Movies
9:59 am
Tue January 24, 2012

'Hugo,' 'The Artist' Lead Oscar Nominations

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and leading the pack with 11 nominations is the 3D movie "Hugo." It's about a Paris street urchin who befriends one of the inventors of cinema. "Hugo" was nominated for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay, among others. NPR's Neda Ulaby joins us to talk about the Oscar nominations, and good morning.

NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: What else was nominated for best picture?

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Gulf Arab States Pull Monitors From Syria, Will Ask UN For Support

A Syrian boy stands in front of a damaged armored vehicle belonging to the Syrian army in a street in Homs on Monday.
Ahmed Jadallah Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:13 am

A day after Syria roundly rejected an Arab League proposal that it hoped would end the violence in the country, the Gulf Cooperation Council said it was ending its monitoring mission in the country.

The Arab League, which has a few monitors of its own in the country, said its monitors would remain, if Syria is OK with it.

The Telegraph reports:

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Scorsese's 'Hugo' Leads The Oscars With 11 Nominations

In the movie "Hugo," abandoned by an alcoholic uncle after the death of his father, Hugo services the train station tower clock by day and sleeps in it by night.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

The Academy Awards announced this morning that Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a film about the adventure of an orphan in 1930s Paris, was nominated for 11 Oscars, including best picture and best director.

The mostly silent film "The Artist" came in second with 10 nominations.

The AP reports:

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Business & Technology
8:46 am
Tue January 24, 2012

91-Turbine Wind Farm Approved for Ohio

Lucas County Choppers

The state board that certifies construction plans for new energy facilities has approved an agreement that authorizes a 91-turbine wind farm in north-central Ohio.

The agreement approved Monday by the Ohio Power Siting Board allows Black Fork Wind Energy to construct the farm on 14,800 acres along the Crawford and Richland county line. The board says the company plans to begin construction in March and be operating by December.

Officials say the farm will be capable of generating 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power tens of thousands of homes.

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Nature
8:45 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: January 24 - 30, 2012

Flickr creative commons user MIicala

Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Late Winter.

The weather may or may not shift toward April during this week of the year, but my daybook of events in nature from the past decades tells a clear story of the season's motion.

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Around the Miami Valley
8:42 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Standard Register to Shed Jobs in Restructuring

DAYTON— Standard Register says a planned restructuring will mean the loss of about 12 percent to 15 percent of its work force over the next six to nine months.  The announcement came yesterday and the company says the restructuring should mean an estimated $45 million in annual savings.

But the moves are expected to cut expected revenues for the fourth qtr 2011 by approximately $5.5 million,and another $1.5 million in the first qtr. of 2012.

The company has about 614 Dayton workers.

Business & Technology
8:38 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Ohio Teams with Monster for Jobseekers' App

Sean MacEntee

A new mobile application from the state of Ohio allows jobseekers to search and apply for jobs using an iPhone, iPad or Android.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the free OhioMeansJobs app on Monday, saying it allows users to search tens of thousands of job openings and internships using a job title, keyword or location.

The app combines state of Ohio data with search and filter tools from Monster.

The Two-Way
8:30 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Obama Advisor Plouffe: Expect A State Of The Union Heavy On The Economy

White House advisor David Plouffe.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 9:03 am

Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Mitt Romney's Tax Returns Show $43 Million Income In Past Two Years

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, seen at a weekend campaign event in Ormond Beach, Fla., released 2010 tax returns showing he is among the top 1 percent of taxpayers.
Charles Dharapak AP

In releasing details of his tax burden for the past two years, Mitt Romney offered a small window into a vast wealth. The tax records show that the former Massachusetts governor made $42.6 million over the past two years and because most of it came from capital gains, he paid $6.2 million in taxes.

That means that in 2010, his tax rate was 13.9 percent, and in 2011, it's expected to be 15.4 percent, lower than many Americans who pay taxes on wages.

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Around the Nation
7:10 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Disney Alters Facial Hair Policy At U.S. Theme Parks

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. At Disneyland and Disney World, everyone working there has a clean-cut image. It goes back to the 1950s, when Disneyland first opened and facial hair was banned. Even though Uncle Walt Disney had one, moustaches weren't even allowed until 2000. But starting next month, employees will finally be allowed to have beards, as long as they're kept short and trim, unless maybe you're one of the seven dwarves. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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