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  • Ann Romney Takes Center Stage In Tug Of War For Female Voters
    President Obama, like Democrats before him, has an advantage with female voters. GOP rival Mitt Romney is trying to close that gender gap by using his most powerful and popular surrogate: his wife.
  • Working Moms' Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care
    The past week's political firestorm has focused on stay-at-home moms. But more than 70 percent of women with young children now work. And they're hoping the presidential candidates address some of the challenges they face balancing a job with kids.
  • As Workers Age, Oil Industry Braces For Skills Gap
    Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one issue has received little attention: the oil industry faces a shortage of experienced workers. Some analysts are concerned more inexperienced workers could compromise safety, but the industry says training is more rigorous than ever.
  • Italian Critics Don't 'Love' Allen's Roman Holiday
    After shooting in London, Barcelona and Paris, Woody Allen set his latest film, To Rome With Love, in, yes, Rome. The just-released Italian-language version fell flat with Italian critics, who call it superficial, banal and full of stereotypes. The American version comes out in June.
  • Murdoch's News Corp. Faces New Legal Threats
    Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division is accused of phone hacking and bribing police officers. That scandal has already cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. Now News Corp. is fending off media reports that a specialized unit engaged in industrial espionage on behalf of the company's global satellite and cable TV operations.
  • Examining Coverage Of The Trayvon Martin Case
    Steve Inskeep talks to Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, about how media outlets are emphasizing different aspects of the Trayvon Martin story to grab the attention of particular audiences. Martin is the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.
  • Sales Of New Nokia Phone Are Mixed
    Nokia gave its new Lumia smartphone a splashy launch this month. The phone runs on a new Microsoft operating system and is a key part of the Finnish company's efforts to regain market share. But on Thursday, Nokia admitted that its new phone isn't connecting with consumers.
  • Federal Reserve Delays Enforcement of Volcker Rule
    The Federal Reserve and other banking regulators have granted banks a two-year grace period to come into compliance with the Volcker Rule. That's one of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill passed nearly two years ago. It restricts U.S. banks from making trades that put the bank and depositor funds at risk. But regulators are struggling to iron out the details of those rules.
  • Google, Oracle Locked In High-Stakes Patent Battle
    Two billionaires took the stand this week — both named Larry. Google's Larry Page and Oracle's Larry Ellison have very different styles and personalities. And that came across in court.
  • Starbucks Changes Dye In Strawberry Drink
    Vegetarians and others were highly distressed after finding out that Starbucks uses a red coloring in some of its drinks that's made from crushed bugs. An online protest campaign delivered thousands of angry emails to Starbucks headquarters.

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