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11:49 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Report: Overdraft Protection Puts Customers 'At Greater Risk'

Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 1:44 pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at how overdraft fees affect consumers in a detailed report released Tuesday.

One of the stunning finds: "Overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees accounted for 61 percent of total consumer deposit account service charges in 2011 among the banks in the CFPB report."

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Shots - Health News
11:47 am
Tue June 11, 2013

How CT Scans Have Raised Kids' Risk For Future Cancer

Use of CT scans has doubled for children under five and tripled for older children.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 6:40 am

Doctors are prescribing too many CT scans for children, a study says, even though they know that the radiation used in the tests increases children's lifelong risk of cancer.

Choosing other tests and dialing back the radiation used in the scans would prevent 62 percent of related cancers, according to Diana Miglioretti, a biostatistician at the University of California, Davis, who led the study.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Tue June 11, 2013

South Korea Says Talks With The North Are Off

Delegates from South Korea (left) and North Korea wrap up a working-group meeting in the border village of Panmunjom in advance of talks that were scheduled for Wednesday in Seoul.
South Korean Unification Ministry AP

Delicate preparations for talks between North and South Korea collapsed like a souffle Tuesday, after both sides objected over who was going to show up to do the talking.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:22 am
Tue June 11, 2013

The Most Dangerous Traffic Circle In The World?

Rob Whitworth Vimeo

I've been to New Delhi where traffic is frightening. I've seen pictures of Nairobi and Bangkok, where it's even scarier. But Ho Chi Minh City? The town we used to call Saigon? I don't think I'd put myself in a truck, car, bike or even a Sherman tank in that town. This video opens in the scariest traffic circle I could imagine — actually, it's beyond imagining — where bikes, cars and people seem simultaneously, collectively and individually heading straight at each other (when you look, just count the vehicles and people on collision course; there are at least two or three in every frame).

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Booz Allen Says It Fired NSA Leaker Snowden On Monday

12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public." href="/post/booz-allen-says-it-fired-nsa-leaker-snowden-monday" class="noexit lightbox">
In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public.
The Guardian

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:52 am

The defense contractor that most recently employed self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden says it fired him on Monday, one day after the 29-year-old went public about his claims and the classified information he says he gave to news outlets:

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Tue June 11, 2013

WATCH: An Orca Steals A Fisherman's Catch

An orca steals a halibut from a fisherman's line.
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Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:46 am

In the past, we've brought you: bull shark versus an angler on a dock and tiger shark versus fisherman on a kayak.

Both of those videos showed a shark swooping in and quickly stealing a fish caught on a line. Today, we bring you a more refined version of this genre.

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Shots - Health News
9:40 am
Tue June 11, 2013

A Delay In Relief From Copays For Costly Drugs

Expensive prescriptions drugs can stretch people's finances, even if they have insurance.
iStockphoto.com

For people with a chronic or serious illness, drugs that can help slow or cure the disease often put a financial strain on even the best insurance coverage.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Is New England The Right Fit For Tim Tebow?

Tim Tebow (right) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots defeated the Broncos on Dec. 18, 2011. Now, they're due to be teammates.
Mark Leffingwell Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:45 am

The New England Patriots' website just confirmed the news that quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the team.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Tue June 11, 2013

See-Through Pants Problem Behind Her, Lululemon CEO To Leave

Christine Day. She's planning to step down as CEO of Lululemon.
Brendan McDermid Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:51 am

Saying that "now is the right time to bring in a CEO who will drive the next phase of Lululemon's development and growth," the yoga and athletic clothing company's chief has announced she's stepping down.

Christine Day will stay on in her job until a successor is found, Lululemon says.

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Monkey See
9:04 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Theater Of The Absurd: Have Audiences Lost Their Manners?

Scott Griessel - Creatista iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:58 am

If you woke up this morning thinking, "I really need to hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer say the words 'noisily unwrapping her Twizzlers,'" have I got good news for you.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Pew: Majority Of Americans Support NSA Phone Tracking

A table showing how the public feels about the balance of privacy and security.
Pew

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 10:05 am

We're a little late noting this poll, but it's important so we're backing up a bit: A Pew poll released Monday finds a majority of Americans — 56 percent — think the National Security Agency's tracking of phone records "is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism."

Forty-one percent say it is unacceptable.

Pew adds:

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Top Stories: More Turkish Protests; And Where Is NSA Leaker?

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:58 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- As NSA Leaker Disappears, Talk Of More To Come & Charges.

-- In Istanbul, Police Move Against Anti-Government Protesters.

And here are more early headlines:

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Book News: Sales Of Orwell's '1984' Spike After NSA Revelations

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:17 am

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

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

In Istanbul, Police Move Against Anti-Government Protesters

People run away from tear gas which is thrown by riot police during a clash at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tolga Bozoglu EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 9:10 pm

Update at 8:42 p.m. ET. Unrest May Continue All Night:

As Tuesday night wore into Wednesday morning, Turkish riot police were clashing with demonstrators in Istanbul's Taksim Square. Barrages of tear gas were fired into the square, where several fires burned on vehicles and other material. Some protesters were equipped with gas masks.

Speaking on television Tuesday, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he will not bend to the protesters' demands. Here's a portion of that speech, from the BBC:

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The Two-Way
6:44 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

World War II-Era German Bomber Raised Near English Coast

A Dornier 17 bomber, which Germany used in the first years of World War II, is lowered onto a salvage barge in the English Channel, 70 years after the craft was shot down.
RAF Museum

A rare Dornier 17, an aluminum-skinned German bomber that flew in the Battle of Britain, has been salvaged from the murky waters of the English Channel. The plane was shot down more than 70 years ago near the coast of Kent.

"The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the successful lift of the only known example of the Dornier Do17," said the RAF Museum's director general, Peter Dye, Monday. He called the feat an "incredibly complex and delicate operation."

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