11:21am

Thu April 4, 2013
Long-Distance Thing

I Shaved My Back for This: The Story of a Desperate Roadtrip

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Local comedian Ryan Darling tells his roadtrip story

Local comedian Ryan Darling tells a story about his roadtrip to Bloomington, Indiana.  The trip turns into an odyssey filled with boredom, excitement, dangerous weather, a wedding, his ex-girlfriend, and hors d'oeuvres.  

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10:53am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Why Can Lance Armstrong Race At A Swim Meet?

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:27 am

Lance Armstrong warms up for the swimming leg of the 2011 Xterra World Championship triathlon in Kapalua, Hawaii (before he was banned from most competitions). This weekend, he'll swim in a Texas meet for masters swimmers.
Hugh Gentry Reuters /Landov

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. Armstrong Pulls Out:

After an objection was raised Thursday by FINA, swimming's international governing body, Lance Armstrong has withdrawn from a masters swim meet being held this weekend in Austin, Texas, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

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9:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
WUTC Event

Spring 2013 Phone Volunteer Luncheon

Spring 2013 Volunteer Luncheon
Credit LaWaunda January

WUTC's Spring 2013 Volunteer Luncheon at 212 Market Restaurant was a blast!

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9:07am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Lululemon's Product Chief To Depart; See-Through Pants Have Been A Problem

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 12:03 pm

Lululemon clothes at a store in Pasadena, Calif.
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Two weeks after being embarrassed by the news that some of its yoga pants were way too sheer, there's word from Lululemon that chief product officer Sheree Waterson will be leaving the company April 15.

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8:56am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Hillary Clinton's New Memoir To Cover Arab Spring, Killing Of Bin Laden

Former U.S. Secretary of State — and much-speculated about 2016 presidential candidate? — Hillary Clinton.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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8:46am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rise; Employment Report Likely To Show Slow Job Growth

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:24 am

Will there be more signs like this? An automotive service shop in El Cerrito, Calif., was looking for workers last month.
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There were 385,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 28,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The news follows Wednesday's report of slower-than-expected job growth in the private sector: The ADP National Employment Report estimated that businesses added just 158,000 jobs last month.

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8:18am

Thu April 4, 2013

7:40am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea Moves Missile, Threatens To Close Factories Used By South

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 2:02 pm

On Thursday, a South Korean security guard kept watch as South Korean trucks waited to enter the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea. For the second day, the North blocked the trucks and workers from the South from entering its territory.
Kim Hong-ji Reuters /Landov

Bear in mind that, as NPR's Louisa Lim has said, North Korea's regime is skilled at making threats. And fortunately, the most ominous of those threats have not been followed by action in recent decades.

With those caveats in mind, here are Thursday's developments in the latest round of provocative moves by the communist state. From Beijing, Louisa tells our Newscast Desk that:

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7:17am

Thu April 4, 2013
History

Cat From Middle Ages Leaves Mark On History

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Here's an old saying: Feed and love a dog, and the dog thinks you must be God. Feed and love a cat, and the cat thinks, hey, I must be God. A cat from the Middle Ages apparently demanded attention. A researcher was recently studying a manuscript from 1445 in Croatia, and that researcher discovered paw prints. Apparently, a scribe was working in 1445 when the cat stepped in ink, and then stood with all four paws on the work in progress. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:09am

Thu April 4, 2013
World

New Zealand Movie Goer Misses Featured Explosion

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

The action film "Jack Reacher" hit theaters in December, and it got some favorable reviews. But one New Zealand moviegoer didn't think it was action-packed enough. That's because the trailer featured an explosion that wasn't in the movie. Disappointed, the man complained to the Advertising Standards Authority. He said the explosion was one of the main reasons he went to see the flick in the first place. Paramount Pictures has now offered to refund the money for his ticket.

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