12:14pm

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

New Data Show Ford Doing Well In Overseas Markets

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:27 pm

A Ford Focus ST was on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Which Japanese-manufactured car is the world's most popular vehicle? Maybe none of them. It might just be the Ford Focus.

More than a million Focus models were sold worldwide last year, with Toyota's Corolla coming in second. Next was Ford's top-selling F-Series pickup, sold almost exclusively in the U.S. and Canada, according to the marketing firm R.L. Polk.

Still, there's one caveat. As The Wall Street Journal points out:

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12:02pm

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Osteen Hoaxster Explains: Goal Wasn't To Defame Pastor

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:27 pm

An image taken from a YouTube video depicts a mock news story on the Christian Broadcasting News site, claiming that Pastor Joel Osteen had renounced his faith.
YouTube

The person behind the elaborate online hoax in which a fake website and Twitter feed falsely proclaimed Pastor Joel Osteen's intent to renounce Christianity and shut down his influential Houston ministry says that his goal wasn't to attack Osteen personally.

"I would like to state unequivocally my intent was not to defame Mr. Osteen," the person behind the hoax wrote in an email, adding that "he seems like an infectiously nice and genial character."

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11:26am

Tue April 9, 2013
Monkey See

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Carrie'

Sony Pictures

Carrie was Stephen King's first published novel. First released in 1974, it was followed in 1976 by Brian De Palma's film adaptation, for which both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were nominated for Oscars.

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10:56am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:05 pm

Pakistani vendors in Lahore fix posters of candidates taking part in the upcoming May parliamentary elections. Pakistani officials have provoked both laughter and criticism in recent days as they vetted potential candidates in the country's upcoming national elections with questions that veered between the controversial and the bizarre.
K.M. Chaudary AP

The culling of candidates in the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 election is providing the country some badly needed levity.

The "Pakistani Inquisition," as it's been dubbed, has election commission officials grilling office-seekers on their Islamic bona fides.

Many have stumbled badly, only to be disqualified.

But not Mussarat Shaheen, who performed impeccably. The former dancer — fabled for her Pushto films — was asked by an official in the city of Dera Ismail Khan to recite a verse of the Holy Quran, to test her mettle as a candidate for the National Assembly.

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10:49am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Charges Fly In Ky. Senate Race After McConnell Tape Surfaces

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:24 pm

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

An audio recording has surfaced of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides seeming to discuss whether they would use actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she challenged McConnell in 2014.

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10:47am

Tue April 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Till death do us part, so let's figure out this insurance mess.
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Even if the Supreme Court sweeps aside barriers to federal- and state-sanctioned same-sex marriages this summer, where you live and work may still affect your access to health insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse.

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10:43am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Salt

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 6:08 pm

The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
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Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.

When we checked in with experts about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also widely used in the wine industry, they weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural product that contains iron and other metals.

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10:14am

Tue April 9, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper,' By Brian Kimberling

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:11 am

Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.

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10:10am

Tue April 9, 2013
Book Reviews

From Wolitzer, Dramas Of The Gifted (And Less So)

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:42 am

Meg Wolitzer's fat, talky new novel begins in 1974 at an arts camp in the Berkshires where six teenagers sit around in a teepee smoking pot and discussing Gunter Grass. Yes, Gunter Grass, which gives you an idea of the kind of kids Wolitzer is writing about: smart, privileged, pretentious.

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9:48am

Tue April 9, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

An active duty Marine charged with capital murder in connection with the April 1st slaying of his wife has agreed to be returned to Alabama to face the charge.  Al.com reports that Marine Lance Corporal Marquis Cheatham waived extradition Monday at a court hearing in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  Cheatham is accused of killing Ashley Cheatham while he was on a three-day leave from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Court records showed the couple had been married since December 2011.  A second suspect, 21-year-old Dominique Atkinson, is also charged with murder.  She refused to waive extraditi

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