11:25am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Can You Hear Me Now? A Lighter Look At NSA Snooping

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:50 am

As news broke about the NSA collecting telephone records through Verizon, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions. As an experiment, NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin asked his followers to respond to the hashtag #CallsTheNSAKnowsAbout. Their responses ranged from the hilarious to the poignant.

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10:39am

Thu June 6, 2013
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Montgomery is losing its longtime deputy mayor to another Alabama city.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports Deputy Mayor Jeff Downes is stepping down to accept the job as city manger of Vestavia Hills, a suburban community located near Birmingham.  Downes' last day on the job will be July 3rd. 

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty

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10:31am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Microsoft, FBI Say They've Disrupted $500 Million Botnet

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 12:11 pm

Buttons with the Microsoft logo are seen at a Comp USA store in 2007.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Working jointly with the FBI, Microsoft says it has disrupted a botnet responsible for stealing more than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide.

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10:25am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Michelle Obama's Face-To-Face With A Heckler

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:36 am

The first lady was confronted by a heckler at a private event in Washington on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

CNN has video that lets you see and hear some of what it was like Tuesday night when first lady Michelle Obama confronted a heckler who had interrupted her during a Democratic fundraiser at a home in Washington, D.C.

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10:20am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Koreas Agree To First High-Level Talks In Years

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:58 am

Cars drive past barricades on the road linking North Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex at a military checkpoint in Paju, near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, on Thursday.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

It's too early to tell whether North Korea's offer on Thursday of talks with the South — potentially the first such dialogue in years — is more than just another negotiating tactic.

But Seoul readily accepted the offer, and though Pyongyang said the agenda should be discussing the reopening of the jointly run Kaesong factory complex inside North Korea, it left the door open for the possibility of broader negotiations.

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10:02am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleanup Begins As Death Toll In Philadelphia Remains At 6

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:41 am

Rescue workers converged Wednesday on the site of a building collapse in Philadelphia. At least six people were reportedly killed and an additional 14 injured.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters /Landov

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET. Still A Rescue Operation:

Although reports earlier this morning signaled that efforts at the scene of a building collapse in Philadelphia had turned from rescue to recovery and cleanup, city officials just told reporters that they're still looking for possible survivors.

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9:51am

Thu June 6, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

An Update From Barbara

Two weeks ago, I wrote here about my new cancer diagnosis and my upcoming robot-assisted surgery.

The surgery occurred as planned on May 24; after a single rough night in the hospital, I went home and my recovery has proceeded completely on track (with the usual ups and downs after a 6-hour operation).

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9:04am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Ahead Of Key Report, 2 Modestly Positive Signs On Jobs

The scene at a career fair in San Francisco on May 30.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The number of first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 11,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports. There were 346,000 such applications.

While on the positive side, the figure is still in line with the recent trend. Since late 2011, claims have basically stayed in a range from the mid-300,000s to just under 400,000.

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8:59am

Thu June 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 8:26 am

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins contested criticism that researchers running a study of premature infants didn't adequately advise parents about the risks.
Charles Dharapak AP

The chief of the National Institutes of Health is disavowing a ruling from the government office that oversees the ethics of human research.

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8:56am

Thu June 6, 2013
Parallels

From The Sky, A View Of Spain's Boom And Bust

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 2:01 pm

A screengrab of a satellite image of Cordoba, Spain, in 2004 (left) and 2011.
Satellite images via Google Earth and Nación Rotonda

Like the U.S. and many other Western countries, Spain's building boom in the previous decade was a major factor in its economic implosion. And now a trio of civil engineers in Spain has created a website that offers a dramatic before-and-after view of the country's construction bubble.

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