Wed April 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:37 pm

Pope Francis delivers a speech Wednesday during his general audience at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
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Pope Francis called the gender pay gap a "pure scandal" in remarks Wednesday on marriage and family.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful yet in favor of women.

Francis raised his voice as he made a plea for an end to the situation in which men typically earn more than women for performing the same task.

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Wed April 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Lumber Liquidators Says DOJ Seeks Criminal Charges Over Imports

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:44 pm

Lumber Liquidators says the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking criminal charges against it in an investigation over imported products.

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Wed April 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:10 pm

Anheuser-Busch has apologized for a message on bottles of Bud Light that said it is "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." The labels are no longer being produced.
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The label promised that Bud Light was "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." But that's exactly the word that occurred to many people who say the message recalls alcohol's troublesome connection to sexual assaults.

Anheuser-Busch says the slogan is one of many messages it has printed on beer labels as part of its "UpForWhatever" ad campaign. But it acknowledges that it "missed the mark" with this one, saying that it has stopped making the label.

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Wed April 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Will Slower U.S. Economy Make Fed Wait To Raise Rates?

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 4:20 pm

Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said consumers generally haven't been using the savings from lower gasoline prices to spend on other things.
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Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET

As 2015 began, the U.S. economy posted its weakest performance in a year, growing at a 0.2 percent annual pace. That's a sharp slowdown from the fourth quarter and well below the 1 percent rate economists had projected.

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Wed April 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:22 pm

Florida state Senate president Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was applauded by his fellow senators Tuesday, after expressing his disappointment with the Florida House for ending its session three days early, instead of working through the budget clash.
Steve Cannon AP

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature — at odds over the question of whether to expand Medicaid — abruptly ended its session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills that are unrelated to health care unfinished.

Andy Gardiner, president of Florida's state Senate, says he's disappointed with the House's decision to stop negotiating and leave town.

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Wed April 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 8:51 am

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approach the podiums for a joint press conference Tuesday at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Obama is hoping to finalize a new trade agreement with Japan and other Asian nations soon.
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Speaking in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Obama said he was confident he would get a green light from Congress to move forward with a big Asia Pacific trade deal.

"The politics around trade can be hard in both our countries," Obama said. "But I know that Prime Minister Abe, like me, is deeply committed to getting this done. And I'm confident we will."

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Tue April 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Twitter Shares Slide After Disappointing Earnings

Twitter's release Tuesday of its disappointing earnings in the first quarter was pre-empted by four tweets from a financial services company.

The tweets from Selerity caused Twitter's share price to slide; trading in its shares was halted.

Selerity, in a subsequent tweet, said:

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Tue April 28, 2015

Europe May Be On Sale, But The Ticket To Get There Isn't

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:32 pm

People line up to visit St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Although flights to Europe remain expensive, the falling euro is still leading to a surge in American tourists visiting Europe.
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All over the world, free tourist attractions draw crowds at certain times each day — think the changing of the guard in London or Yellowstone's Old Faithful. In Munich, it's the Glockenspiel.

Robert and Kathie Seedroff from Denver are among thousands of tourists who cram Munich's Marienplatz, pointing iPads and phones up toward the clock tower on top of city hall.

"At 5 o'clock [the Glockenspiel's] gonna go around and those little people up there are going to dance and then there's gonna be music," Kathie says.

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Tue April 28, 2015

NFL Announces It Will Forgo Its Tax Exempt Status

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

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Tue April 28, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL To End Its Tax-Exempt Status 'To Eliminate ... Distraction'

The National Football League says it's ending its tax-exempt status, calling it a "distraction."

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