7:55am

Fri January 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Coming Up: December Jobs And Unemployment Report

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 7:57 am

The most-anticipated story of the morning seems to be the December jobs and unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is due for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.

We'll post on the news as soon as possible after it's available.

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7:40am

Fri January 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Penn State Ready To Name New Football Coach, ESPN Says

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 7:42 am

Bill O'Brien, offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
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Penn State University has chosen New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to be its next head football coach and the man who will try to rebuild a program that was rocked last fall by a scandal that cost legendary coach Joe Paterno the job, ESPN reports. The sports network says an announcement is expected to be made Saturday.

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7:10am

Fri January 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Bomb Wreaks Death, Destruction In Damascus

Syria's official news agency distributed this photo of a bus said to have been damaged by today's explosion in Damascus.
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There's been an explosion in central Damascus today and there are reports of multiple deaths and dozens of injuries.

As always in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar Assad tries to control the news, it's difficult to get an accurate sense of just what is going on. The regime is blaming its opponents, who have been protesting against Assad since last spring. Activists are questioning whether the attack was staged by supporters of the regime to make the opposition look bad.

Here's some of what's being reported:

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6:58am

Fri January 6, 2012
Strange News

Sweden Recognizes File-Sharing Group As Religion

The Church of Kopimisms received approval last month form the Swedish government. The church opposes copyrights in all forms and encourages piracy of all types.

6:50am

Fri January 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Stolen Car Lands Perfectly On Calif. House Roof

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 10:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:50am

Fri January 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Monkey Experiments Boost Hope For Human AIDS Vaccine

A rendering of a key protein the simian immunodeficiency virus uses to reproduce.
Wikimedia Commons

Researchers trudging down the long and twisted path toward an AIDS vaccine are encouraged by new studies that show an experimental vaccine protects monkeys against infection with a virus that is very similar to HIV.

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6:45am

Fri January 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Winter Wonderland? Not In New England

Unseasonable temperatures and lack of snow have a lot of New Englanders singing the blues. In Maine, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and Nordic skiing are a big part of the winter economy. Downhill ski areas are making due with man-made snow, but those other industries have no choice but to wait for Mother Nature.

6:40am

Fri January 6, 2012
Around the Nation

After 48 Years, Pa. Detective Retires

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 10:37 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We're staying in Norristown, Pennsylvania for a workplace story about Oscar Vance. In two weeks he's retiring from the area district attorney's office where he's worked for nearly half a century. He is leaving as chief detective for Montgomery County, overseeing all investigations that come through the D.A.'s office.

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6:37am

Fri January 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Ceremonies Commemorate Tuscon Shooting

In Tucson, Ariz., this weekend, ceremonies will mark the shooting one year ago that killed six people and wounded 13 others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords will be in town for the events.

6:14am

Fri January 6, 2012
Education

Syracuse City School District to submit teacher evaluation plan to Albany Friday

With $11.5 million dollars at stake, the Syracuse City School District did some last minute negotiating with its teachers and principal's unions, in the hopes of getting some state funding reinstated.  

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