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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7:08am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaida's 'Leading Propagandist'

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:59 pm

Abu Yahya al-Libi in an October 2011 video obtained by the watchdog group IntelCenter.
AFP/Getty Images

The man described as al-Qaida's "leading propagandist" and the No. 2 leader in that terrorist organization was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, NPR, CNN and The Associated Press say they've been told by "a U.S. official."

That word came around 1:40 p.m. ET.

Our original post. Reports: Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaida's 'Leading Propagandist'

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1:58pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

'Cricket Comes First,' India's Tendulkar Says After Joining Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:19 pm

Sachin Tendulkar kisses his helmet after scoring his 100th century (100 runs) in a March match against Bangladesh.
Munir uz Zaman AFP/Getty Images

Since we've followed cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar's heroics on the pitch, we should note that he's now a member of India's upper house of parliament.

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12:39pm

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Prince Philip Hospitalized As Precaution, Diamond Jubilee Festivities Continue

On Saturday, Prince Philip was at the second day of the Epsom Derby horse racing festival.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, has been taken to a London hospital to be treated for a bladder infection, the BBC and other news outlets are reporting.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 90, has been admitted as a "precautionary measure" and will likely be in the hospital for a few days, a "palace spokesman" tells the BBC.

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11:54am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Latest Sign Of Slowing: Factory Orders Fell In April

The word from the Census Bureau that orders for manufactured goods fell 0.6 percent in April from March — the second straight monthly decline — is in line with other reports that signal the economy "may suffer a swoon yet not slip into a recession," Bloomberg News writes.

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11:14am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Suspect Arrested In Canadian Body Parts Case

"Canadian murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta has been arrested in Berlin, German police tell CBC News."

The Associated Press says it's been told the same thing by a Canadian official.

As we've previously reported, Montreal Police had issued a warrant for the gay porn star.

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11:00am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

As Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun, Here's How To Safely Watch

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:53 pm

Safety over style: In 2006, a Palestinian man and boy were careful to protect their eyes while watching a partial eclipse of the sun. The same cautions are in order for Venus' transit of the sun on Tuesday.
Saif Dahlah AFP/Getty Images

DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN.

Is that clear enough?

As we looked this morning for good guides about how to safely watch on Tuesday as Venus passes across the face of the sun, there was no escaping the stern warnings about what NOT to do.

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Mon June 4, 2012

8:32am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Tiger Woods' Incredible Chip: You Can Do It Too (Yeah, Right)

And then he roared: Tiger Woods celebrating after his chip-in at the 16th hole Sunday in the Memorial Tournament.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

If you haven't seen it by now, check out the chip shot that Tiger Woods rolled into the cup Sunday on the 16th hole at the Memorial Tournament. It put him on the way to winning the tournament.

According to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, it was "the gutsiest and best shot I've ever seen in my life."

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7:51am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

George Zimmerman Back In Jail; Attorney Preparing New Bond Motion

A handout composite provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, showing George Zimmerman in new mugshot photos.
Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Getty Images

As ordered by a judge on Friday, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has turned himself into authorities and is back in a Sanford, Fla., jail.

Now, as the Orlando Sentinel reports, Zimmerman's attorney is preparing a request that he again be released on bond.

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7:20am

Mon June 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Update: Witnesses Say Plane Almost Hit Nigerian Hospital

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 8:19 am

A picture taken with a photo camera shows residents of the Iju district of Lagos, Nigeria, gathering at the site where a Dana Air jet crashed into a neighborhood on Sunday.
AFP/Getty Images

There's some new reporting to pass along about Sunday's crash of an airliner in Lagos, Nigeria, which killed more than 150 people on board and a still unknown number of people on the ground:

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