8:04am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Salt

Freezing Food Doesn't Kill E. Coli And Other Germs

The NPR Science Desk freezer: now we know we can't presume it's germ-free.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Think that freezing food kills E. coli and other nasty microbes? Think again.

That's the lesson from the new E. coli outbreak caused by frozen chicken quesadillas and other snacks that has sickened 24 people in 15 states.

Freezing does slow down the microbes that cause food to spoil, but it's pretty much useless for killing dangerous bugs.

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7:43am

Fri April 5, 2013
Economy

U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 1:55 pm

Applicants complete forms at a job fair in Newark, N.J. Weak U.S. job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
Mark Lennihan AP

The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.

The smaller-than-expected increase in payrolls was a big disappointment, coming after a long stretch of much better results. Over the past year, employment growth has averaged 169,000 jobs a month.

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7:37am

Fri April 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 12:01 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
UPI/Landov

A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency contraception. The ruling would also make it easier for older women to obtain the drug because it wouldn't have to be kept behind drugstore counters anymore.

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6:30am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Jobs Report; Pope's Call For Action

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:58 am

5:52am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Job Growth Slows Sharply, But Unemployment Rate Dips

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:44 am

Li-Wen Hung (left) and Whitney Chen were waiting to meet potential employers at a Manhattan job fair earlier this year.
Mario Tama Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi talks with David Greene about the latest employment report

There were just 88,000 jobs added to private and public payrolls in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates.

But the nation's jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent. That dip wasn't for a good reason, though: Nearly half a million fewer people were participating in the labor force. That smaller pool meant the jobless rate could tick down even as job growth was weak.

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5:33am

Fri April 5, 2013
KALW Almanac

Friday April 5, 2013

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  • 95th Day of 2013 / 270 Remaining
  • 77 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:6:47
  • Sunset:7:27
  • 12 Hours 40 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:3:55am
  • Moon Set:3:12pm
  • Moon’s Phase:22 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 25 @ 12:59pm
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  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

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5:12am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

'Look — My Tibia!' Louisville Player Cracks 'Top 10' Jokes

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:57 am

Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware talking with reporters Wednesday, as coach Rick Pitino looked on.
Timothy D. Easley AP

You have to give Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware credit. He's a really good sport.

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4:45am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Korean Tensions Aren't Spurring Foreigners To Evacuate

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:53 am

The phrase "tensions are rising" has been used a lot in recent days as North Korea continues to threaten the South and the U.S.

And there were new reasons Friday morning to use that phrase:

-- "North Korea Moves Missiles, South Korean Markets Roiled." (Reuters)

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4:20am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 10:58 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:16am

Fri April 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama To Propose Cuts In Social Programs

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:58 am

President Obama in Denver on Wednesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

There's breaking budget news from several places this morning:

-- "President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say." (The New York Times)

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