3:03am

Sat April 6, 2013
Movie Interviews

In '42,' A Young Star Suits Up For A Hero's Role

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

Chadwick Boseman plays baseball's trailblazing Jackie Robinson in the upcoming biopic 42.
D. Stevens Warner Bros. Pictures

The number 42 has been retired from every team in Major League Baseball, and in recent years, teams have been eager for fans to remember why: It was the number Jackie Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he broke the sport's color barrier — and began to break a new path in American history.

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6:55pm

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Former Employee, Who Leaked Rutgers Abuse Video, Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:48 pm

Eric Murdock as a Los Angeles Clipper in 1999.
Tom Hauck Getty Images

Eric Murdock, the Rutgers University employee who leaked video of coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players, filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the university on Friday.

In the complaint, filed a New Jersey state court, Murdock alleges he told the school's athletic director Tim Pernetti about Rice's abusive behavior "on several occasions."

Instead of taking action against Rice, the complaint says, Murdock was fired.

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6:37pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Rick Nielsen Of Cheap Trick Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 11:56 am

Courtesy of Michael Graham

Every Midwestern city has garages full of four local teenagers playing rock 'n' roll and dreaming of the big time ... but Rockford, Ill., boasts the few that made it. Rick Nielsen formed Cheap Trick with three of his friends back in 1973 in Rockford and since then they've traveled the world and put out more than 16 albums.

Since Nielsen was in a band called Cheap Trick, we've invited him play a game called "BAAAAAAAA." Three questions about sheep tricks.

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6:04pm

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

CPI Corp., Which Ran Photo Studios At Sears, Wal-Mart, Shutters All Locations

The company that runs more than 2,000 photo studios at stores like Sears and Wal-Mart has gone out business.

CPI Corp. announced it decision in a two paragraph statement posted on its website.

"We are attempting to fulfill as many customer orders as possible," CPI said. "If you've had a recent session, your portraits may be available at your Sears, PictureMe or Kiddie Kandids portrait studio."

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6:01pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Human Cases Of Bird Flu In China Draw Scrutiny

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:09 pm

A cockerel walks on a bridge in a residential area of Beijing. The Chinese are beginning to destroy thousands of birds in an effort to stamp out the presumed source of H7N9 infection.
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images

Sixteen cases of a new flu around Shanghai have touched off a major effort to determine what kind of threat this new bug might be.

The victims range in age from 4 to 87 years old. Six have died. It is a tragedy for them and their families, but is it a global crisis?

To understand why so few cases are generating so much concern, the first thing to know is that no flu virus like this one — called H7N9 — has ever been known to infect humans before.

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5:36pm

Fri April 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama Riles His Own Party With Social Security Offer

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:11 pm

President Obama prepares to depart San Francisco on Thursday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Few things indicate a president no longer needs to worry about re-election more than his willingness to ignite an intraparty firestorm.

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4:38pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Africa

In Post-Coup Central African Republic, Instability Remains

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:04 pm

Kadidja Mamath sells hot porridge made of rice, sugar and milk on the roadside in the capital city, Bangui. The 19-year-old says the people of CAR have suffered enough and are ready for the coups to stop.
Benno Muchler for NPR

Tumult defines the Central African Republic. The landlocked nation in the heart of Africa is rich in natural resources such as diamonds, gold and uranium, but it remains one of the world's poorest countries. It has suffered from decades of misrule and coups.

The latest uprising occurred last month, when a rebel alliance seized control of the country and ousted the president. What followed were days of violence and looting, leaving the country in shambles: gas stations without pumps, hospitals without equipment, the university without computers.

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4:38pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Author Interviews

In Somalia, Mother And Daughter Are 'Keeping Hope Alive'

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:04 pm

Grand Central Publishing

The collapse and rebirth of rebirth of Somalia have been a long battle, and women like Dr. Hawa Abdi have been on the front lines. Back in 1991, when the Somalian government collapsed, Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on her farm with her family south of Mogadishu. As the conflict raged on, Abdi's clinic grew into a 400-bed hospital — and ultimately, a refugee camp. At the height of the war, 90,000 displaced Somalis made their home around Abdi's hospital.

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4:05pm

Fri April 5, 2013
U.S.

FBI Building May Soon Be 'Put Out Of Its Misery'

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:04 pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, just blocks from the White House, has long been the government building everyone loves to hate.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The nation's capital has been undergoing something of a building boom. Dozens of construction cranes dot the Washington, D.C., skyline.

So it comes as no surprise that the federal government is hoping to take advantage of the real estate values and unload what's seen by many as an eyesore on Pennsylvania Avenue: the J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the FBI.

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4:04pm

Fri April 5, 2013
It's All Politics

The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:15 pm

In the U.S. Senate, it's down to the Final Four versus the Dynamic Duo.

Only four Democratic senators remain who do not support same-sex marriage. Across the aisle, there are now two Republicans who have announced their support.

The new alignments mean that a majority — 53 senators — now support a concept that 85 senators voted to ban in 1996 with the Defense of Marriage Act.

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