10:12am

Fri July 8, 2011
Sports

Busch Wins Again

Kyle Busch’s mastery of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series continued Thursday night when the Cup star racked up his fifth series win of the season during a green-white-checkered finish in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. As is typically the case whenever Busch ventures into the Truck ranks, his No. 18 Toyota pretty much had its way with rivals as it picked its way through the field.

9:53am

Fri July 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Botulism Strikes Two Who Tasted Spoiled Potato Soup

If your potato soup came from a bulging, unrefrigerated container, don't even taste it.
Stephanie Frey iStockphoto.com

If you absolutely must have some botulism toxin in your body, please make sure it's put there by a health professional to smooth wrinkles or for some other medical purpose.

Eating the stuff could land you in the hospital — or worse.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week, two unfortunate people who took small tastes of spoiled potato soup came down with botulism.

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9:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Asks Again: 'Where Are The Jobs?'

This morning's word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about the effectiveness of Democratic President Obama's attempts to boost the economy.

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8:45am

Fri July 8, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Loving To Loathe British Libel Law

Protesters demonstrate outside the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in London last week against the government announcement approving takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Yesterday, Murdoch announced he was shutting down the British weekly News of the World amid scandal of illegally hacking into cell phones for story leads.
Sang Tan AP

Bradford Plumer is an associate editor at The New Republic.

And just like that, the News of the World is gone. Never mind that Rupert Murdoch's racy tabloid was the best-selling and most profitable weekly in Britain, with a circulation of some 2.6 million. After the paper was caught hacking — repeatedly, and flagrantly — into the phones of everyone from the royals to a child murder victim, and once advertisers started fleeing en masse, a death sentence was the only option left

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8:41am

Fri July 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Council Opts to Back Mayor

Members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council have decided to let stand three budget vetoes by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Mayor Gray made three line item vetoes to the council approved budget.  Only one veto was challenged by the council Thursday night.  Members were asked to over-ride the mayor’s action and restore funding for more than 20 outside agencies.

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8:35am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Only 18,000 Jobs Added In June, Jobless Rate Edged Up To 9.2 Percent

The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent in June from 9.1 percent the month before as businesses and government agencies added only 18,000 jobs to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Both figures are well below the already modest pre-report forecasts from economists.

We'll add more details from the report shortly.

President Obama is scheduled to make a statement about the news at 10:35 a.m. ET, the White House says.

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8:21am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Bad Weather Hangs Over Kennedy Space Center

The space shuttle Atlantis is fueled and the astronauts are waiting to see if there will be a launch Friday. The weather could delay the final bast off of a shuttle. After 30 years, NASA is ending the program. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce and Wade Goodwyn talk to Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about the mission.

7:50am

Fri July 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Atlantis Blasts Off On Shuttle Program's Final Mission

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 1:23 pm

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
John Raoux AP

Space shuttle Atlantis roared off the launch pad at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this morning, beginning a 12-day mission to the International Space Station that marks the end of NASA's 30-year-old shuttle program.

With hundreds of thousands of people looking on from highways, beaches and balconies along Florida's "Space Coast," and millions more watching on television or the Web, the shuttle and its crew of four lifted off after a morning of uncertainty about whether storms in the area might force a postponement.

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7:47am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Court Rules Against Dillard's In Hot Dog Case

Nolan Koewler was fired from a Dillard's department store in Evansville, Ind., after July 4, 2010. He'd taken two leftover hot dogs after a company picnic. After losing his job, Koewler sued. He said he didn't hear his boss's instructions to save them. Indiana's Court of Appeals has ordered the store to pay him unemployment benefits.

7:41am

Fri July 8, 2011
Strange News

Fried Fish Boycott 'News Of The World'

Just before word came that the scandal-ridden News of the World would fold, one final insult: a boycott. Fish and chips are traditionally wrapped in newspapers. And according to a satirical website, fish were refusing to be wrapped in the British tabloid.

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