The Two-Way
7:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:57 am

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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State News
6:22 am
Wed July 24, 2013

U of I professor running for Illinois' 13th Congressional District

Both major political parties will have a primary race in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. University of Illinois Physics professor and Democrat George Gollin launched his run Tuesday with supporters at the Champaign County Fair. The first-time candidate says he’s still learning about fundraising, but has met with backers who are familiar with science and higher education policy:

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 8:25 am

  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.

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Economy
6:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

As Obama Renews Jobs Push, How Is The Economy Doing?

Workers line up pipe while drilling for oil outside Watford City, N.D. While the energy sector has been strong, millions of Americans have been out of work since the recession ended.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:35 am

The U.S. economy has been growing for four straight years — each under the leadership of President Obama.

But the pace of improvement has been disappointing to many, especially the nearly 12 million people still looking for work.

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The Two-Way
6:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Book News: Chuck Palahniuk Working On 'Fight Club' Sequel

Chuck Palahniuk rides the Paris subway on Sept. 29, 2006.
Christophe Ena AP

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

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Around the Nation
5:42 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Nine Months After Sandy, New Jersey's Seeing A Baby Boom

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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World
5:17 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Biden Escapes Monkey Business On Trip To India

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Security for Joe Biden's trip to India is tight, but agents couldn't do much about some rowdy troublemakers during a stop at the Gandhi Memorial. About a dozen monkeys took over a tree above a statue where the vice president would be posing. The Wall Street Journal says they swung on branches and threw half-eaten mangoes to the ground. Photographers held their breath as Biden and his wife approached - luckily, no falling mangoes or other monkey business.

NPR Story
3:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

House To Vote On Defunding NSA Phone Surveillance

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up the issue of domestic spying. Lawmakers are expected to vote today on an amendment that would reign in the National Security Agency program that collects the phone records of millions of Americans. This would be the first vote on the matter since the scope of the NSA program was made public in a series of leaks. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, at issue is an amendment to the defense appropriations bill.

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NPR Story
3:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program

The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

Three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program due to a federal court order. The courses are now known as culturally-relevant classes and are set to begin in a couple of weeks, when the school year begins. And they hold the same potential for controversy.

The TUSD board's decision to bring back the ethnic studies program was a whole lot less contentious than its decision to end the Mexican-American studies classes three years ago.

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NPR Story
3:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Manning Trial Heads Into Closing Arguments

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm David Greene. Closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trial are scheduled for tomorrow. The Army private first class admitted to perpetrating the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history. That's when he sent secret government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The U.S. government has charged Manning with 22 offenses. The most serious is aiding the enemy, and he could face life in prison if he's convicted.

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