Obesity Rates Plummet; Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Google Intelligence; LI Shooting

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on May 13, 2010. (Alex Wong/Getty)

A new report shows that childhood obesity rates are plummeting -- Marion Nestle explains what's behind the trend. Then: Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers his assessment of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad explains the story behind the phrase “we can neither confirm nor deny"; why Google hiring managers look for unconventional kinds of intelligence in prospective employees; and the mysterious shooting of a Long Island developer. 

Childhood Obesity Rates Fall

CDC data show a 43% drop in obesity rates among American children age 2 to 5. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle says this is a very hopeful sign, but that follow-through is required to keep rates low as children move through life. One way to address that: new nutrition labels being announced by the FDA tomorrow. Nestle is hoping that "added sugars" will be included in labels from now on.

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McChrystal: "I Would Not Oppose Re-Instituting the Draft"

Saying that the US armed forces should reflect the US population, General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, offered support for the idea of re-instating the draft on the Brian Lehrer Show. He also discussed the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, even agreeing that the invasion of Iraq may have been one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in U.S. history.

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Radiolab on "Neither Confirm Nor Deny"

Reporter Julia Barton and Jad Abumrad, co-host of Radiolab, explain the story behind the phrase "we can neither confirm nor deny" -- also known as "The Glomar Response" -- and how it has come to frustrate so many journalists and others seeking official information.

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The Kind of Intelligence Google Hires For

This week's "most read" New York Times article is a Thomas Friedman column that expands on a previous NYT interview with Google's hiring manager Laszlo Bock. "Corner Office" columnist for The New York Times, Adam Bryant, discusses his original interview with Bock, and why Google looks for unconventional types of intelligence.

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Who Shot Gary Melius?

Newsday reporter, Paul LaRocco, discusses the mystery of why Gary Melius, a politically-powerful developer and the owner of Oheka Castle, a high-end Long Island hotel and wedding venue, was shot in broad daylight.

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