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4:54 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

John Oliver And Cookie Monster, On The News Beat

Cookie Monster and John Oliver anchor a special report on words.

Just in time for back-to-school season, funny newsman John Oliver and incorrigible consumer Cookie Monster are co-anchoring a news special on words, in a video that includes appearances by Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon and weatherman Al Roker.

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

In an effort to reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic. The rules have special protections for giant bluefin — fish that have grown to 81 inches or more.

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Monkey See
1:56 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

It's That Time Again: The Toronto International Film Festival

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in Beyond The Lights, from Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also directed Love & Basketball.
Suzanne Tenner TIFF

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:45 pm

It's that time again, and by "that time," I mean "Canadian time." Because beginning Thursday, NPR's own Bob Mondello and I, along with Bilal Qureshi of All Things Considered,, will be spending a week seeing movies at the Toronto International Film Festival, which your movie-nerd friends call "TIFF."

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

American journalist Steven Sotloff (left) talks with Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line on June 2, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria.
Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:00 pm

An Islamic radical group released a video on Tuesday that purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had threatened Sotloff's life when it released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley two weeks ago.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:09 pm

The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, in an apparent breach of security that is raising new questions about storing personal information online.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's spokeswoman said Sunday, after nude images of the actress and others began to emerge online. Some of the celebrities have denied the photos are of them; others, such as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, say they deleted the images long ago.

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ending Decades Of Family Leadership, 'Washington Post' Names New Publisher

The Washington Post announced Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would take over as publisher.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:18 pm

Ending decades of family leadership, Washington Post owner Jeffrey Bezos announced on Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would be taking over as publisher of the venerable journalism institution.

Ryan, a former Reagan administration official and founding member of the website Politico, will take over for Katharine Weymouth.

The Post reports:

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The Salt
11:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

Surprise! This is what it looks like when you cut into a Redfield apple.
Clare Borboza Bloomsbury

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:29 pm

One of my favorite Far Side cartoons shows four triumphant cavemen with a giant carrot hoisted onto their shoulders with the caption: "Early vegetarians returning from the kill."

That's kind of what it looks like every autumn weekend when my better half, Dan, comes home from the farmers market with a half-bushel of apples balanced on his shoulder.

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Kremlin Disputes Veracity Of Putin's 'I Can Take Kiev In Two Weeks' Quote

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.
Alexei Druzhinin AP

The Kremlin is disputing the context of a controversial quote attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As Italy's La Repubblica reported, Putin allegedly issued a defiant warning to European Commission President José Manuel Barros during a phone call.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:50 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Cute Dog Video Answers Mystery Of The Cosmos. Maybe

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:26 pm

The path from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light and from purposelessness to puppies goes something like this:

  • Around 400 B.C., the Greek philosopher Democritus and other "atomists" make the radical proposition that below all the worlds' appearances, all matter is composed of tiny, indivisible particles.
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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

A woman gathers shells along the ocean near the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., early Tuesday. The casino resort has closed, a little over two years after opening with the promise of helping to renew Atlantic City.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 12:24 pm

After operating for only two years, the Revel Casino Hotel has closed down, part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September. It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel facility.

"It's a tragedy," massage therapist Lori Bacum, who worked at the resort's spa, tells "There were some warnings, but none of us thought it would happen. We felt so safe, because this was the place that was going to take (the city) to a new level."

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Shots - Health News
9:04 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

Getting to this point can be very expensive if in vitro fertilization is involved.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:58 pm

Infertility treatment is a numbers game in some respects: How many treatments will it take to conceive a child? And how much can you afford?

Even as insurance plans are modestly improving their coverage of such treatments, clinics and others are coming up with creative ways to cover the costs to help would-be parents reduce their risk for procedures that can run tens of thousands of dollars. Some even offer a money-back guarantee if patients don't conceive, while one online program lets people pool some funding.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

Publicity-shy Japanese author Haruki Murakami arrives to give a public lecture in Kyoto in May 2013.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 10:58 am

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

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Tue September 2, 2014

32 Teens Escape From Nashville-Area Detention Center

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:20 pm

Police near Nashville spent the night raking the city with dogs and helicopters in search of 32 teens who escaped from a detention center in Bordeaux, Tenn.

Blake Farmer of NPR member station WPLN tells our Newscast unit that 17 of them are still on the loose. Blake sent this report:

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Targeting Al-Shabab Leadership, U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Somalia

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:23 pm

The United States conducted airstrikes in Somalia late Monday, targeting the leadership of the al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab.

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The Two-Way
10:49 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday.
Yves Logghe AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:12 am

NATO leaders are expected to set up a rapid-response force to deploy quickly to eastern Europe to defend against potential Russian aggression at their meeting in Wales later this week.

The force of about 4,000 troops will be ready to move on 48 hours notice from a station in a member country close to Russia, The New York Times reported.

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