Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

House Passes Payroll Tax Extension

The Republican-controlled House voted 293-132 today to renew a payroll tax cut that benefits 160 million workers, as well as extending benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.

The Senate is expected to quickly approve the legislation, which then goes to President Obama for his signature.

Workers would continue to receive the two percentage-point cut in the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax — as much as $2,200 for high-income earners.

The Associated Press reports:

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Fri February 17, 2012
All Politics are Local

Same Sex Marriage Campaign Surfaces in Ohio

Backers of same-sex marriage are launching a petition drive to put onto the Ohio ballot a REPEAL of the 2004 constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and that even bans policies that mirror gay marriage. Backers of the repeal may not make the ballot this year, but they’re intent on getting it onto the ballot at least next year.


Fri February 17, 2012
State Capitol

Support for Restrictions on Constables Grows

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law. Originally, both chambers pursued constitutional amendments to eliminate the office of constable altogether, spurred by several recent instances of constables abusing their power. But an agreement not to crowd the fall ballot with constitutional amendments led to the Senate proposal.

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Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

The Libyan Art Of Honking

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 1:12 pm

Children in Tripoli, Libya, wave a national flag from a car as people celebrate the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Libya's revolution, Feb. 16 2012.
Sabri Elmhedwi EPA /Landov

The streets of Benghazi have turned into the world's most joyous parking lot.

Every single vehicle, moving slower than a toddler walking, is honking its horn in a variety of patterns to celebrate the first anniversary of the revolution.

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Fri February 17, 2012
The Commonwealth

Arson Investigator Sent to Houseboat Fires

Kentucky State Police has sent an arson investigator to the Holly Bay Marina on Laurel River Lake where three houseboats burned to their hulls early Friday. A police spokesman said the U.S Forestry Service contacted the London police post and requested the investigator. There were no injuries reported.

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Fri February 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Millions Of Apple Users Unwittingly Tracked By Google

If you thought privacy settings on your iPhone, iPad or Apple desktop were keeping others from tracking your travels across the Web, think again.

Google Inc. and some advertizing companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Safari, the default Apple-supplied browser, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In a story today by Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-Devries, the WSJ said:

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Fri February 17, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

EPA’s Air Toxics Rule Published Today

The Environmental Protection’s Agency’s new air toxics rule is officially on the books. The new rule, which will require power plants to drastically reduce emissions of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, chromium and nickel, was published in the federal register today. This starts the clock for compliance. No existing power plant will have to meet the standards until April 16, 2015. For facilities that need extra time, the EPA has indicated it will grant extensions up to 2017.

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Fri February 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Infants' Tylenol That's Too Hard To Use

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 5:49 pm

More than a half-million bottles of Tylenol for babies have been recalled because of complaints about a new system for getting the dose right. The doughnut-like receptacle for the syringe seen in the neck of the bottle can get pushed down into the liquid medicine.
Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson keeps finding new reasons to recall products.

This time there's a problem with more than a half-million bottles of grape-flavored liquid Tylenol for infants. What's up?

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Fri February 17, 2012
Movie Interviews

Michelle Williams: The Fresh Air Interview

Actress Michelle Williams was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Blue Valentine. In Meek's Cutoff, she plays a bold settler named Emily Tetherow.
Matt Sayles AP Photo

This interview was originally broadcast on April 14, 2011. Michelle Williams just received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in My Week With Marilyn.

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Fri February 17, 2012