4:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Chico And Rita' And All That Jazz

Havana Heat: The title characters meet cute and swing hard in Chico and Rita, an animated love story with an infectious Latin groove.
GKIDS

In the 11 years since the Oscars introduced an award for Best Animated Feature, the category has been dominated by children's movies, often with computer-animated pandas, penguins and ogres at their center. This year's a little different. Two of the animated films are subtitled, and one is definitely aimed at adults: the Spanish film Chico and Rita, an animated love story steeped in jazz.

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4:29pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Monkey See

George Clooney On Acting, Fame, And Putting Down Your Cellphone Camera

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 1:04 pm

George Clooney as Matt King, Shailene Woodley as Alexandra King, and Nick Krause as Sid in The Descendants.
Universal Pictures

George Clooney is nominated for two Oscars this year — for his lead role in The Descendants and for co-writing the adapted screenplay for The Ides Of March, which he also directed. He speaks to Robert Siegel on today's All Things Considered about film, but also about the life he lives as one of Hollywood's most famous men.

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4:28pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Religion

Bishops Stand Strong Against Birth Control Mandate

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:15 pm

A bishop grasps his pectoral cross during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore on Nov. 14, 2011.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

The Obama administration has drawn fierce criticism over a new rule requiring religiously affiliated charities, universities and hospitals to provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plans. Now, that mandate has created a stalemate between American Catholic bishops and the White House that shows few signs of easing.

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4:22pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Flu Pandemics Hit, Closing Schools Can Slow Spread

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 5:46 am

Students at a University of London class in Mexico City wear masks to protect them against swine flu in May 2009. High schools and universities closed by the pandemic had just reopened across Mexico.
Brennan Linsley AP

Everyone knows that when your kids get the flu, they stay home from school.

But what does it take to justify closing the school down entirely? That's a question we should probably answer before the next big pandemic hits.

At one point during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "The potential benefits of preemptively dismissing students from school are often outweighed by negative consequences," such as disruption of classes and hassles for parents.

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4:19pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Economy

The Mortgage Deal: A Reality Check

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement places tape over a window of a foreclosed home during a march in the impoverished community of East New York in Brooklyn in December.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The $26 billion deal Thursday reached by the federal government, most states and the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners for abusive foreclosure practices was hailed as a landmark agreement. But it's unlikely to end the mortgage mess that has depressed property values and left millions of homeowners owing more than their homes are worth, analysts say.

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4:05pm

Thu February 9, 2012
State Capitol

Pro-Gambling Coalition Forms

A newly-formed coalition of businesses, unions and education groups have teamed up to get a constitutional amendment for gambling on the ballot in Kentucky. The group is called the Kentucky Alliance for Jobs. It's a 501(c)(4), meaning it can raise money and advertise to support casino gaming.

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4:03pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

PepsiCo Says It Will Cut 8,700 Jobs Worldwide

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:08 pm

Kandral McKenzie delivers Pepsi products in New York on Thursday.
Mark Lennihan AP

PepsiCo, the maker of Pepsi soda and Doritos chips, said it will cut 8,700 jobs worldwide. That represents about 3 percent of its 300,000 person global work workforce.

The announcement also comes just after the company announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The Financial Times reports that net income for the company rose 3 percent to $1.4 billion and revenues were up 11 percent to $20.1 billion.

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4:01pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Winter Songs

Winter Songs: Paul Simon, The Bard Of Bad Weather

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:22 pm

Paul Simon.
Mark Seliger

3:46pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Over Bowls Of Soup, Donors Find Recipe For Change

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:15 pm

Jon Landau serves others at PhilaSoup, a soup group based in Philadelphia.
Linton Weeks NPR

The Soup Movement in America is based on a simple recipe: Bring a bunch of people together to eat soup. Ask each person for a modest donation — say $5. Listen to a few proposals about how people might use that pool of money for a worthwhile project. Vote on the best proposal, and give all the money to the top vote-getter. Go home full and fulfilled.

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3:30pm

Thu February 9, 2012
Latin America

Fighting Fit, Venezuela's Chavez Roars Back

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:15 pm

President Hugo Chavez waves during a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a failed coup attempt he led. After battling cancer last year, Chavez has returned to his high-profile, fiery ways.
Ariana Cubillos AP

Last year was a tough one for Venezuela's firebrand leftist president, Hugo Chavez, who has frequently taunted the United States during his 13 years in power.

In June, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Chavez's abdomen, forcing him to dramatically scale back public appearances as he sought treatment in Cuba. Some predicted that the end was near.

But this year, Chavez has returned to his outspoken ways — just in time for his re-election campaign.

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