Three more pieces of the economic puzzle were just released:
-- Inflation:The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in April from March, but were up a more modest 0.3 percent if you exclude food and energy costs (which economists do to gauge the underlying inflation pressures, not because they think food and energy costs don't matter).
In the past 12 months, wholesale prices have gone up a sharp 6.8 percent, BLS says.
An image from an undated video released by the Department of Defense on May 7, 2011. Videos of Osama bin Laden and other materials were seized during the raid on his compound in Pakistan, during which the al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. commandos.
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There's more being reported this morning about what's said to be in notebooks written by Osama bin Laden. His writings, sources tell The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, add to the evidence that al-Qaida's leader was obsessed with attacking the U.S.
Defendant John Demjanjuk arrives at court for his trial on May 12, 2011 in Munich, Germany.
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A German court has convicted 91-year-old John Demjanjuk as an accessory to the murders of Jews at a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The trial has lasted for 18 months; the elderly Demjanjuk attended court in a wheelchair or in a hospital bed. The AP says he refused the court's offer to make a final statement.
Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry pose backstage at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. The twin sisters will star in the reality show, <em>Tia & Tamera Take Two</em> on the Style Network. <em></em>
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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles.
As critics bemoan the image of the angry black woman — perpetuated by NeNe Leakes — on reality TV, shows that portray black women in a positive light go unpublicized.
I knew what was coming the minute after reading that NeNe Leakes and Star Jones would be joining the fourth season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Egyptians gather to buy bread in central Cairo during the uprising in January, 2011. Egypt imports most of it's wheat, and since the toppling of the regime, some worry that the country has been running out of money with which to buy food.
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Lee Smith is senior editor at The Weekly Standard.
A rain delay offered some comic relief at Tuesday's Mets-Rockies game. A member of the Rockies grounds crew slipped and disappeared under the tarp. No one noticed, until they saw a bump in the otherwise flat surface.
The flooding from the Mississippi River that's overlapped parts of Memphis is surging south toward three states. CNN says Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana are already inundated. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the latest state chief to warn residents to evacuate before matters become dangerous.
Police in Petroskey, Mich., received a call that Batman was dangling along a wall at the Meyer Ace Hardware. They went on the roof and pulled up the guy in the costume. Mark Wayne Williams is accused of trespassing.
Wiretaps played an important role in the government's case against a billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. The guilty verdict is being appealed, and it's expected the legal team will question whether the wiretaps were legal.
Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament have voted to ban a controversial gas and oil drilling technique. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is widely used in the United States, but environmentalists say it can pollute ground water.
Yazoo City, Miss., is already flooded by local rivers that have been unable to flow in to the Mississippi River. Many residents have evacuated — and now, the community is bracing for even more floodwater.
Steve Inskeep speaks with the former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Edward Djerejian about U.S. policy towards Syria. He says the relationship has long been troubled by the complex geo-politics of the Middle East.
Chile's economy is growing and with it is a bigger demand for energy. Some of the nation's rivers are being dammed with mega-hydroelectric projects that have many up in arms about environmental consequences.
British singer Kate Bush acts out the title to her new album, <em>Director's Cut</em>.
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I've long thought that platinum-selling pop star Kate Bush could do no wrong. Turns out, she disagrees with me.
Bush is best known for her canonized 1985 album Hounds of Love. It's tempting to call that record a turning point in pop: It's as weird as it is catchy, as intelligent as it is danceable. And it's only gotten better with age.
Workers assemble Volkswagen Golf 6 cars at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen and other German automakers are among those driving Germany's economic boom.
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While the U.S., the U.K. and much of Europe brace for spending cuts and austerity, Germany is in the midst of an economic boom.
Germany has emerged from the financial crisis faster and in far better shape than the rest of Europe. The German growth rate almost doubled in the first quarter of 2011; corporate profits have soared, and industrial production is expected to keep growing — at least for the rest of this year.
But as manufacturers add extra shifts, there's a new shortage of skilled workers — and that's led to renewed calls to ease restrictions on immigration.
Ivory Coast's incoming president, Alassane Ouattara, who belatedly took the oath of office May 6, has a tough challenge on his hands: to reconcile and restore peace to his West African nation after a bloody and protracted post-election standoff. Mass graves, evidence of extrajudicial executions, forming a national army, setting up a truth-and-reconciliation commission and kick-starting the economy are just some of the hurdles he faces.
Two cells — one marked mostly in green, the other in blue — of a newly discovered organism that were found in water samples collected from the University of Exeter pond. Scientists think these "cryptomycota" use their tails to propel themselves while searching for food.
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If you think biologists have a pretty good idea about what lives on the Earth, think again. Scientists say they have just now discovered an entirely new branch on the tree of life. It's made up of mysterious microscopic organisms. They're related to fungus, but they so different you could argue that they deserve their very own kingdom, alongside plants and animals.
This comes as a big surprise. Just a few years ago, Prof. Timothy James and his colleagues sat down and wrote the definitive scientific paper to describe the fungal tree of life.
The daring assault that killed Osama bin Laden last week has been seen by many as a vindication of the tactic of "targeted killing," which Gen. David Petraeus has utilized at an unprecedented level in Afghanistan.
U.S. military sources say the tactic has turned back the Taliban's momentum. But critics say it can be counterproductive — especially when mistakes are made.
It didn't take long for some on Capitol Hill to point to the successful operation to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as evidence that the U.S. could be winning the war in Afghanistan with fewer troops on the ground.
A patient participates in a brain-computer interface study. By placing an array of sensors directly on the brain and connecting them to a computer, researchers are able to decode brain signals into meaningful information, including some words.
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The X-ray image on the left shows a grid of electrodes placed directly on the surface of a patient's brain. Each red dot on the right corresponds to an individual electrode, and the size of the dot represents the intensity of the signal being detected. Researchers can analyze the data to decode brain signals.
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An old technology is providing new insights into the human brain.
The technology is called electrocorticography, or ECoG, and it uses electrodes placed on the surface of the brain to detect electrical signals coming from the brain itself.
From Ron Burgundy to Ricky Bobby to his famous George W. Bush impersonation, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest performers in America. His characters are often the butt of some joke — neither as smart, or as hip, as they think they are. That might describe Nick Halsey, the character he plays in his latest movie, Everything Must Go.
In Memphis, Tenn., water levels remain near record highs and have only just begun to recede.
Hundreds of people are still living in shelters which the interfaith community of Memphis is leading the effort to provide.
Marcello Gonzalez, 29, stands inside the sprawling Hope Presbyterian Church just east of Memphis. He says the last time he saw the mobile home he owned with his wife and two little boys, it was full of water.
Newt Gingrich, the 67-year-old former Republican House speaker, in an announcement on Twitter, said he intends to run for president of the United States.
No surprise: Gingrich's spokesman two days earlier had already announced that his boss was going to make it official, becoming only the third among a slew of would-be GOP candidates to issue an unqualified "I'm in" statement.
A singular figure, the thrice-married Gingrich has thrilled, disappointed and confounded supporters and critics alike since he left elective politics in 1999.