The Two-Way
11:45 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Alabama's Largest County Takes Big Step To Avoid Bankruptcy

The Jefferson County Commission in Alabama approved a plan today that could mean the county will avoid having to declare bankruptcy because of a $3.1 billion debt.

The Birmingham News cautions, though, that "the agreement [with creditors] is only a framework or a concept to settle the crisis, and work remains toward crafting a definitive, binding deal."

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Haven't Seen The 'Webcam 101 For Seniors' Video Yet? Here It Is

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 11:09 am

It's one of this week's "viral video sensations," as ABC News' Technology Review says.

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Biologists Set To Rescue Fish From Drying Texas Rivers

This news story from the Associated Press gives you an idea of just how bad drought conditions are in Texas:

Wildlife biologists on Friday will evacuate two species of minnows from the shrinking waters of a West Texas river in the first of what could be several rescue operations involving fish affected by the state's worst drought in decades.

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Political Chat: Boehner's Answer To Jobs Crisis

This week, House Speaker Boehner responded to President Obama's jobs plan; Republicans won both special congressional elections in New York and Nevada; and a former Obama administration member announced her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. GOP strategist Ron Christie and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker weigh in.

The Two-Way
9:33 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Soyuz Lands Safely, But Not Without A Scare

Russian space agency rescuers carry Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyayev after his landing aboard the Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule.
Sergei Ilnitsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 9:39 am

Late last night, Soyuz TMA-21 made it back to Earth safely. The three astronauts on board are all safe. But before the capsule touched down in Kazakhstan, mission control and those watching live were treated to some heart-stopping moments.

The AP reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
9:20 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Cocaine Mule Busted In Sao Paulo

A man arrested at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, had quite a bit of undeclared carry-on baggage: 72 bags containing almost a kilogram of cocaine inside his body.
Brazilian Federal Police/HO AFP/Getty Images

Here's a picture worth almost a thousand grams.

The CT scan above shows the insides of a 20-year-old man apprehended Monday at an airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as he was getting ready to board a flight to Brussels.

All those reddish capsules lined up in his intestines are filled with cocaine.

The Irish national, identified only as P.B.B., was pinched by authorities because he was acting nervous. Woudn't you be, too, if you were carrying nearly a kilogram of cocaine in your guts?

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Miami Battling Invasion Of Giant African Snails

The invaders: Two Giant African Snails, in the hands of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services staffers on Thursday (Sept. 15, 2011).
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 8:13 am

Giant African Snails, "one of the most damaging land snails in the world," have invaded a southwest Miami subdivision and are now the focus of "a time-consuming expensive counter-attack" by authorities, the Miami Herald reports.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:58 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Packaging Mix-Up For Birth Control Pills Prompts Recall

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Here's a boo-boo that you just don't expect to happen at a company making prescription medicines — especially a firm called Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.

The Alabama-based maker of generic drugs apparently didn't do enough quality testing. It's recalling a slew of birth control pills because a mistake in the factory put pills in the wrong places inside plastic packages.

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Fri September 16, 2011

No Joking This Time: 4 Men Hospitalized After Bee Attack In California

We had a bit of fun Thursday with a story about a 200-pound beehive in Arizona.

This story's nothing to laugh about:

"4 Men Hospitalized In Honeybee Attack." (OC Weekly)

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Fri September 16, 2011

New Book Cites 'Bitter Disputes' Among Obama's Economic Advisers

RonSuskind.com

Journalist Ron Suskind had already said that his new book about the Obama administration's response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis would reveal "bitter disputes" among the president's economic advisers.

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