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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8:25am

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Not Clear Yet Why Death Toll In Afghan Killings Has Risen To 17

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an August 2011 training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

Along with the word that U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be formally charged with murder today for the deaths of unarmed Afghan men, women and children on March 11, was the news that the death toll had grown to 17. Until Thursday afternoon, U.S. military officials had consistently said that 16 people were killed.

As The Associated Press has reported, officials made the change without offering a public explanation for it.

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7:55am

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan State Is First No. 1 Seed To Be Bounced

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 8:01 am

Chane Behanan of the Louisville Cardinals during Thursday's victory over Michigan State.
Jamie Squire Getty Images
  • Mike Pesca on 'Morning Edition'

Tough defense by Louisville led to the defeat Thursday night of Michigan State in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, NPR's Mike Pesca said earlier on Morning Edition.

The Spartans, who lost to Louisville 57-44, are the first of the four No. 1 regional seeds to be sent home.

Syracuse, another No. 1 seed, managed to hang on with a 64-63 win over Wisconsin. In Thursday's other two games, Florida beat Marquette 68-58 and Ohio State thumped Cincinnati, 81-66.

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7:30am

Fri March 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Trayvon Martin Was 'Typical Teen,' George Zimmerman Is Hard To Categorize

A memorial to Trayvon Martin sits outside The Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford, Fla., where the teenager was shot and killed by George Michael Zimmerman.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

Trayvon Martin was "a typical teenager who would end up in a casket, buried in white suit with a powder blue vest," the Miami Herald writes.

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3:45pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Cat Falls 19 Floors, Lands Purrfectly

Sugar, after her fall.
Animal Rescue League of Boston

3:10pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

'Thank God It's Over,' Australia's Most Wanted Man Says After Capture

"On his 2,466th night in the wilderness," the hunt for Malcolm Naden ended.

And when it did, Australia's most wanted man seemed relieved, police said afterward, according to The Sydney Morning Herald:

"Sitting on the sodden ground in handcuffs, surrounded by his captors, a lucid and relaxed Mr Naden said: 'Thank God it's over, I've had enough.' "

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12:05pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Four More Booms In Wisconsin City Troubled By Mysterious Sounds

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:06 pm

Jordan Pfeiler of Clintonville says she's heard the booms.
Carrie Antlfinger AP

Things were not quiet again in Clintonville, Wis., early today.

As we reported Wednesday, folks there have been hearing booms and feeling vibrations this week and no one has yet been able to explain what's causing them. One of the latest theories is that unusually warm temperatures are causing underground ice to crack. A few homeowners think they've suffered some damages (cracked floors, for example).

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11:04am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Looks Like That Post-Rapture Pet-Walking Company Was A Hoax

It was all a joke, the man behind Eternal Earth-Bound Pets now says.
EE-BP

A New Hampshire man who claimed last year that for a fee of $135 he would arrange to have your dog walked if the Rapture did indeed begin last May 21 and you got taken up to heaven, is now saying that his business venture was a hoax.

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10:30am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Video Of Copter Crash In Afghanistan Goes Viral; Army Investigating

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 10:31 am

From video of the incident, as the helicopter swooped low over a snowy base in Afghanistan moments before crashing in the distance.
YouTube.com

If you haven't seen it yet, you probably will soon if you're watching the cable news networks:

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9:20am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Murray Lender, Who Introduced Many Americans To Bagels, Has Died

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 11:37 am

From a Connecticut bakery to the nation.
Mike Derer AP

If you were young in the 1960s or '70s and like many of us didn't live around New York City, the first bagel you ever saw and enjoyed was probably a Lender's.

So it's with a sense of sadness and nostalgia that we pass along this, from The Associated Press:

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9:00am

Thu March 22, 2012

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