5:27pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Economy

Housing Recovery Lifts Other Sectors, Too

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 6:00 pm

Chevy trucks line the lot of a dealer in Murrysville, Pa. Sales were up by double digits at Chrysler, General Motors and Ford last month.
Gene J. Puskar AP

The government's employment report for April comes out Friday. It's an important measure of the economy's health and the advance signals have been mixed. One report this week showed layoffs falling to a five-year low, but another suggests disappointing jobs creation.

At least one sector is providing some positive news for the job market: housing.

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5:10pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Ask Me Another

A.J. Jacobs: The Quest To Do Everything

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 11:31 am

Author A.J. Jacobs demonstrates the sheer volume of the enormous beard he grew as part of his quest to live his life according to the Bible, chronicled in his book The Year of Living Biblically.
Josh Rogosin NPR

5:04pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Women's Health Groups Angered By Morning-After Pill Moves

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Soon after President Obama spoke at Planned Parenthood's national conference in Washington, D.C., last Friday, the administration alienated some women's health groups.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

The administration's actions this week on emergency contraception have left many women's health groups sputtering with anger.

But what really has some of the President Obama's usual allies irritated is the fact that the moves are in direct contrast to speeches he made in just the past week.

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5:03pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Movie Reviews

'In The Air,' A Sense Of Stakes For A '70s Youth

Christine (Lola Creton) and Gilles (Clement Metayer) are the sometime couple at the center of Olivier Assayas' smart, clear-eyed examination of a still-painful period in France's recent past.
Carol Bethuel MK/Sundance Selects

In the opening minutes of Something in the Air, the protagonist carves an "A" (for anarchy) into his school desk, and participates in a street demonstration that ends in a punishing flurry of police billy clubs. "The revolution's near," apparently — to quote the 1969 Thunderclap Newman hit that provides the film's title.

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5:03pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Movies

'Love Is All You Need,' Unless Character Matters

Spoiler alert: These two initially incompatible people (played by Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm) will eventually fall for each other in Love Is All You Need, a romantic comedy that isn't either, and whose titular premise we regret to report is not always true.
Sony Pictures Classics

When a husband steps out on his wife while she's getting chemo, she's entitled to a weekend in the Mediterranean with Pierce Brosnan, right?

Right, but I believe he went there quite recently with Meryl Streep, did he not, albeit without the cancer? I didn't much care for Mamma Mia!, but the garish musical at least embraced its vulgarity with a full heart and a toe-tapping ABBA soundtrack. And now that I've seen Love Is All You Need, I'd settle for Streep doing the splits.

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4:56pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

California Wildfire Burns 6,500 Acres, Shuts Down Highway

A fire fighting helicopter comes in to make a water drop behind some home threatened by a wildfire on Thursday in Newbury Park, California.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

A wildfire, dubbed the Springs Fire, in Ventura County has burned more than 6,500 acres and shut down a 9-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway.

NPR member station KPCC is live-blogging. They report that at around 1 p.m. ET., authorities ordered the evacuation of an area that includes "California State University, Channel Islands, where students were notified by text, email and by the campus-wide speaker system to evacuate."

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4:55pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Movies

In 'Iron Man 3,' A Metalhead Gets The Blues

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 6:07 pm

Window Dressing: Tony Stark's ongoing Iron Man research involves more than one suit of self-assembling armor.
Marvel

Y'know, I think this bummed-out superhero thing is catching. Depressed Bat-guy, brooding Spider-dude, even the Man of Steel seems existentially troubled in previews of his most recent incarnation.

And smart-alecky Iron Man? He'd appeared inoculated by Tony Stark's reflexive snark from succumbing to a similar ailment — but even he's having anxiety attacks these days. Ever since that Avengers dust-up with those unpleasant aliens last summer, he's evidently been having trouble sleeping.

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4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Obama Nominates Campaign Fundraiser For Commerce Secretary

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Influential Chicagoan Penny Pritkzer has been tapped by President Obama to lead the Commerce Department.

4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

On Recess, Senators Get An Earful Over Failed Gun Vote

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

Senators whose votes on the gun bill got attention back home have been getting an earful during the recess week, when many are back in their states.

4:48pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Politics

Two Nominations Round Out Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:27 pm

President Obama rounded out his cabinet on Thursday by naming Chicago benefactor Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary and White House aide Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative.

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