11:23am

Fri May 4, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Gershwin Biopic That Ain't Necessarily So True

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 3:58 pm

George Gershwin's most famous works include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and the opera Porgy and Bess.
Warner Archives

The movie Rhapsody in Blue, a biography of George Gershwin, was released only eight years after his death from a brain tumor at the age of 38. It's a good subject: Gershwin wrote some of the best popular songs ever produced in this country, but he also had ambitions to be a serious classical composer and wrote symphonic music, concertos and an opera — all of which are still performed.

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11:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Fracking: New Rules Aim To Bring 'Best Practices' To Public Lands

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 12:45 pm

Saying that the rules would "make sure that fracturing operations conducted on public and Indian lands follow common-sense industry best practices," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this morning issued proposed regulations that would:

-- Require "public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands."

-- Ensure that "wells used in fracturing operations [on public lands] meet appropriate construction standards."

-- Require operators to "put in place appropriate plans for managing flowback waters from fracturing operations."

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10:58am

Fri May 4, 2012
Author Interviews

The U.S. Ambassador Inside Hitler's Berlin

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 11:23 am

Adolf Hitler (right) with his foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in 1941.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

This interview was originally broadcast on May 9, 2011. In The Garden Of Beasts is now available in paperback.

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10:36am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Junior Seau's Family OKs Having His Brain Studied, 'L.A. Times' Reports

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:49 pm

Junior Seau in 2008, when he played for the New England Patriots.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

As soon as it was learned on Wednesday that former NFL star Junior Seau had killed himself, there was speculation about whether he may have suffered brain injuries during his career that in turn led to depression or dementia.

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10:04am

Fri May 4, 2012
Sports

Why betting on horses is legal, when gambling elsewhere is not

Larry Scott watches the races from the many screens at the off-track betting parlor in Phoenix, N.Y. He says he doesn't have any desire to bet on the horses online and prefers the OTB.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The rules on legal gambling in New York State can be a little murky.

Casinos on Indian Territory are allowed, but not elsewhere - for now. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the legalization of casinos in the rest of the state.

New York also already has what are known as “racinos”: horse racing tracks where there are also video slot machines, along with plenty of betting on the actual horses.

Betting on those same horses online is also allowed. But betting on poker and other card games on the internet is not.

Why?

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10:01am

Fri May 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

School Bake Sales Draw Fire In Obesity Battle

Moms and their kids protest a proposed ban on homemade food at bake sales in New York City schools at a rally near City Hall in 2010. One sign read, "I wanna get obese on my terms. No junk food."
edenpictures Flickr

An American tradition is in jeopardy.

The bake sale, a staple of school fundraising for generations, is getting squeezed. The epidemic of childhood obesity is leading some districts to restrict the kinds of foods sold or to ban the sales altogether, Bloomberg Businessweek's Stephanie Armour explained on Friday's Morning Edition.

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9:57am

Fri May 4, 2012

9:49am

Fri May 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Gov. Cuomo: Minimum wage hike is dubious

The Catholic Church is weighing in on raising the state’s minimum wage, but Governor Andrew Cuomo says the chances of an increase becoming law are "dubious."

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9:48am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

AP Apologizes For WWII-Era Firing Of Reporter

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:55 am

May 7, 1945: In Frankfurt, Germany, Allied commanders including British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Marshal Gregori Zhukov and others celebrate the German surrender.
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Sixty seven years later, The Associated Press is apologizing for the way it condemned and then fired one of its correspondents for reporting "perhaps the biggest scoop in its history."

Edward Kennedy was among a small group of reporters taken by Allied military officials to witness the May 7, 1945, surrender by German forces at a schoolhouse in Reims, France.

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8:35am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Just 115,000 Jobs Added Last Month, But Jobless Rate Dipped To 8.1 Percent

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 9:58 am

A sign earlier this month in New York City's Queens borough.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The nation's jobless rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, but just 115,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The job growth was well below expectations and has raised new questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.

We'll add more to this post as we read through the report and gather reactions and analysis. So be sure to hit your "refresh" button to get our latest updates.

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