10:57am

Thu November 10, 2011
Movie Interviews

Dunst: Expressing Something Blue In Melancholia

Justine's well-planned wedding takes place as a planet called Melancholia heads directly towards Earth.
Magnolia Pictures

Lars von Trier's Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst as a depressed woman on her wedding day, just before the end of the world. "Melancholia" refers not only to the mood of the film, but to the name of a planet that's now heading for a direct collision course with the planet Earth.

When it looks like Melancholia is going to destroy the planet, everyone around Dunst's character Justine panics. But Justine remains eerily calm, seeming almost revitalized by the knowledge that all life on Earth might end instantaneously.

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10:54am

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

In Parliament, James Murdoch Says He Didn't Know Extent Of Hacking

James Murduch, the son of Rupert Murdoch and his deputy CEO at News Corp., was defiant in his second appearance before British Parliament. Murdoch, whose company has been under fire after it was accused of hacking into the phones of royalty and victims of crime, said he did not know the extent of the illegal activity undertaken at his publications.

The New York Times reports:

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10:20am

Thu November 10, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Wal-Mart's Clarification On Health Care Leaves Room For Big Moves

After NPR and Kaiser Health News reported yesterday on Wal-Mart's plans to become a big provider of primary care in the U.S., the retailer said its document that served as an invitation to partners for the effort was "overwritten and incorrect."

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10:11am

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Alabama County Bankruptcy Filing Is Biggest In U.S. History

Alabama's Jefferson County has filed for what is the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county commission voted 4-1 in favor of seeking bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a debt-restructuring deal fell apart.

As The Birmingham News reports the history of the more than $4 billion in debt spans a decade and mostly involves a failed sewer construction deal fraught with corruption. Jefferson County is home to Birmingham, Alabama's largest city.

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9:56am

Thu November 10, 2011
It's All Politics

Perry Says He 'Stepped In It' At Debate, And Many Agree

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 4:27 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbled during Wednesday night's Republican presidential candidate in Auburn Hills, Mich., at one point seeking help from Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX).
Paul Sancya AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was doing his best Thursday to limit the damage after he drew a blank at Wednesday's GOP candidate debate on his own plan to reduce the size of government.

Discussing the proposal, Perry said he would eliminate three federal agencies, but then could not name them all, despite being pressed by the moderator.

"Commerce, Education and the — what's the third one there? Let's see," the Texas governor said. Rival candidate Ron Paul suggested it might be the Environmental Protection Agency. "EPA, there you go," Perry responded — incorrectly.

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9:36am

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Documents Reveal More Potential Evidence-Sharing Failures By Justice Dept.

Justice Department lawyers prosecuting a former CIA agent for leaking classified information allegedly lagged in turning over evidence that would help the intelligence operative with his defense, causing the judge to bar a pair of government witnesses from testifying.

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9:12am

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Unemployment Claims Drop; Trade Deficit Narrows

We have two pieces of good news on the economic front:

-- Bloomberg reports: "The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in September to the lowest level this year as exports surged to a record high."

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8:51am

Thu November 10, 2011
Europe

Greece's New Interim Prime Minister Faces Huge Task

Lucas Papademos was named prime minister of the new Greek interim government Thursday. His main task will be to implement the multibillion-dollar bailout that Eurozone leaders agreed to last month. But can he convince Greeks to swallow the austerity measures they hate? Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Joanna Kakissis, who is in Athens.

8:35am

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Greece Names Lucas Papademos Its New Prime Minister

Originally published on Thu November 10, 2011 4:30 pm

Greece's new prime minister-in-waiting Lucas Papademos (R) makes a statement to the national television (EPT) outside the Presidential Palace in Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Lucas Papademos, a former vice president at the European Central Bank, was named Greece's new prime minister. George Papandreou, the former prime minister, was pressured to resign earlier this week amid an all-out European Union crisis.

In a statement, the country's president said Papademos' chief role will be to ensure swift passage of the terms of the European Union bailout.

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7:54am

Thu November 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Christmas Tree Fee Causes Uproar

The Obama administration put off a plan to collect a fee on Christmas trees. An industry group asked for the fee, 15 cents per tree. Conservatives denounced what they labeled a tax on Christmas trees. The White House defended the fee, saying it's not a tax at all. All the same, the administration says it will delay collecting the money.

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