Digital Life
9:01 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Zynga CEO Wants To Bring Play Time To The Masses

Mark Pincus is the CEO of Zynga, the largest maker of games on Facebook. Right now 1 billion people play games online. Pincus wants to see that number double in five years, and wants his company to grab a larger market share.
AP

Ever harvested crops on FarmVille or laid down a triple-point Q on the Scrabble knockoff Words With Friends? Then you've spent time with Zynga, the largest maker of Facebook games.

Armed with cash and a massive database of user habits, Zynga's CEO Mark Pincus wants to expand the universe of digital game players from sci-fi geeks to soccer moms and their kids.

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Super PAC Money
5:33 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Northwest Gets In On Super PAC Action

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In the first election that so-called “super PACs” can collect unlimited money for presidential races, some big spenders from the Northwest are getting in on the action. 

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Oregon Budget
5:02 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Legislative Budget-Writers Target Middle Managers, Prison

Oregon Capital at night.
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon legislative budget writers are targeting middle managers in an effort to bring the state's spending plan back into balance. They also announced Wednesday a proposal to close a 440-bed minimum security prison.

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Help For Elk
4:39 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Wildlife Areas Close to Protect Wintering Elk

Cow elk
Wikimedia user: kit

Ellensburg, Wash. – Two wildlife areas near Ellensburg, Washington, will be seeing fewer ATVs and jeeps starting today/ (February 1). As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, the areas close to motor vehicles to protect wintering elk.

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Europe
4:26 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

The Mood Shifts For Russia's Putin In His Hometown

With the Russian presidential election set for next month, the heavily favored candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, visited the election center last week as it prepared for the polls.
Yana Lapikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 4:53 am

Even in the dead of winter, the Russian city of St. Petersburg, with its church spires, palaces and waterways, is one of the world's truly beautiful cities. It was here that the Russian revolution began, and it's here where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev cut their teeth politically.

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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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