5:21pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 8, 2013

The senior ex-offenders of Bayview Hunter’s Point; The Truths and Tales of Mental Illness and Gun Violence;  and The Money Diaries: Confessions of a Shopaholic.

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4:07pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Pastor Joel Osteen Is The Target Of A Complex Online Hoax

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:22 am

April Fool's Day was one week ago — but an elaborate hoax targeting Pastor Joel Osteen gained wide attention Monday, after those behind the hoax used Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to spread spurious claims that the pastor had renounced his faith and would close his huge Texas church.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET, Tuesday: Man Behind Hoax Describes Motives, Public Response

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3:15pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Reporter's Notebook

Iowa Town Braces For New Reality In Factory Closure's Wake

Main Street in Webster City, Iowa, has so far survived the 2011 closure of an Electrolux factory. But retraining funds and unemployment are running out for former workers, leaving businesses worried that a serious downturn is ahead.
Andrea Hsu NPR

What becomes of a city of 8,000 people when its main employer leaves town? What does it look like, and what does it feel like? I set out to answer those questions on a trip to Webster City, Iowa, last month, as part of my report on the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux.

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3:09pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Two-Way

His Makeover Strategy In Shambles, J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson Is Out

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:13 pm

A J.C. Penney story in Plano, Texas.
LM Otero AP

After an unsuccessful makeover of the retailer J.C. Penney, Ron Johnson, the company's chief executive, is out.

In a press release, the company said Myron "Mike" Ullman, who was the company's previous CEO, is retaking the reins.

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2:55pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Would Angry Teens Chill Out If They Saw More Happy Faces?

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:59 pm

Researchers say that aggressive people tend to interpret ambiguous faces as reflecting hostility.
iStockphoto.com

All day long we're surrounded by faces. We see them on the subway sitting two by two, pass them on the sidewalk as we make our way to work, then nod to them in the elevator.

But most of those faces don't tell us much about the emotional life of the person behind the face.

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2:54pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Salt

Reduced Guilt? Chocolate Gets A Healthy, Fruity Makeover

You could cut up to half the fat from chocolate without sacrificing taste by infusing it with fruit juice, scientists say.
iStockphoto

Chocoholics, rejoice!

British scientists have developed a new fruit-juice-infused chocolate that they say has up to 50 percent less fat than the regular stuff. And it's tasty, too.

The scientists, led by University of Warwick's Stefan Bon, created the hybrid chocolate using a blender to generate microscopic droplets of fruit juice fine enough to blend into molten chocolate.

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2:53pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Two-Way

A Woman's Prayer Makes Mormon History

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:16 pm

Jean A. Stevens conducts the morning session's closing prayer during the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer AP

There was no formal acknowledgment of the historic moment Saturday when Jean Stevens stood at a dark wooden podium framed by potted plants and colorful flowers in the cavernous Mormon conference center in Salt Lake City.

"Our beloved father in heaven," she began, as 20,000 faithful and silent Mormons in the building listened, and as millions of others (according to Church officials) watched on television screens around the world.

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2:25pm

Mon April 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Sequester Uncertainty Surrounds Section 8 Housing Program

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:16 pm

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest mandatory federal budget cuts during a rally March 20 in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Last week, several media outlets and advocacy groups began circulating the same sad story: Because of sequestration, 60 low-income families in Dane County, Wis., were soon to be homeless.

But the truth is more complicated.

The story began with a blog post written in February by Dane County Housing Authority Executive Director Rob Dicke.

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2:21pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Business

One Manufacturing Giant Creates Winners And Losers

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:59 pm

Electrolux's new plant in Memphis, Tenn., is the Swedish appliance company's most modern and high-tech facility. The factory will open this summer while an Electrolux plant in Quebec, Canada, is being shuttered.
Andrea Hsu NPR

The United States lost close to 6 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Now, slowly, some of those jobs are coming back. Over the past three years, the U.S. economy has gained a half-million manufacturing jobs.

But even with the manufacturing recovery, there are both winners and losers — and sometimes they're created by the same company.

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2:03pm

Mon April 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Climate Change Could Equal Teeth-Rattling Flights

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:23 pm

Fly the bumpier skies?
AFP/Getty Images

Buckle up — climate change could make this a bumpy flight.

That's according to a newly published study by two British scientists who say increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere will make "clear air turbulence" — which can't be easily spotted by pilots or satellites — more common over the North Atlantic. That means the potential for gut-wrenching flights between the U.S., Europe and points east.

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