Microsoft Layoffs
3:42 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Microsoft Announces Layoffs

Wikimedia user: Dcoetzee

SEATTLE - About 200 employees of Redmond-based Microsoft will be getting pink slips today. That’s according to a source close to the company. The layoffs will affect the 6,000 or so people involved in marketing at the software giant.

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Book Reviews
1:47 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way

Barnesandnoble.com

When her first child was born, Pamela Druckerman expected to spend the next several years frantically meeting her daughter's demands. In the U.S., after all, mealtimes, living rooms and sleep schedules typically turn to chaos as soon as a baby arrives. That's the reason one friend of mine used to refer to his child as a "destroying angel."

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Albatross That Hitchhiked To L.A. Is Freed To Fly Home To Hawaii

The Laysan Albatross at International Bird Rescue's Los Angeles Wildlife Center.
International Bird Rescue

After a wild ride from Hawaii to the streets of Los Angeles, a Laysan albatross was freed today. The bird, with a white body, black wings and a curved yellow beak, was spotted in Los Angeles on the back of a pickup truck.

An albatross is not something you see every day. They are some of largest flying birds on Earth and this one in particular had an almost 7-foot wingspan.

So, how did this bird end up thousands of miles from home?

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Freddie Mac's Conflict Is 'Unsavory,' 'Shocking,' 'Stunning,' Key Senators Say

Two senators who have taken the lead on legislation aimed to help homeowners refinance at historically low interest rates were blunt this morning about how concerned they are by the news NPR reported earlier this week that Freddie Mac "has placed multibillion-dollar bets against American homeowners being able to refinance to cheaper mortgages."

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The Salt
10:20 am
Wed February 1, 2012

What Heals The World? Soup, Made By Moms

Haechangkuk, a Korean homestyle soup made with beef broth and bean sprouts, is a favorite hangover cure.
John Rose NPR

Last month I fell ill with a wretched cough. The doctor said I would get better with time, but I craved food that would sustain me on my slow plod back to health. My mom was 3,000 miles away, unable to feed me the chicken soup and Saltines of my youth.

But I found a good substitute: The kimchi soup at a restaurant just around the corner from NPR. Even though this soup has a fiery kick unheard of in the Midwestern fare of my childhood, it was simple, bracing and comforting: just the thing to heal the sick.

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It's All Politics
9:54 am
Wed February 1, 2012

In Vegas, Political Race Is Just Another Sport To The Oddsmakers

Mitt Romney arrives in Nevada on Wednesday with more than the favor of Florida voters — the oddsmakers in Vegas like his chances, too. The online sports book Bovada has him as the favorite to win the GOP nomination at 1-15.

That means if you bet $15 on a Romney nomination, you'd only get $1 back if it happened. Before the Florida primary, Romney was at 1-9. Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, slipped from 6-1 odds Monday; he now stands at 9-1.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Indiana Governor Poised To Sign 'Right To Work' Bill

Union members protesting the right-to-work legislation wait to enter the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Michael Conroy AP

Update at 3:09 p.m. ET. With a signature, Gov. Mitch Daniels has turned Indianapolis into a right to work state. The governor signed into a law a controversial bill that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union dues, according to the AP.

Our Original Post Continues:

The controversial "right to work" bill was approved by the state Senate today with a 28 to 22 vote. Once Daniels signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do later today, Indiana will be the first state in a decade to pass a right to work law.

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Around the Nation
9:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Occupying The Nation's Attention, If Not Its Cities

A protester at the Occupy D.C. encampment in Freedom Plaza packed up his belongings Monday ahead of a National Park Service deadline to clear out.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Most of the tents are gone, the parks are empty and nearly 99 percent of Occupy Wall Street's 99 percenters have gone home.

But even as the occupation enters a denouement, the nationwide movement sparked in September can claim a huge victory in the battle of ideas. Occupy has spoken, and Americans have listened.

Subjects that were largely taboo on Wall Street, Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue just six months ago have moved to center stage. Higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Capping the cost of higher education. Corporate greed.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl At Home, Neil Young Says

Neil Young last month in Park City, Utah.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Steve Jobs, the "pioneer of digital music" who brought us the iPod, listened to vinyl records when he was at home because the quality of the sound is better than current digital formats can produce, rock 'n' roll legend Neil Young said Tuesday.

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Election 2012
9:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Why Millions of Americans Have No Government ID

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 8:42 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we'd like to focus on another political battle that could influence the general elections in November. Voter ID laws. Thirty-one states have either introduced or tightened voter requirements in recent months. Fifteen of those states have made it mandatory to show government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. So what's the big deal, you say?

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