8:51am

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia May Soon Let Snowden Leave Airport

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:33 am

Edward Snowden, center, at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on July 12. At left is WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison.
Courtesy of Human Rights Watch

Nothing about where "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden may go next ever seems to be certain. Remember the flurry of excitement about that Aeroflot flight he was supposedly on (but wasn't)?

So it is with a large grain of salt that we pass along these reports:

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8:18am

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:57 pm

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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8:13am

Wed July 24, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

Who Does A Better Wave? Sports Fans Or Hippos?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:43 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

Professor William Barklow was on vacation when this happened. He was in Tanzania sitting on a river bank gazing about, when all of a sudden a hippopotamus pushed its head out of the river right in front of him, opened its huge mouth and bellowed.

It was really loud. Barklow could feel sound waves hitting his chest, his neck; he could hear the cry echoing along the riverbank. He knew next to nothing about hippos being himself a bird man, a specialist on the North American loon, but he was intrigued by what happened next.

Hippo Chorusing

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7:12am

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:25 am

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images
  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.

7:06am

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On 'Fight Club' Sequel

Chuck Palahniuk rides the Paris subway on Sept. 29, 2006.
Christophe Ena AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:06am

Wed July 24, 2013
Economy

As Obama Renews Jobs Push, How Is The Economy Doing?

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:35 am

Workers line up pipe while drilling for oil outside Watford City, N.D. While the energy sector has been strong, millions of Americans have been out of work since the recession ended.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The U.S. economy has been growing for four straight years — each under the leadership of President Obama.

But the pace of improvement has been disappointing to many, especially the nearly 12 million people still looking for work.

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6:51am

Wed July 24, 2013
Business

Daimler Profits Rev Up In Second Quarter

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with fancy cars revving up.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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5:55am

Wed July 24, 2013
Business

Apple's iPhone Sales Up, But Profits Down

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Apple sold more iPhones than expected last quarter, though its profits are down compared to last year. Still, in a quarter were other tech companies aren't meeting expectations, some analyst's say Apple isn't doing too badly.

NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Apple's revenue was pretty much flat, at a little over 35 billion, and its profits were down nearly two billion. Despite a rise in iPhone sales, Samsung is still selling more smartphones.

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5:48am

Wed July 24, 2013
Politics

Hearing Gives Insight Into House Immigration Plans

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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5:48am

Wed July 24, 2013
Politics

Weiner Says He Won't Leave New York Mayor's Race

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

It didn't seem possible, but this year's elections in New York City keep getting more unusual. A couple of weeks ago, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer launched a campaign for city comptroller. It's his first run since resigning after a prostitution scandal.

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