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3:36 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., Top 'Bikeable Cities' List

A cyclist rides on a bike lane on Prospect Park West, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bike lanes of this type use parked cars to create a buffer zone from road traffic.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 6:35 pm

The cyclists who participated in Friday's National Bike to Work Day likely planned their riding route with several criteria in mind, from convenience to safety. Those same concerns help determine how "bikeable" a town is, according to a new study by the Walk Score website. Among the factors: There's safety in numbers.

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Sports
3:22 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

A Look At Some Of Baseball's Key Players This Season

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:34 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Time for Major League Baseball. Now that the bats are really cracking, we're going to check in on how the teams and some key players are shaping up. We're joined now, as we are most Fridays, by sportswriter Stefan Fatsis. Hi, Stefan.

STEFAN FATSIS, BYLINE: Hey, Robert.

SIEGEL: Let's start with some breaking news. It was reported today that Kerry Wood, the hard-throwing Chicago Cubs pitcher, has decided to retire after 14 seasons.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:16 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Bail Granted For Indiana Woman Charged In Attempted Feticide

Bei Bei Shuai, seen in a file photo, was charged with murder in the Jan. 2, 2011, death of her 3-day-old daughter Angel Shuai, after eating rat poison.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. AP

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Bei Bei Shuai is a step closer to leaving jail for the first time since March 2011, when she was arrested for the murder of her 3-day-old daughter Angel.

The girl, who was delivered by cesarean section, died after Shuai's unsuccessful suicide attempt in December 2010, while she was pregnant.

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The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The 'Ring Of Fire': A Spectacular Solar Eclipse Is Coming This Sunday

An annular solar eclipse is seen over Myanmar on Jan. 15, 2010 as the moon crossed the sun's path, blocking everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.
Khin Maung Win AP

You lucky West Coast folks! A stunning solar eclipse will occur late Sunday afternoon, and people in the western U.S. will get the best views. Live on the East Coast? It's already going to be dark, so the only way we'll get to experience this is via webcam.

The event starts about 5:30 PM Pacific time and the maximum effect will occur about 6:30 PM, according to NASA.

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The Two-Way
3:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

On Two First-Class Seats, Olympic Torch Arrives In England

David Beckham holds the Olympic Flame as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose near Helston in Cornwall, England.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Flanked — literally and figuratively — by British royalty, the Olympic torch was flown from Greece to England, where it will begin a final 70-day journey before the 2012 London Olympics.

The Telegraph reports that after a rainy ceremony in Greece, the torch was taken aboard British Airways Flight 2012. The paper adds:

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It's All Politics
3:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Haven't Registered To Vote Yet? They're Coming For You

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:34 pm

If you're eligible to vote but aren't registered yet, watch out. They're coming to get you!

Campaigns, political parties and interest groups are all mounting massive voter registration campaigns this year to influence the outcome of the November elections.

The target is the millions of Americans — the Pew Center on the States estimates that number is 51 million — who are eligible to vote but not registered. The belief is that even a relative few of these voters could swing the election results.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:04 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 18, 2012

Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and pianist Gerald Moore in an undated recital rehearsal.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:51 am

  • This week has ended on a very sad note with the passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier today in Bavaria at age 86.
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It's All Politics
2:57 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

George W. Bush Will Return To The White House, Briefly

Former President George W. Bush, standing with President Obama, speaks about relief efforts in Haiti in January 2010.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 3:23 pm

Later this month, former President George W. Bush will make his first public visit to the White House in more than two years, reports The Dallas Morning News. He will be joined by his wife, Laura:

"[They will be] honored by President Barack Obama with the unveiling of their official portraits that will hang at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Around the Nation
2:36 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Will Population Shifts Alter Immigration Debate?

Hispanic residents walk by a law office in Union City, N.J., specializing in immigration in March. Union City is one of the state's largest cities, and has a Hispanic population of more than 80 percent.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling in June on Arizona's immigration law will set the blueprint for states where many officials say they face a crisis in trying to crack down on rising numbers of illegal residents.

Yet population changes and various research indicate that the great flow primarily of Latino illegal immigrants, which lasted at least two decades, ended several years ago.

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Energy
2:35 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

The U.S. oil boom has created a glut of crude in Cushing, Okla., a major oil storage hub. This sign dubs the city the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World."
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:34 pm

For years, Cushing, Okla., has been on the receiving end of a 500-mile pipeline funneling oil from the Gulf of Mexico to the American heartland.

Starting this weekend, that pipeline will start moving crude in the other direction. That flow reversal could soon have implications at gas pumps around the country.

"For 40 years, crude oil flowed north," says Philip Verleger, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Today, oil flows south. It's as if we turned the world upside down."

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