Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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10:46am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's 'Mystery Monkey' Captured After Three Years On The Lam

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 11:21 am

The "mystery monkey," now known as Cornelius, while he was on the loose in 2010.
Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay Facebook page

The "mystery monkey" who had been on the loose in the Tampa Bay area for more than three years was captured Wednesday, our friends at WUSF report.

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8:50am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Fell By 23,000 Last Week; Orders For Durable Goods Rose

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:07 am

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Wash. Orders for aircraft drove the increase in demand for durable goods last month.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 23,000 last week from the week before, to 369,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Claims have bounced around in recent weeks, in part because of some changes in the way at least one state reports its figures.

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8:26am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Boom, Boom, Boom! 'Kung Fu Panda' Joins Elite Club With Three Homers

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval rounding the bases after one of his three home runs last night.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images
  • Tom Goldman on 'Morning Edition'

For those like us who can't stay up late to watch the World Series, here's a cheat sheet on what happened in Game 1 last night.

The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3, but the amazing part of the story is that for the second year in a row a player hit three home runs in one World Series game.

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7:59am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Colin Powell Endorses Obama Again

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on CBS This Morning earlier today.
CBSNews.com

Saying that "I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on" and that fellow Republican Mitt Romney has not "thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have," former secretary of state and retired Gen. Colin Powell this morning endorsed President Obama's re-election bid.

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7:43am

Thu October 25, 2012
The Two-Way

WWII Veteran Who Inspired Thousands With Deathbed Vote Has Died

Oct. 17: Frank Tanabe, center, casts his vote with help from his daughter Barbara Tanabe, left, and his wife Setsuko Tanabe.
Irene Tanabe AP

Frank Tanabe, the 93-year-old World War II veteran who wanted to cast one more vote and inspired thousands when a photo of him doing that from his deathbed went viral, has died.

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1:46pm

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's The List: 63 Barnes & Noble Stores Where Crooks Hacked PIN Pads

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:41 am

A Barnes & Noble store in San Bruno, Calif. It's on the list.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you shopped recently at 63 Barnes & Noble stores in nine states and used a credit or debit card there's a chance that thieves got hold of data about your accounts and your PIN.

As the company has announced:

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10:21am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Hit Fastest Pace In 2 1/2 years

A sign of the times at a building site in Ohio earlier this year.
John Kuntz The Plain Dealer /Landov

Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent in September from August and at an annual rate of 389,000 hit the fastest pace since April 2010, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

Sales were up 27.1 percent from September 2011.

Reuters calls the news "further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam."

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8:58am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

After Shark Kills Surfer, Central California Beach Closed

The beach is closed near Vandenberg Air Force Base after Tuesday's shark attack.
U.S. Air Force photo Reuters /Landov

Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base along California's central coast is closed after the death of a 39-year-old man who was attacked by a shark Tuesday while surfing.

The man's death came two years and a day after a shark killed a 19-year-old man along the same stretch of the coast.

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8:32am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Militants Quickly Claimed Responsibility For Benghazi Attack

A burned vehicle outside the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11 attack.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Reuters and Fox News have obtained copies of an email sent about two hours after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the White House, Pentagon and other agencies are told that the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia had "claimed responsibility."

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7:47am

Wed October 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Four-Day Truce Coming In Syria, U.N. Envoy Says

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:30 pm

In Aleppo, Syria, an opposition fighter shouted as he manned a position on Monday.
Fabio Bucciarelli AFP/Getty Images

Earlier ceasefire deals have quickly fallen apart in Syria this year, so this news should be viewed with some skepticism:

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