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2:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

When Flu Pandemics Hit, Closing Schools Can Slow Spread

Students at a University of London class in Mexico City wear masks to protect them against swine flu in May 2009. High schools and universities closed by the pandemic had just reopened across Mexico.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:46 am

Everyone knows that when your kids get the flu, they stay home from school.

But what does it take to justify closing the school down entirely? That's a question we should probably answer before the next big pandemic hits.

At one point during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "The potential benefits of preemptively dismissing students from school are often outweighed by negative consequences," such as disruption of classes and hassles for parents.

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Economy
2:19 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Mortgage Deal: A Reality Check

A member of the Occupy Wall Street movement places tape over a window of a foreclosed home during a march in the impoverished community of East New York in Brooklyn in December.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The $26 billion deal Thursday reached by the federal government, most states and the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners for abusive foreclosure practices was hailed as a landmark agreement. But it's unlikely to end the mortgage mess that has depressed property values and left millions of homeowners owing more than their homes are worth, analysts say.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

PepsiCo Says It Will Cut 8,700 Jobs Worldwide

Kandral McKenzie delivers Pepsi products in New York on Thursday.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 2:08 pm

PepsiCo, the maker of Pepsi soda and Doritos chips, said it will cut 8,700 jobs worldwide. That represents about 3 percent of its 300,000 person global work workforce.

The announcement also comes just after the company announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. The Financial Times reports that net income for the company rose 3 percent to $1.4 billion and revenues were up 11 percent to $20.1 billion.

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Winter Songs
2:01 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Winter Songs: Paul Simon, The Bard Of Bad Weather

Paul Simon.
Mark Seliger

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 1:22 pm

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Monkey See
1:55 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Liz Lemon: From Woman To Little Girl

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 7:21 am

The very first time we ever saw 30 Rock's Liz Lemon, she was standing in line at a hot dog cart when a man walked up, cut in line, and created chaos. Her response: She bought all the hot dogs on the cart and distributed them to the people who had waited in line — "the good people," she called them — before taking the leftovers to work with her. It was a ridiculous thing to do, but it was an example of her extreme efforts to create order from disorder. She just wanted everybody to behave so she could get a hot dog in peace.

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