Business And Economics
1:49 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

In Manhattan, Preschool Interviews Induce Anxiety

Children play with blue foam building blocks at the Blue School in New York City on March 31. The Blue School is one of many competitive private preschools in Manhattan, founded by original members of the Blue Man Group so they could send their own children to a school that they felt supported creative offerings for their children.
Mark Lennihan AP

The value of preschool isn't a surprise to one group of people in America: Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool.

But before you can even pay the tuition, you have to get in. Competition for a spot at some of Manhattan's most coveted schools is fierce.

And one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the process for parents is the preschool interview.

'It's Like A Sport'

When you think preschool interview, it's hard not to imagine a job interview for babies. But that's not exactly how it works.

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1:08 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The Lone Star State Beginnings Of Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Education Agency Administrators' Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas, in 2001.
Deborah Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 4:32 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially make clear his intentions to run for the GOP presidential nomination during a speech on Saturday in South Carolina. But he has sounded like a candidate for a while.

"Until Washington figures out that the only true stimulus is more money in the hands of employers across all economic sectors, as well as a restrained bureaucracy that is no longer overreaching into the workplaces, our national nightmare will continue," he said in San Antonio this week.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Appeals Court Rejects Part Of Health Care Law

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled against the individual mandate contained in the new health care law, saying it is unconstitutional to require citizens to buy health insurance.

The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Debt 'Supercommittee' Members' Top Political Contributors Scrutinized

One day after the U.S. debt "supercommittee" was finalized, the largest political donors to Republicans and Democrats on the panel are being scrutinized — after all, lobbyists are widely expected to court the committee's 12 members, to ensure that their interests stay off the chopping block.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Fri August 12, 2011

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Health Care Law

A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favor of 26 states that filed suit to challenge a requirement in President Barack Obama's healthcare law that forced individuals to own health insurance. The law's "individual mandate" portion was declared unconstitutional, according to Reuters.

The court has apparently ruled that the remainder of the law, without the individual mandate, can stand, Reuters reports.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:30 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Regulators Grapple With Outbreaks As Salmonella, E. Coli Illnesses Grow

Ground turkey packages like this one are part of a nationwide recall and are blamed for sickening 107 people so far.

It's been another tough week for food safety.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Former Boston, New York Police Chief In Talks For Scotland Yard Job

William Bratton, who has been the police chief in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, told the AP today that he was in talks with the British government about a job. The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Woman Dies One Month After Being Hit By Cyclist In San Francisco

A woman who had been hospitalized since being struck by a cyclist in San Francisco last month died Thursday, opening the question of what charges, if any, might be filed against the cyclist. Dionette Cherney, a Washington, D.C., resident in her late 60s, suffered a head injury in the crash, from which she did not recover.

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The Picture Show
10:21 am
Fri August 12, 2011

German Exhibit Reveals Secret Spy Photos

Staged photos re-create Stasi agents dressed in various disguises, ranging from a Russian mafioso to the casual middle-aged man to a tourist with cameras.
Simon Menner

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:33 am

The Stasi, or East German secret police, were notorious as one of the most repressive and feared institutions of the East German Communist government — and they left behind an unsettling record. Images include Stasi agents in various disguises as they participated in training in the "art of disguise." Without any context, they are almost amusing. But, as photographer Simon Menner writes, the photos "document the repressive measures taken by a totalitarian state in order to create terror and fear among the population."

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10:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Barbershop: Can Super Committee Save Sour Economy?

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Super Committee picks, TBS' cancellation of George Lopez's show and the 25th anniversary of the film "She's Gotta Have It." Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and reporter Gautham Nagesh.