7:36am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Junior Seau's Family OKs Having His Brain Studied, 'L.A. Times' Reports

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 1:49 pm

Junior Seau in 2008, when he played for the New England Patriots.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

As soon as it was learned on Wednesday that former NFL star Junior Seau had killed himself, there was speculation about whether he may have suffered brain injuries during his career that in turn led to depression or dementia.

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7:01am

Fri May 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

School Bake Sales Draw Fire In Obesity Battle

Moms and their kids protest a proposed ban on homemade food at bake sales in New York City schools at a rally near City Hall in 2010. One sign read, "I wanna get obese on my terms. No junk food."
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An American tradition is in jeopardy.

The bake sale, a staple of school fundraising for generations, is getting squeezed. The epidemic of childhood obesity is leading some districts to restrict the kinds of foods sold or to ban the sales altogether, Bloomberg Businessweek's Stephanie Armour explained on Friday's Morning Edition.

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6:55am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

AP Apologizes For WWII-Era Firing Of Reporter

May 7, 1945: In Frankfurt, Germany, Allied commanders including British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Marshal Gregori Zhukov and others celebrate the German surrender.
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Sixty seven years later, The Associated Press is apologizing for the way it condemned and then fired one of its correspondents for reporting "perhaps the biggest scoop in its history."

Edward Kennedy was among a small group of reporters taken by Allied military officials to witness the May 7, 1945, surrender by German forces at a schoolhouse in Reims, France.

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6:54am

Fri May 4, 2012
Asia

Deal Would Allow Activist To Leave China

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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5:51am

Fri May 4, 2012
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Friday May 4, 2012

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5:40am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Just 115,000 Jobs Added Last Month, But Jobless Rate Dipped To 8.1 Percent

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:58 am

A sign earlier this month in New York City's Queens borough.
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The nation's jobless rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, but just 115,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

The job growth was well below expectations and has raised new questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.

We'll add more to this post as we read through the report and gather reactions and analysis. So be sure to hit your "refresh" button to get our latest updates.

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5:05am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

No Mo! Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Suffers Possible Career-Ending Injury

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 2:19 pm

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, earlier this season.
Patrick Semansky AP

Update at 5:18 p.m. ET. He'll Be Back:

"I can't go out like this."

That's what Mariano Rivera told the AP about an injury that many thought could end the greatest closer in baseball history's career.

The AP reports that Rivera said he would be back on the mound by 2013.

Our Original Post Continues:

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4:20am

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

'Elegant Solution' Possible For Chinese Activist; He May Study Abroad

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:17 am

Chen Guangcheng, left, with U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke on Tuesday at the U.S. embassy in Beijing.
State Department
  • Louisa Lim, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

The news that China's Foreign Ministry now says legal activist Chen Guangcheng can apply to study abroad could be an "elegant solution [of] a really difficult diplomatic problem," NPR's Louisa Lim reported earlier on Morning Edition.

Chen has "a letter of invitation" from New York University, she says.

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4:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
Around the Nation

Usual Flower Is MIA At Michigan Tulip Festival

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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4:06am

Fri May 4, 2012
Space

Photographers, Skywatchers Prepare For Supermoon

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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