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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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  • U.S. Wallet Closed As IMF Seeks To Build Crisis Fund
    At a news conference kicking off the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she wants to secure at least $400 billion for a special crisis fund for Europe. Thus far, the U.S. has chosen not to contribute.
  • Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?
    Last month, a Washington, D.C. subway station was plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them said: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill.
  • TV Goes To The Dogs At Home Alone
    An entity called "DOGTV" launched online in California two months ago and has plans for national distribution. The advertising-free programming is aimed at stay-at-home dogs whose out-to-work masters fret about the separation anxiety their pets suffer, and the trouble they get into, when left unattended for long stretches of time.
  • India Tests Long-Range Missile Launch
    India successfully tested a long-range missile Thursday. The rocket is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as far away as Beijing, and is seen as part of India's nuclear deterrent against the Chinese.
  • Vatican Criticizes Nuns' Stance On Social Issues
    The Vatican has reprimanded the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, saying the group has "serious doctrinal problems." The Vatican assigned an archbishop to reform the conference. The group has taken controversial stances on issues including health care and gender matters. Melissa Block speaks with Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobbying group which works closely with the LCWR.
  • Your Salad: A Search For Where The Wild Things Were
    Tracing the source of contamination in fresh foods grown in the ground is hard work, and companies spend a lot of money trying to keep Salmonella and other bugs out while allowing nature to run its course. But it's not easy.
  • A Century Of Joy And Heartbreak At Fenway Park
    The nation's oldest ballpark is turning 100. Boston's Fenway Park has been home to the Red Sox through some of baseball's greatest highs and most heartbreaking lows. It may be an act of the baseball gods that the park narrowly escaped the fate of similar old stadiums that were torn down.
  • Romney, Obama Give Dueling Speeches In Ohio
    Mitt Romney spoke at a shuttered factory in Lorain County, Ohio, Thursday. He was giving a response to President Obama, who spoke in the same county a day before. Romney blamed the president for failing to turn around the economy and re-open the factory. Ari Shapiro tells Melissa Block Ohio is once again expected to be a battleground state.
  • Conservative Group's Charity Status Draws Questions
    The American Legislative Exchange Council is the group behind voter ID and "stand your ground" laws adopted around the country. But it's a charity under the tax code — and its donors get a tax write-off for their contributions. ALEC says it does no lobbying, but its critics are pushing back.
  • Pants Trend Makes A Red-Hot Statement
    What is up with all the red pants lately? Audie Cornish turns to Nick Sullivan, fashion director of Esquire Magazine, to find out. Sullivan confirms that red pants are a trend, with roots in the day outfits worn by members of the New York Yacht club.

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