Today's Takeaway: Battles Over Sriracha, Syria & Saving the Media

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bottles of sriracha hot chili sauce from maker, Huy Fong Foods. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty)

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media | Turkey in Mourning After Coal Mine Disaster | Syrian Medical Infrastructure Increasingly Under Assault | How to Survive Without Sriracha | The Ice Cream Truck Song Gets a Makeover | The Dangers of Leaving Elderly Patients Out of Medical Trials | 'A Short History of Decay': Alzheimer's Through a Family's Eyes

Sen. Al Franken: Save the Future of Media

Before he was elected to Congress, Senator Al Franken was best known for being on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Once in the Senate, Franken became a leading critic of NBC's merger with Comcast. He's now examining the potential Comcast-Time Warner deal.

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Turkey Mourns After Coal Mine Disaster

Today, Turkey is a nation in mourning after a coal mine suffered one of the worst mining disasters in the nation's history. More than 200 people have died in the explosion and fire that was followed by the mine collapse.

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Syrian Medical Infrastructure Under Assault

A new map out today by Physicians for Human Rights documents the deliberate targeting of the Syrian medical infrastructure, which has led to the deaths of more than 450 medical personnel since the conflict began in March of 2011. 

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How to Survive Without Sriracha

The spicy condiment maker may be forced to shut its lone factory after nearby residents complained about the ill effects of chile odors. The decision could mean the difference between a mediocre stir fry for dinner and a great one - here's what you use instead of the chili sauce.

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A New Song for the Ice Cream Truck

After one researcher peeled back the racist undertones of a popular jingle played on many ice cream trucks, we looked for alternate song—and stumbled on an entire album of them.

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Elderly Patients Left Out of Medical Trials

For the doctors of elderly patients, medical care can become a guessing-game when it comes to prescription medication. And that's primarily because older patients are often excluded from medical trials.

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Alzheimer's Through One Family's Eyes

According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. A new film called "A Short History of Decay" explores what the disease can teach us about end of life challenges.

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