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Monkey See
1:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Truth In Advertising: Pregnant Ladies Date On 'Pregnant And Dating'

The cast of WE tv's Pregnant & Dating. They are all pregnant. Also dating.
WE tv

There's a part of basic cable that you might call "soft reality" — the unscripted shows where everybody is nice, almost all the stories are happy, the comedy is mostly gentle, and the main characters are meant to be very sympathetic. Soft reality loves pregnancy and childbirth, as seen on shows like A Baby Story and some of the shows about giving birth to multiples. (Jon & Kate Plus 8 started as soft reality and wound up as something else entirely.)

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

Don't sit down here and have a smoke with your coffee, Starbucks says.
Mark Memmott NPR

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:17 pm

Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors.

Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas."

"Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Calmly, From Portland, It's The Quiet Music Festival

The show Portlandia recently featured a skit titled "The Battle Of The Gentle Bands." Portland will host the Quiet Music Festival this weekend.
IFC/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 3:05 pm

Not all music festivals are carnivals of noise, propelled by thudding drums and screeching guitars. In fact, for the annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland, which begins today, the goal is to experience calming sounds.

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Video Shows Truck's Cab Crossing Tracks, Just Before Train

A still image from a video posted by Eastern Truck and Trailer captures a moment just before a commercial truck's trailer was struck by a freight train Tuesday.
ETT Corp/YouTube

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:00 pm

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Two More Days Of Severe Weather Warnings For Hard-Hit States

This ominous-looking wall of clouds formed near Purcell, Okla., on Thursday. There were more tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas as severe weather continued to pummel those states.
Alonzo Adams AP

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 12:24 am

Update at 12:22 a.m. ET. Medical Examiner Confirms 5 Killed

The Associated Press is reporting that the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says 5 people have been killed in the tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma suburbs.

Update at 9:55 p.m. ET. Highway Patrol Says Two Killed:

A mother and baby were killed in the Oklahoma City area during the storm, the Associated Press reports, citing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri May 31, 2013

2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

"The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year's report," the program's trustees reported Friday.

In a statement, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives some of the credit to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Monkey See
10:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Let's Rush To Judgment: Vince Vaughn In 'Delivery Man'

Vince Vaughn, seen here at a comedy show earlier this month, is the star of the upcoming film Delivery Man.
Mark Davis Getty Images

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Huge Asteroid Makes Its Closest Pass To Earth Today

Radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2, taken when the cosmic traveler was about 3.75 million miles from Earth, revealed that the asteroid, with a 1.7-mile diameter, has a moon or satellite revolving around it.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:29 am

An asteroid nine times the size of a cruise ship is dropping by Earth on Friday, and it's not coming alone. Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be about 3.6 million miles from our planet at its closest approach. And its proximity has already given scientists a surprise: It has its own moon, measured at about 2,000 feet wide.

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Is This Faint Line Below The Sea Amelia Earhart's Plane?

That line below the surface might be pieces of Amelia Earhart's plane, researchers say.
TIGHAR

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:12 am

The group that's been searching for the remains of aviator Amelia Earhart and her long-lost plane has released what it calls "exciting ... frustrating ... maddening" evidence of where her Lockheed Electra might be.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top Stories: Ricin Probe Leads To Texas; Severe Weather Continues

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:03 am

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Monkey See
8:23 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Binge Viewing And A Summer TV Quiz

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It's not every week you get to hear me go full-on fan-crazy. (Okay, it's some weeks, but usually not about the people who are in the studio.) But this week, I am extra-excited because Stephen Thompson and I are joined for our pop-culture roundtable podcast by Gene Demby and Kat Chow, both from NPR's race, ethnicity and culture team that writes the Code Switch blog.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Fri May 31, 2013

All Are OK After Small Plane Crashes Through Apartment Roof

This photo from the Virginia State Police shows the tail of the small plane that crashed into the living room of an apartment in Herndon, Va., early Friday.
AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:39 am

Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt early Friday morning when a small plane with two people aboard crashed through the roof of an apartment building in Herndon, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Book News: World's Oldest Torah Scroll Found, Italian Scholar Says

This sheepskin scroll found in the University of Bologna archives dates from 1155 to 1225, according to carbon testing.
AP

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

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Arizona Mom Released From Mexican Jail

Yanira Maldonado talked to reporters late Thursday after her release from a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico.
Cristina Silva AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:20 am

This is our first, and possibly last, mention of a story that's been getting lots of play on cable news:

"Mexican Court Frees Arizona Mom Accused Of Drug Smuggling." (CNN.com)

"I'm free now ... and I'm very grateful," Yanira Maldonado told reporters early Friday.

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Reports: Texas Man Questioned About Latest Ricin Letters

None of the possibly ricin-tainted letters mailed to President Obama have reached the White House, authorities say. They were intercepted at a remote mail handling facility.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:19 am

"Authorities, including the FBI, questioned a New Boston, Texas, man Thursday night in connection with an investigation of ricin-laced letters sent to government officials, including President Barack Obama," KSLA-TV in Shreveport, La., reports.

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