10:15am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Construction Spending Dips, But Manufacturing Expands

There was a 1.1 percent decline in spending on construction in February vs. January, the Census Bureau just reported. But spending was still 5.8 percent above the level of February 2011.

According to the bureau, spending on home construction was unchanged in February from the month before. Public construction spending was down 1.7 percent.

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9:50am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Irish Protest Against Household Tax As Austerity Pain Bites Further

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 10:55 am

Phyllis O'Toole joined an estimated 5,000 demonstrators in the streets of Dublin on Saturday (March 31, 2012).
Shawn Pogatchnik AP

House prices have crashed. Banks and businesses have failed. Jobs have been axed. People are struggling to make the mortgage.

The Republic of Ireland's 4.6 million people have suffered considerably since the financial crisis began four years ago, forcing their government to turn to the European Union and International Monetary Fund for a $90 billion bail-out.

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9:37am

Mon April 2, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

MSHA Continues to Address Mining Issues

As the two-year anniversary nears of the deadliest coal mine disaster in recent history, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is still trying to address some of the explosion’s root causes. One of the biggest impediments for federal inspectors is mine operators who break the law and give advance notice of inspections. When inspectors arrive at a coal mine, the first thing they do is try to capture the mine’s communication systems.

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9:32am

Mon April 2, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Police to Outline Post-Game Plan

Trash littered the grass, and beer cans clogged gutters at 215 State Street, testaments to Saturday night's post-game celebration.
Lexington Herald-Leader file photo

Lexington police on Monday will outline plans to prevent post-game fan revelry from getting out of hand following the NCAA championship game. No-parking zones and tow-away zones will be increased in some areas around campus, and more streets might be closed to traffic. Similar efforts, police say, kept things from becoming more than a "civil disturbance" after Saturday's University of Kentucky victory in the national semifinals.

9:20am

Mon April 2, 2012

9:00am

Mon April 2, 2012
Movie Interviews

Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 12:54 pm

Doris Day's hits include "Sentimental Journey," "Till The End of Time" and "I Got the Sun in the Mornin'."
Sony Picture Archives

The biggest female box-office star in Hollywood history, Doris Day started singing and dancing when she was a teenager, and made her first film when she was 24. After nearly 40 movies, she walked away from that part of her life in 1968, and started rescuing and caring for animals.

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8:49am

Mon April 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Caffeine Might Keep Moms Awake, But Not Their Babies

Moms, it's not the coffee that's keeping baby awake.
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

Mothers of new babies might be forgiven for turning to caffeine to get through those sleep-deprived months. And they might worry that drinking coffee interferes with the sleep of breast-fed babies — the Web is full of such questions. But a new study says it's not so.

Instead, researchers in Brazil found that the babies of heavy coffee drinkers were no more likely to wake up than were babies whose moms didn't have a serious espresso habit.

Crying and colic at 3 months old, as well as frequent night waking at 12 months, were not affected by a mom's caffeine intake.

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8:45am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Bin Laden's Wives, Daughters Sentenced To 45 Days Detention, Deportation

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 9:21 am

Pakistani security personnel stand guard outside the house in Islamabad where family members of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden are being held.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

"A Pakistani court on Monday convicted Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his grown-up daughters of illegal residency, sentencing them to 45 days detention and ordering their deportation," Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports.

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8:10am

Mon April 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Mega Millions Mystery: Who Won?

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The wait continues to see who bought the three winning tickets in Friday's record $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.

If for some reason you haven't checked yet (yeah, right!) the winning numbers were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and the mega ball was 23.

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7:49am

Mon April 2, 2012
Around the Nation

The 1940 Census: 72-Year-Old Secrets Revealed

An enumerator interviews a woman for the 1940 census. Veiled in secrecy for 72 years because of privacy protections, the 1940 U.S. census is the first historical federal decennial survey to be made available on the Internet initially rather than on microfilm.
National Archives at College Park

Nylon stockings became all the rage. Black fedoras were the "pure quill" — meaning the real deal. Bing Crosby crooned Only Forever on the console. And Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actor ever to take home an Oscar.

Ah, 1940. Three score and 12 years ago, America was in a very different place — economically and culturally.

But on April 2, 2012, when the National Archives releases detailed data from the 1940 census, we will get an even keener idea of how much — or how little — this nation has really changed in the past 72 years.

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