Tue January 24, 2012

Painful cuts ahead for City of Oakland

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Imagine, for a minute, that you’re Governor Jerry Brown.

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Tue January 24, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

99% Invisible: Guilt-Free

Composting is just one way we’re thinking about reducing waste, and when it works, we notice: landfills slim down, and gardens bulk up. But then there’s the waste that doesn’t take up space, like energy.

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Tue January 24, 2012
The Salt

Eaters Worldwide Are Skeptical of Manufacturers' Health Claims

A woman with her son checks labels on fruit drinks in a store in Manila, Philippines.

We members of the global food village seem to have something in common: We're pretty darned skeptical food manufacturers' health claims.

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Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Live Blog: 'No Bailouts, No Handouts, No Copouts,' Obama Will Say

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:33 pm

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.
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Tue January 24, 2012

Smaller Is Better: New Models for the Indie Film Market

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All eyes are on Park City this week as the 2012 Sundance Film Festival gets underway. In the midst of the snow and stars scores of films will be screened, many looking to get picked up for distribution after an arduous road to the festival. In an earlier era hot buzz at the festival led to multi-million dollar bidding wars. But in this age of Netflix, Video On Demand, and recessionary caution those deals are thought to be a thing of the past.

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Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Apple Sold 37 Million iPhones Last Quarter, 7 Million More Than Expected

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 2:22 pm

Apple's just-released financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31 have some eye-popping numbers:

-- "Record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion," double the $6 billion of the same quarter a year earlier.

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Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Texas Town Embraces New Refugee Residents

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:06 pm

Ker Paw Nah, 27, is a supervisor at Pilgrim's Pride. He met his wife, Paw Mu Nar in a refugee camp. Their son, Hai Ler Nah, just turned one.
Kate Archer Kent Red River Radio

Though some states have cracked down hard on illegal immigration, one small Texas town has rolled out the welcome mat for hundreds of foreigners and wouldn't mind seeing more move in.

It started about a year ago when a chicken processing plant in Nacogdoches, Texas, announced it would hire a couple hundred new workers, all of them refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma.

"The initial reaction, it wasn't as good as it should have been," says Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Muslim Men Rescue Bagel Shop And Keep It Kosher

Founded in 1920, Coney Island Bialys and Bagels claims to be the oldest bialy bakery in New York City. It's now run by two Pakistani Muslim men, who say they are keeping it kosher.
Margot Adler NPR

Coney Island Bialys and Bagels claims to be the oldest bialy bakery in New York City. Founded in 1920, it's faced hard economic times and changing neighborhood demographics.

Now, the shop has been rescued by two Pakistani Muslims — and they're keeping it kosher.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Foreign Oil Imports Drop As U.S. Drilling Ramps Up

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 3:07 pm

Natural gas is burned off next to an oil well being drilled at a site near Tioga, N.D., in August. U.S. oil production started increasing a few years ago and is predicted to continue to rise, reducing the country's dependence on oil imports.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Since President Obama took office, the U.S. has made considerable progress in overcoming a problem that has bedeviled presidents since Richard Nixon — dependence on foreign oil.

When U.S. oil dependence peaked at 60 percent in 2005, then-President George W. Bush said the country had a serious problem and was "addicted to oil."

Oil imports were down to 49 percent in 2010, and the Energy Information Agency predicted Tuesday that imports would drop to 36 percent by 2035.

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Tue January 24, 2012
Election 2012

A Few Questions, Answers About Mitt Romney's Taxes

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 3:22 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney arrives to deliver a speech ahead of the State of the Union presidential address at National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Fla. on January 24, 2012.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney has filed his tax returns — to the voters. And to no one's surprise, the former Massachusetts governor, private equity firm exec and GOP presidential contender makes a tidy sum.

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