11:04am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Looks Like That Post-Rapture Pet-Walking Company Was A Hoax

It was all a joke, the man behind Eternal Earth-Bound Pets now says.
EE-BP

A New Hampshire man who claimed last year that for a fee of $135 he would arrange to have your dog walked if the Rapture did indeed begin last May 21 and you got taken up to heaven, is now saying that his business venture was a hoax.

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10:56am

Thu March 22, 2012
Media

As 'Murdoch's Scandal' Unravels, Many Implicated

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:14 pm

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, testifying alongside his son James, said his July appearance before a British parliamentary inquiry in London was "the most humble day of my life."
Parbul AFP/Getty Images

Allegations of phone hacking and bribery brought down Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World. Criminal and parliamentary investigations are now under way in the U.K., and dozens of journalists and top executives from Murdoch's paper have been arrested.

Scotland Yard has been investigating the scandal, but several police officials from that iconic institution have also been implicated; they're accused of accepting bribes from reporters at Murdoch's papers.

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10:43am

Thu March 22, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington's Hotel-Motel Tax and Land Preservation

A program in Fayette County designed to preserve rural land could one day be supported by a special tax.   Now, those funds come from Lexington’s general fund.  When it set up its Purchase of Development Rights, or P-D-R, program, city lawyer David Barberee told council member Kevin Stinnett, voters could have set aside a portion of the Hotel-Motel Tax for the program.

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10:30am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Video Of Copter Crash In Afghanistan Goes Viral; Army Investigating

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 10:31 am

From video of the incident, as the helicopter swooped low over a snowy base in Afghanistan moments before crashing in the distance.
YouTube.com

If you haven't seen it yet, you probably will soon if you're watching the cable news networks:

Video of what appears to be a U.S. Army helicopter swooping low over a snowy base in Afghanistan last month before taking several dramatic twists, bouncing off the ground and crashing in the distance.

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10:17am

Thu March 22, 2012
U.S.

An Open Letter ... About Open Letters

Anneke Schram iStockphoto.com

Dear Open Letter Writers,

Are you open to the idea that the open letter has become the victim of its own success?

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10:16am

Thu March 22, 2012
Religion

Vanderbilt Rule Rankles Faith-Based Student Groups

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 6:05 pm

Vanderbilt administrators and faculty field questions at a January 2012 town hall meeting on the school's controversial "all comers" rule. Many campus religious groups say aspects of the policy are discriminatory.
Kevin Barnett InsideVandy

Administrators at Vanderbilt University are beginning to enforce a long-held nondiscrimination policy for student groups. The policy is forcing a dilemma for faith-based organizations: Either drop requirements that their leaders hold certain beliefs, or forfeit school funding and move off campus.

Members of Christian student groups say Vanderbilt's nondiscrimination policy has them feeling more like victims of discrimination. They include the school's star quarterback, junior Jordan Rogers.

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9:56am

Thu March 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Board Draws Fire Before It Even Meets

IPAB sounds like a new Apple product, but it's actually a controversial board that is at the heart of House Republicans' efforts to upend the 2010 federal health law.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the health law, is supposed to help hold down costs in Medicare, the federal health program for seniors and the disabled.

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9:20am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Murray Lender, Who Introduced Many Americans To Bagels, Has Died

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 11:37 am

From a Connecticut bakery to the nation.
Mike Derer AP

If you were young in the 1960s or '70s and like many of us didn't live around New York City, the first bagel you ever saw and enjoyed was probably a Lender's.

So it's with a sense of sadness and nostalgia that we pass along this, from The Associated Press:

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9:00am

Thu March 22, 2012

8:36am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dropped By 5,000 Last Week

There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

At that level, weekly claims remain the lowest they've been since March 2008.

The agency also said "the 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average of 356,250."

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