3:34pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Business

Airport Suites Offer Travelers A Place To Nap On The Fly

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:44 pm

Minute Suite's 7-by-8-feet rooms offer Wi-Fi, a sofa bed, a television and a workspace. One traveler compared the small spaces to having an MRI done, but others say the idea is overdue at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Courtesy of Minute Suites

When there's a big snowstorm or a plane has mechanical problems, airports often turn into uncomfortable holding pens, with people scrunched in chairs, lying on floors, filling up restaurants and otherwise trying to find something to do.

That's actually good news for one company. Minute Suites is building tiny airport retreats across the country. The suites are already operating in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Next up are Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

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3:29pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Asia

How Do I Love Thee? Japanese Husbands Shout The Ways

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:44 pm

A man shouts his love at an event in Tokyo on Jan. 29. The event comes two days ahead of Beloved Wives Day, a day on which husbands publicly scream their love for their wives before a crowd of onlookers. Husbands are also urged to head home early to express gratitude to their wives.
Kiyoshi Ota EPA /Landov

Standing in front of a giant heart made of pink tulips, businessman Yoshiharu Nishiguchi tells his wife — along with a bank of TV cameras and curious bystanders — that he is utterly devoted to her.

"Rieko, I love you!" he screams, before yielding the spotlight to the next nervous husband.

"Miwa!" the man belts out, "I love you!"

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3:20pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:44 pm

Jim James' solo debut is titled Regions of Light and Sound of God.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

3:02pm

Wed February 13, 2013
It's All Politics

How Rubio Spins The Bottle Could Matter Most. Just Ask Bill Clinton

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:46 pm

In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
AP

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's off-script, thirst-quenching moment during his rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night was the gulp heard 'round the world.

Or at least in Twitter World, the place where the trivial goes not to die, but to flourish.

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3:01pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Pope Benedict XVI Receives Standing Ovation

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Ash Wednesday service at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance since he surprised the world by announcing his resignation.

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2:42pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Latin America

Hungry For Energy, Brazil Builds Monster Dams In The Amazon

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:44 pm

Construction continues at the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin in June 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project, and will displace up to 20,000 people living near the Xingu River.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Already Latin America's biggest economy, Brazil envisions a future requiring massive amounts of electrical power for its expanding industries and growing cities.

The response has been a construction boom that will install dozens of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon — and that's generating plenty of controversy, particularly from environmentalists.

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2:27pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Ohio School Will Go To Court Over A Portrait Of Jesus

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:37 pm

The Jesus portrait that hangs inside an Ohio middle school.
10TV

A constitutional fight is now in play in Jackson, Ohio: The city's school district decided, Tuesday night, that it would fight the American Civil Liberties Union in court over a 66-year-old portrait of Jesus that hangs in the hallway of a middle school.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

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1:52pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Economy

Obama's Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

Wendy Brown of Schenectady, N.Y., holds a sign before an Occupy Albany rally pushing for a raise in New York's minimum wage on May 29, 2012.
Mike Groll AP

So maybe the Great Recession really is over.

After more than five years of recession and painfully slow recovery, President Obama has sent a powerful signal that he thinks the U.S. economy is now in much better shape — good enough, at least, to provide workers with raises.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama called upon Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015, up from the current $7.25. The wage would rise in steps, and after hitting the maximum in two years, would thereafter be indexed to inflation.

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1:50pm

Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Fear Of Cantaloupes and Crumpets? A 'Phobia' Rises From The Web

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 12:40 pm

Seeds of fear? To most of us, cantaloupe and horn melon look like a healthy breakfast or snack. But the clusters of seeds can evoke anxiety, nervousness and even nausea for some trypophobes.
Daniel M. N. Turner NPR

Four years ago, my husband revealed one of his more peculiar qualities: He's freaked out by the sight of sliced cantaloupe.

The melon seeds, all clustered together, make his skin itch and his stomach churn. Then he gets obsessed and can't stop talking about it.

A bit concerned by his behavior, I started researching it on the Web. Boy, was I in for a treat. My husband was not alone.

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1:49pm

Wed February 13, 2013
World Cafe

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:51 am

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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