Europe
5:26 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

The Mood Shifts For Russia's Putin In His Hometown

With the Russian presidential election set for next month, the heavily favored candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, visited the election center last week as it prepared for the polls.
Yana Lapikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 5:53 am

Even in the dead of winter, the Russian city of St. Petersburg, with its church spires, palaces and waterways, is one of the world's truly beautiful cities. It was here that the Russian revolution began, and it's here where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev cut their teeth politically.

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Book Reviews
2:47 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

S'il-Vous-Plait: Raising Your 'Bebe' The French Way

Barnesandnoble.com

When her first child was born, Pamela Druckerman expected to spend the next several years frantically meeting her daughter's demands. In the U.S., after all, mealtimes, living rooms and sleep schedules typically turn to chaos as soon as a baby arrives. That's the reason one friend of mine used to refer to his child as a "destroying angel."

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It's All Politics
1:31 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Obama Hits Romney, GOP Congress On Housing (Without Naming Them)

President Obama holds a proposed mortgage application in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
Cliff Owen AP

When President Obama on Wednesday said at an event to promote an administration proposal to help pinched homeowners: "But it is wrong for anybody to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom," he clearly had someone in mind.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

American Airlines Plans To Cut 12,000 To 14,000 Jobs

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

After it filed for bankruptcy protection last November, you knew something like this was probably coming from American Airlines:

The company said today it is looking to cut 12,000 to 14,000 jobs — as much as 16 percent of its current 88,000-strong workforce.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:01 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Massage Eases Inflammation In Worn-Out Muscles

They might welcome a massage, come Sunday. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and teammates train for this weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Elise Amendola AP

Super Bowl players and weekend jocks routinely head for the massage table after competition, figuring it helps reduce muscle soreness.

That search for relief has been more out of hope than based in fact.

But scientists now say that massage reduces inflammation caused by exercise, making a rubdown nature's answer to Advil.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dozens Killed In Riot After Egyptian Soccer Match

Flares were thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said.
AFP/Getty Images
(The death toll and injured figures were updated at 3:20 p.m. ET.)

There are reports of more than 70 people being killed today and around 1,000 injured during a melee following a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.

The Associated Press writes that Egypt's health ministry says "at least 73 people" died. Reuters reports that many more were injured, according to officials. Al-Jazeera writes that:

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Albatross That Hitchhiked To L.A. Is Freed To Fly Home To Hawaii

The Laysan Albatross at International Bird Rescue's Los Angeles Wildlife Center.
International Bird Rescue

After a wild ride from Hawaii to the streets of Los Angeles, a Laysan albatross was freed today. The bird, with a white body, black wings and a curved yellow beak, was spotted in Los Angeles on the back of a pickup truck.

An albatross is not something you see every day. They are some of largest flying birds on Earth and this one in particular had an almost 7-foot wingspan.

So, how did this bird end up thousands of miles from home?

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Freddie Mac's Conflict Is 'Unsavory,' 'Shocking,' 'Stunning,' Key Senators Say

Two senators who have taken the lead on legislation aimed to help homeowners refinance at historically low interest rates were blunt this morning about how concerned they are by the news NPR reported earlier this week that Freddie Mac "has placed multibillion-dollar bets against American homeowners being able to refinance to cheaper mortgages."

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The Salt
11:20 am
Wed February 1, 2012

What Heals The World? Soup, Made By Moms

Haechangkuk, a Korean homestyle soup made with beef broth and bean sprouts, is a favorite hangover cure.
John Rose NPR

Last month I fell ill with a wretched cough. The doctor said I would get better with time, but I craved food that would sustain me on my slow plod back to health. My mom was 3,000 miles away, unable to feed me the chicken soup and Saltines of my youth.

But I found a good substitute: The kimchi soup at a restaurant just around the corner from NPR. Even though this soup has a fiery kick unheard of in the Midwestern fare of my childhood, it was simple, bracing and comforting: just the thing to heal the sick.

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It's All Politics
10:54 am
Wed February 1, 2012

In Vegas, Political Race Is Just Another Sport To The Oddsmakers

Mitt Romney arrives in Nevada on Wednesday with more than the favor of Florida voters — the oddsmakers in Vegas like his chances, too. The online sports book Bovada has him as the favorite to win the GOP nomination at 1-15.

That means if you bet $15 on a Romney nomination, you'd only get $1 back if it happened. Before the Florida primary, Romney was at 1-9. Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, slipped from 6-1 odds Monday; he now stands at 9-1.

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