9:33am

Fri August 3, 2012
Participation Nation

Making Connections In Durham, N.C.

People lend a hand to others at the Project Homeless Connection.
Courtesy of PHC

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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9:27am

Fri August 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Latest Jobs Data Maintain Status Quo Of Obama-Romney Race

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 11:10 am

(Revised @ 1:48 pm ET)

With only three monthly jobs reports left before Nov. 6, President Obama needs every piece of good economic news he can get to add to his argument for re-election.

Friday's employment report certainly provided some. The Labor Department reported that the economy added an unexpectedly strong 163,000 jobs in July. Forecasters had predicted that the economy would add as many as 100,000 jobs, so the report took most everyone by surprise.

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9:22am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Charity Founded By Jerry Sandusky Drops Investigation

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:06 pm

A sign for The Second Mile charity is seen outside the organization's headquarters in State College, Pa., in November of 2011.
Genaro C. Armas AP

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Second Mile, the foundation set up by Jerry Sandusky, is dropping an expansive internal investigation.

The charity had decided to close up shop after Sandusky was convicted of 45 criminal counts related to the sexual abuse of young boys.

The Inquirer reports that chief executive David Woodle said the decision to close shop means there is no need for an extensive investigation.

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9:20am

Fri August 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Science Behind Olympic Six-Pack Abs

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:27 pm

Swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte deploy their muscles to win medals for the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Every four years, we look forward to watching the jaw-dropping athleticism of the Summer Olympic Games. But — let's be frank — we also tune in to ogle the athletes' impressively toned physiques.

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8:54am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Torch

Federer Wins Epic Semifinal, Taking More Than Four Hours To Do So

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 9:25 am

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their Olympic semifinal played at Wimbledon. Federer won the match, which took more than 4 hours to play.
Clive Brunskill Getty Images

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer kept his Olympic dream alive Friday, when he won the longest tennis singles match in Olympic history. He defeated Juan Del Potro of Argentina, in a semifinal played on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

The final score of the three-set match, which lasted more than four hours and 20 minutes, was 3-6, 7-6, 19-17. Federer will next face the winner of Friday's semifinal between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in the final.

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8:37am

Fri August 3, 2012
Planet Money

Actually, The U.S. Lost 1.2 Million Jobs Last Month

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 12:02 pm

Everyone (including us) is saying this morning that the U.S. economy gained 163,000 jobs last month. Strictly speaking, this is a lie.

In fact, the U.S. economy actually lost 1.2 million jobs last month. There were 134.1 million jobs in June, and 132.9 million jobs in July. (The numbers are in this PDF.)

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8:11am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Stories Of The Colorado Victims: Thinking Of Alex Teves, 'You Smile'

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 8:40 am

In Aurora, Colo., last week, among the memorials to victims of the shooting was one for Alex Teves. It includes a photo of him with girlfriend Amanda Lindgren. Teves protected her with his body.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

As they're being told, we're pointing to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded when a gunman opened fire on July 20 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Click here to see more. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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7:59am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Salt

Canning History: When Propaganda Encouraged Patriotic Preserves

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:11 am

During World War II, the government used posters to encourage Americans to grow and preserve their own foods as a way to aid the war effort. Produced by the Office of War Information in 1943.
Northwestern University Libraries

Recently, home canning has seen a rush in popularity, and even upscale retailers like Williams-Sonoma want a share of the idea that a pint of home-canned jam is a fun gift idea. But during both world wars, canning saw another surge, this time prompted by colorful propaganda sponsored by the United States government.

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7:54am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Torch

Olympics Energize Britain's Patriots, Even (Perhaps) In Scotland

Great Britain, By Jingo!: Fans cheer Team GB at a rowing event in Windsor, England.
Quinn Rooney Getty Images

Any claim the British have to their fabled "stiff upper lip" is being destroyed by these Olympic Games. The Brits' lips are wobbling like jellies; their tears are flowing faster than the summer rain; their crowds are cheering themselves hoarse.

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7:27am

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

First Batch Of Family's Rare Baseball Cards Fetches $566,000

Two of the most valuable cards in the collection: Ty Cobb (left) and Honus "Hans" Wagner.
Heritage Auctions

That lucky Ohio family that found some very rare and very valuable baseball cards in granddad's attic has sold part of the treasure for more than $566,000.

We posted about the discovery back in July. Today, The Toledo Blade updated with news of the first sale.

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