3:03pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

PepsiCo Says It Will Cut 8,700 Jobs Worldwide

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 3:08 pm

Kandral McKenzie delivers Pepsi products in New York on Thursday.
Mark Lennihan AP

PepsiCo, the maker of Pepsi soda and Doritos chips, said it will cut 8,700 jobs worldwide. That represents about 3 percent of its 300,000 person global work workforce.

The announcement also comes just after the company announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The Financial Times reports that net income for the company rose 3 percent to $1.4 billion and revenues were up 11 percent to $20.1 billion.

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3:01pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Winter Songs

Winter Songs: Paul Simon, The Bard Of Bad Weather

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Paul Simon.
Mark Seliger

2:46pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Over Bowls Of Soup, Donors Find Recipe For Change

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:15 pm

Jon Landau serves others at PhilaSoup, a soup group based in Philadelphia.
Linton Weeks NPR

The Soup Movement in America is based on a simple recipe: Bring a bunch of people together to eat soup. Ask each person for a modest donation — say $5. Listen to a few proposals about how people might use that pool of money for a worthwhile project. Vote on the best proposal, and give all the money to the top vote-getter. Go home full and fulfilled.

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2:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Latin America

Fighting Fit, Venezuela's Chavez Roars Back

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:15 pm

President Hugo Chavez waves during a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a failed coup attempt he led. After battling cancer last year, Chavez has returned to his high-profile, fiery ways.
Ariana Cubillos AP

Last year was a tough one for Venezuela's firebrand leftist president, Hugo Chavez, who has frequently taunted the United States during his 13 years in power.

In June, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Chavez's abdomen, forcing him to dramatically scale back public appearances as he sought treatment in Cuba. Some predicted that the end was near.

But this year, Chavez has returned to his outspoken ways — just in time for his re-election campaign.

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2:19pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Steve Jobs' FBI File Reveals People Who Knew Him Had A Mixed Opinion Of Him

Steve Jobs.
Jeff Chiu AP

The FBI has released the files it kept on Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. The 191-pages are part of a background search the FBI undertook in order to clear him for an appointment made to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush in 1991.

For the background check, the FBI conducted 30 interviews with friends, family, neighbors and former colleagues. What emerged was a portrait of a man admired for his brilliance but whose personal life and character are often questioned. It's not unlike the picture painted in Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography "Steve Jobs."

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2:15pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Escaped 'Rhino' Successfully Captured In Tokyo

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 2:40 pm

Netting the escapee.
BBC News

In 2010, it was a guy dressed up in a tiger suit that wouldn't have scared many toddlers. One year keepers successfully captured a "zebra."

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1:05pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Call It 'Gulf Of America,' Not Gulf Of Mexico, Lawmaker Says In Bit Of Satire

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:26 pm

Sept. 2005: Hurricane Rita enters the Gulf of Mexico — or Gulf of America, as Mississippi House Rep. Stephen Holland would say.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Update at 3:25 p.m. ET. It's Satirical, The Lawmaker Says:

Daniel Cherry of Mississippi Public Broadcasting just talked with Rep. Stephen Holland — the Democratic lawmaker who's getting a lot of attention for introducing a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of America.

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1:02pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Fun, Fun, Fun 'Til Council Takes The Frisbee Away

A surfer watches the waves just before sunset at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
Reed Saxon AP

Throwing a frisbee or a football on a Los Angeles County beach in the summer could cost you $1,000.

As NPR member station KPCC reports, the L.A. Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a revision of a 37-page ordinance that outlines acceptable behavior on county beaches.

KPCC reports:

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12:58pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Find Wide Variation In Serious Infections Linked To Catheters

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:09 pm

Inattention to catheters used often in ICUs can lead to serious infections.
iStockphoto.com

Across the country, 1 in 6 hospitals has high rates of one of the most serious kinds of preventable infections — those caused by catheters inserted into large veins, according to new data published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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12:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
A Video of O'Connors Speech to be Shown

O'Connor Speaks to Overflow Crowd at MTSU

College of Liberal Arts Dean Mark Byrnes, left, listens as retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor makes a point during her appearance at MTSU Feb. 8.
MTSU photo by Andy Heidt

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke to an overflow crowd here on the campus of Middle Tennessee State last night.

WMOT student reporter Charity Dunn was there and says the lecture hall filled early and a line formed for an overflow room with a video feed.

The former justice, and the first woman appointed to the nation’s highest court, gave a wide-ranging and surprisingly entertaining talk that had the crowd laughing repeatedly. O’Connor shared a number of biographical details, including memories of her childhood.

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