1:53pm

Mon April 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Pulls Jimmy Carter Into His Bin Laden Fight With Obama

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 2:19 pm

Mitt Romney fished for votes among fishermen in Portsmouth, NH, April 30, 2012.
Jim Cole AP

Former President Jimmy Carter was no doubt minding his own business, which these days usually means being some place in the world doing good works, when his name came up in the 2012 presidential campaign, and not in a good way.

Talking to reporters Monday in New Hampshire, the unofficial GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, uttered Carter's name in defending himself against Democratic attempts to raise doubts about whether Romney, like President Obama, would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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1:49pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Crash That Killed Seven Was Along 'Cursed' Stretch Of Bronx River Parkway

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 1:50 pm

This van plunged off the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday. All seven people inside were killed.
Louis Lanzano AP

A horrible car accident Sunday in the Bronx, which killed seven people from one family, happened on a "cursed" section of the Bronx River Parkway where six people died in a terrible 2006 accident, New York's Daily News reports.

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1:46pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chávez Seeks Permission To Return To Cuba For Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking during a TV program in Havana on March 4.
AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez may be once again headed to Cuba for cancer treatment.

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1:17pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Upstate Economy

State targets youth unemployment with training, tax credits

Paul Nojaim explained how his family-run grocery store in Syracuse will participate in the state's Youth Works program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Cuomo administration is promoting a new program aimed at reducing unemployment among teens and young adults in low-income parts of the state.

The Labor Department's New York Youth Works program was first announced in February. Officials were in Syracuse late last week to highlight the benefits of the program.

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1:11pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Business

Energy Transfer Partners To Buy Sunoco For $5.3B

Sunoco operates about 4,900 gasoline stations around the United States.
Alex Brandon AP

Natural gas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners is buying Sunoco in a deal valued at about $5.3 billion.

The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling. Sunoco's pipelines crisscross the country, connecting the Great Lakes and Northeast to America's refining center along the Gulf Coast.

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1:09pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Identity Crisis: Your Name Is Famous But You Aren't

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:26 pm

Pop singer Katy Perry became known for her song "I Kissed a Girl," and that became a problem for Katie Perry, a marketing manager at a New York advertising agency.
Aijaz Rahi AP

Chris Brown is a "30-year-old white guy from Alabama who can't sing or dance to save his life," but he has gotten sick of all the Rihanna jokes.

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1:05pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

EPA Official Resigns For Saying EPA Should 'Crucify' Oil Companies

Al Armendariz.
EPA

One of the Environmental Protection Agency's top officials resigned yesterday.

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12:42pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

In 'Manchester Derby' Man City Comes Out On Top

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:16 pm

Manchester United's Nani (in red) and Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov during a game last August in London.
Ian Kington AFP/Getty Images

Update at 6:08 p.m. ET. Man City Wins 1-0:

A header from Vincent Kompany was all it took for Manchester City to come out today against Manchester United.

As the AP reports, this match has been billed as the "biggest Manchester derby ever," and Kompany scored the winning goal during first-half stoppage time.

Our Original Post Continues:

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12:28pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Author Interviews

Sissy Spacek's 'Extraordinary Ordinary Life'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 12:45 pm

Sissy Spacek received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter.
Courtesy of the author

When Sissy Spacek started her film career, she was told to lose her heavy Texas accent. But her famous drawl became one of her greatest assets when Terrence Malick cast her in his 1973 crime drama Badlands.

Spacek played Holly, a teenage girl from South Dakota who became an accomplice on a cross-country murder spree. The film, which also starred Martin Sheen, was narrated in Spacek's distinctive Southern voice.

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12:26pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Music Reviews

A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:18 pm

I have to hand it to the Putumayo label. Since it started as a soundtrack-provider to a clothing store in the early '90s, the operation has placed racks of CDs with friendly-primitivist art by Nicola Heindl into Starbucks and Whole Foods everywhere. Putumayo is as responsible as anything for making music buyers ask "Where's the world music section?" in shops or online.

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