2:29pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Citibank Receives OK To Issue Credit Cards In China

Citgroup announced today that China had approved its plans to issue credit cards in the country. That will make it the first U.S.-based bank to be able to issue credit cards under its own brand.

Citigroup said it plans to issue its first cards this year. The AP reports:

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1:55pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

'Prop 8' Ruling Expected Tuesday; California Measure Banned Gay Marriage

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to release its ruling on the constitutionality of Calfornia's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday (10 a.m. in California), the court just announced.

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1:54pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Secondhand Smoke An Unwelcome Passenger In Cars With Kids

About 1 in 5 kids in middle school or high school is exposed to secondhand smoke in cars.
Richard Clark iStockphoto.com

Sitting in a car with a smoker is about as close to lighting up as a nonsmoker can get.

And quite a few schoolchildren get exposed to secondhand smoke this way, according to an estimate by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 1 in 5 nonsmoking kids in middle and high school reported sharing a car with a smoker who had lit up within a week of answering a survey in 2009. The researcher say the survey, which included responses from thousands of students, give an accurate snapshot of what's happening across the country.

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1:26pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

'Boston Globe' Offers Small Consolation To Patriots' Fans

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 1:40 pm

The cover of The Boston Globe's special Super Bowl section.
The Boston Globe

There was a little humor in The Boston Globe's special Super Bowl section this morning. It featured an all-caps headline delivering the bad news to Patriot fans that its team had repeated its 2008 defeat. It also featured a photo of a dejected Tom Brady.

But if you looked at the upper right-hand corner (click on the photo to get a closer look), where the throw-away forecast goes, it offered a bit of consolation to its readers:

"But Weather's Nice"

Indeed, they're expecting a high of about 50.

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1:15pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

'What If?' Moments Stand Out In Story Of Father Who Killed Himself And Sons

Investigators work around the smoldering remains of the house near Graham, Wash., on Sunday (Feb. 5, 2012).
John Froschauer AP

"I'm sorry, goodbye," Josh Powell wrote in an email to his attorney just before he apparently ignited an explosive fire Sunday that took not just his life but those of his 5- and 7-year-old sons, authorities say.

The tragic events at Powell's home in Graham, Wash., came nearly three years after the disappearance of Powell's wife Susan and the emergence of Powell as the only "person of interest" in the case. Throughout, he maintained his innocence.

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12:52pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Commonwealth

Kentucky's Winter Weather Friendlier to Some Crops

Warmer winter temperatures in central Kentucky could open the door to new flowering shrubs and fruit trees.  The U-S Department of Agriculture has revised its ‘plant hardiness zone’ map.  It assumes the average lowest winter temperatures in Kentucky are five degrees warmer than they were in 1990.  Clark County Extension Agent Frank Hicks says it might mean a few more fruit trees could survive a central Kentucky winter.

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12:19pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Court Strips Contador Of 2010 Tour De France Victory

PINTO, SPAIN - FILE: Alberto Contador listens to questions from the media during his press conference pleading his innocence after being tested positive for clenbuterol in 2010.
Jasper Juinen Getty Images

Sport's highest court has stripped Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador of his 2010 Tour de France title.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the Spanish Cycling Federation's decision that said Contador had accidentally ingested clenbuterol, a performance enhancing drug, by eating a contaminated steak.

The CAS was deciding on an appeal launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Cycling Union (UCI).

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12:10pm

Mon February 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Super Bowl's Political Ads Stir Emotions Amid Beer, Chips And Car Ads

Clint Eastwood provided a Super Bowl surprise.
Chrysler ad screenshot

12:01pm

Mon February 6, 2012
State Capitol

Legislative Redistricting During Budget Times

For weeks, negotiations between Senate Republicans and House Democrats over new legislative, judicial and congressional districts have diverted their attention. Time spent on those tasks is time not spent on budget writing.  But, despite the delays and hard feelings, legislative leaders still say they can agree on a new budget.

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11:55am

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Signs Order Extending Sanctions To Property Of Iranian Government

President Obama has signed an executive order blocking the movement of "all property and interests in property of the government of Iran, including the Central Bank of Iran," if the assets are in the U.S. or are controlled by an American or U.S. entity at foreign branches of U.S. institutions.

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