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10:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Book News: What Are The World's Best New Novels? Libraries Weigh In

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 5:01 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says

This Sept. 5, 2012, photo released by Harvard University shows the papyrus fragment.
Karen L. King AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:56 am

A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the Harvard Theological Review.

The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity Karen L. King.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop To Near 7-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:50 am

There were 300,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, the fewest since mid-May 2007, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday.

Claims were down 32,000 from the week before, the agency adds.

Reuters says the news "could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring."

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Story Flips: Burger King Says It Isn't Moving Into Crimea

A Burger King restaurant in Moscow. The company's Russian arm says it will extend its reach into Crimea.
Zurab Dzhavakhadze ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:38 am

We updated this post with a major development at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Reports that Burger King is looking to open restaurants in Crimea now that McDonald's has decided to pull out of that region were overcooked, a Burger King spokesman says.

Responding to the stories that we saw across the news media and posted about earlier today, Burger King spokesperson Bryson Thornton emailed to say that "neither Burger King Worldwide, nor any of its franchisees, have plans to open Burger King restaurants in Crimea."

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Code Switch
9:49 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine

LBJ meets with Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall just before announcing his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:04 pm

This week, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, is holding a major conference on civil rights. It's a big deal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act. The legacy of the landmark legislation is as significant and complicated as that of the late president himself, who cajoled, cornered and courted lawmakers to approve the bill.

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The Protojournalist
9:49 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Truth-Seeking In The Age Of Speculation

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:38 am

The marvel-filled Information Age is also turning out to be the muddled-up Epoch of Conjecture. The Era of Error.

Seemingly, we know everything. What is not in Wikipedia can be found through Google. And what Google can't scrape up, the National Security Agency — or international hackers — can. Through crowdsourcing, we can solve crimes and answer questions.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:48 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Why Do 202,586 People Want To Leave Our Planet For Mars?

This Viking 1 orbiter image shows the rocky surface and thin atmosphere of Mars.
NASA

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:11 am

"You could say that most people would rather lose a leg than live the rest of their life on a cold, hostile planet, having said goodbye to friends and family forever, the best possible video call suffering from a seven minute delay—one way."

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

New Ping In Search For Flight 370 Boosts Hopes Of Finding Jet

A Republic of Korea P-3 Orion aircraft takes off from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet near Perth late last month.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:27 am

An Australian plane detected yet another possible signal from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday, as searchers said they were feeling more confident that the aircraft's flight-data recorder ultimately would be found.

Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search off Australia's west coast, says an Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sonar buoys in the search area, picked up a possible signal that may have come from a manmade source.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

John Hancock On Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Backside Is Historic Mistake

That John Hancock on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' back caught some eyes.
Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:18 am

While the signature wasn't the first thing we noticed, it has not escaped the attention of history buffs that there's something wrong with the temporary tattoo that actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus sports on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Notice the signature at the bottom of what's supposed to be the Constitution?

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show'

Stephen Colbert: He's moving on up, from basic cable to the big time.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:38 am

Breaking news on CBS-TV's Twitter feed:

"Stephen Colbert to be next host of 'The Late Show'...press release coming"

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Will I Survive, Or Will I Die?' Stabbing Survivor Wondered

Brett Hurt, 16, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., and a victim of the stabbings there Wednesday, talks with reporters about what happened. With him is his mother, Amanda Hurt, and some of the doctors at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:37 am

As he bled from a stab wound to his back Wednesday morning, the first thoughts that went through his mind were "will I survive, or will I die?" one of the high school students injured Wednesday in Murrysville, Pa., told reporters Thursday.

Brett Hurt was among the first of more than 20 people (most of them students) injured when a young man wielding two steak knives began stabbing and slashing at other teens.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Lost In Translation: French Rule On Work Email Covers Fewer Workers

She can now enjoy the view instead.
Laurent Delhourme iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 10:48 am

We updated this post with a major development at 1:26 p.m. ET. Friday

Reports that an agreement between French unions and the consulting and tech industries would force 1 million workers to turn off their phones after 6 p.m. turns out to be exaggerated.

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Economy
9:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms

Pedestrians walk by the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C., site of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:58 am

Let the senior-citizen tourists stare at the fluffy pink cherry blossoms.

Let the Midwestern seventh-graders tilt their heads back and gaze gape-mouthed at the Washington Monument.

Sure, this is a lovely week for them to be in Washington, D.C. It's April. It's gorgeous.

But no one is happier to be here this week than the wonks. And no, not the I-read-a-good-article-in-The-Economist wonk wannabes.

This week is for the true, serious wonks who just can't get enough of lecture halls, hearing rooms and soggy hors d'oeuvres.

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The Salt
9:31 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands?

Arun Venugopal hand-ate in public for the first time in March.
WYNC

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 10:42 am

My wife Meera and I often have non-Indian guests over for dinner – typically a sumptuous Indian meal that she makes.

Everyone digs into their rice and daal, hariyali chicken and prawn curry with silverware. Then my daughter clears her throat and quietly asks if she can please just eat with her hands.

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Shots - Health News
3:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Not nice: A gut-eating amoeba (green) nibbles on a live human cell (purple) under the microscope. The parasite chews on the cell before killing and discarding it.
Courtesy of Katy Ralston

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:26 pm

Most of us have heard of the brain-eating amoeba. You know, the little guy that crops up in neti pots and backyard swimming holes every now and then.

Now let me introduce you to its cousin: the gut-eating amoeba.

This nasty critter can wreak havoc in your intestinal tract and cause a dreadful case of food poisoning that may last months or years.

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