10:54am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Five Surviving Exotic Animals To Be Given To Ohio Man's Widow

A sign warning motorists that exotic animals were on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio, last October.
Tony Dejak AP

Ohio officials have decided they will hand over five animals to the widow of a man who last October paralyzed a community by releasing 56 lions, tigers, bears and other exotic animals from his farm.

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10:27am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

1 World Trade Center Set To Claim Spot Atop NYC's Skyline Today

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:46 pm

Rising above the Manhattan skyline: 1 World Trade Center.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images
(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

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10:01am

Mon April 30, 2012
State Capitol

State Audit Bashes Former Ag Commissioner

An audit of Richie Farmer's two terms as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner has revealed a toxic culture of entitlement and an extravagant misuse of taxpayers dollars, state employees and time. Current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer requested the audit earlier this year. State Auditor Adam Edelen released his final report today, showing more than a dozen infractions by Farmer and a consistent abuse of state law.

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9:18am

Mon April 30, 2012

9:02am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

After Big Gain In February, Consumer Spending Rose Less In March

A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.

Personal income, meanwhile, was up 0.4 percent in March. It had risen 0.3 percent in February.

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8:38am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen

Chen Guangcheng, in an image from a YouTube video.
AP

With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner due in China for economic talks that start on Thursday, the U.S. and China are rushing to avert a diplomatic crisis over the fate of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

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8:01am

Mon April 30, 2012
Business

Barnes & Noble, Microsoft Team Up In E-Publishing

Microsoft is committing $300 million to the venture with Barnes & Noble. They are working to create a new subsidiary of the bookseller. The two companies are hoping to energize sales of the Nook tablet.

7:23am

Mon April 30, 2012
Asia

Wealthy Australian To Build 21st Century Titanic

Clive Palmer says he wants to build Titanic II to sale from London to New York. Like the builder of the original, Palmer says, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink."

7:12am

Mon April 30, 2012
Europe

Paragliding Centenarian Regains World Record

Peggy McAlpine wasn't happy when she lost her world record. The Scottish woman was 100 when she became the oldest person to paraglide. That title was recently taken away by an American woman. So at age 104, McAlpine took the the skies again and regained the record.

7:06am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes

April 13: In Karachi, activists from the Shabab-e-Milli group set fire to U.S. flags during a protest against the reopening of the NATO supply route to Afghanistan.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

"CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government's insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies," The Washington Post writes.

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