school, the ubiquitous Banyan tree, a restaurant and a colorful cast of characters centered on a 6-year-old girl named Rani who loves the sport of cricket.
U.S. officials say a drone strike killed al-Qaida's number two operative. Abu Yahya al-Libi had risen to the top ranks within the terrorist group after the death of Osama bin Laden. He gained notoriety in 2005 after escaping from the prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. A U.S. official says Abu Yahya's death is a major blow to the group. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Gjelten for more.
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AUDIE CORNISH HOST: And I'm Audie Cornish. Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act today, a bill aimed at closing pay disparities between men and women. The defeat of the bill is not a surprise. Democrats knew the likely outcome before ever bringing the bill up. But as NPR's Tamara Keith reports, this is an election year when many votes are as much about getting the opposition on the record as passing legislation.
Now, one of the races where the Paycheck Fairness Act has been an issue. Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown has opposed it and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren used it as another opportunity to take Brown to task today. Warren may be emboldened by new polls that show the race a dead heat.
Many expected her to be further behind after weeks of drubbing for classifying herself as Native American while she was working as a law professor at Harvard and elsewhere. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.
A slowing global economy has sent oil prices down sharply. The price for benchmark West Texas Intermediate has fallen from over $100 a barrel to about $84 a barrel in the space of a month. Audie Cornish talks to John Ydstie for more.
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And I'm Robert Siegel. Just under an hour from now, polls close across Wisconsin, where voters are deciding the fate of first-term Republican Governor Scott Walker. If Walker wins today's recall election, he stays in office. If he loses, Democratic nominee Tom Barrett becomes governor. Barrett is currently the mayor of Milwaukee. The vote caps off 16 months of bare-knuckle politics in Wisconsin.
Adam Davidson grew up in Greenwich Village when the rent was cheap and the neighborhood was full of funky small businesses. Today, the Village is super gentrified and full of luxury boutiques. But a few mom-and-pop shops have managed to hang on. In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Davidson returns to the neighborhood, and tries to figure out how the mom-and-pop stores hang on. Here's an excerpt.
A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.
The ad says that between 2003 and 2007, Massachusetts had one of the worst economic records in the country, lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs at "a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation."