The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Obama's Message: 'Stop The Political Circus,' Pass His Jobs Plan Now

President Obama plans to tell the nation tonight that there is "nothing controversial" in his latest jobs program and he's set to tell Congress that it should be passed "right away."

"The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning," Obama will also say, according to excerpts of his address that were just released by the White House.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Hair Straightener Contains Dangerous Chemicals, FDA Says

FDA says beware Brazilian Blowout
Inga Ivanova iStockphoto.com

Nearly a year ago, we warned you that a popular hair product which turns frizzy locks smooth and luxurious may be endangering the health of the salon workers who use it. Well, now the Food and Drug Administration has made it official.

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Reporter's Notebook
2:26 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Boy Scouts Look Forward To New Site

Christopher Lechalk, 11, and Matthew Lechalk, 14, of the Fayetteville, W.Va., Boy Scouts say they are looking forward to the new camp.
Noah Adams NPR

I spent a few days in Fayetteville, W.Va., while recording interviews about the new scout camp being built nearby. I found myself longing to talk to some actual Boy Scouts — kids from the area who would surely be eager to see what the scout leaders had in mind for the opening in July 2013.

So I sat on a back porch with George Lechalk, a scoutmaster, and his sons Christopher, 11, and Matthew, 14.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
2:16 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

For Young Afghans, History's Lessons Lost?

Afghanistan is a country of the young: According to best estimates, half the population was under age 10 when the Sept. 11 attacks took place a decade ago. Now, a generation of Afghans has very little knowledge about the events that so transformed their country. In this photo, Afghan children gather for school in Old Kabul, Aug. 25, 2010.
Yuri Cortez AFP/Getty Images

Afghanistan is, perhaps, the country most transformed by the Sept. 11 attacks. And yet most Afghans have no clear memories of those world-changing events because, according to best estimates, most of the country's current population was under the age of 10 at that time.

This generation of Afghans has gone from having no television or Internet to having access to a torrent of media information without much experience filtering truth from rumor.

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Africa
2:14 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Libyan Rebels Vie For Key Posts In Tripoli

Libyan rebel fighters raid a house in the capital Tripoli on Tuesday as they search for supporters of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. The rebel leadership is trying to get various rebel factions to work together to create a new government and security force.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Rebel soldiers in the streets of Tripoli are still savoring the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi and his forces. But rebel commanders are facing the difficult task of uniting disparate militias and consolidating their powers.

By some accounts, members of a newly formed security council are spending more time vying for power among themselves than they are in ensuring security.

At a checkpoint in Tripoli, young men in scavenged military garb chant, "God is greatest."

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Humans
1:53 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

'Mosaic' Fossil Could Be Bridge From Apes To Humans

The fossil of Australopithecus sediba could be the long-sought transition between ape-like ancestors and the first humans. "It shows a small brain, but a brain that's beginning to reorganize in some ways that resemble our brain," says anthropologist Lee Berger.
Brett Eloff via Lee Berger University of Witwatersrand

A pair of fossils from a South African cave have scientists both excited and puzzled. Scientists say the fossils — an adult female and a juvenile — could be the long-sought transition between ape-like ancestors and the first humans.

The bones belong to creatures related to the famous Lucy fossil found in Ethiopia in the 1970s, but their owners lived more recently, just two million years ago.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:47 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Fewer Shots Of HPV Vaccine May Still Protect Against Cancer

Women who didn't get all three doses of HPV vaccine, as is recommended, were still protected against the virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study finds. If that result holds up, it could become easier and less expensive to protect women against this common form of cancer.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Dude, Change Your Number: Guy Says Woman Called Him 65,000 Times

Edward J Bock III iStockphoto.com

We had some questions after reading this, and unfortunately none have been answered in any of the stories so far:

"Dutch prosecutors are charging a 42-year-old woman with stalking after she allegedly called her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year." (The Associated Press)

First: Didn't the "ex-boyfriend," who's 62, change his number after, say, call No. 10,000 or so?

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Challenges To Health Law Rejected, But Decisions Don't Address Key Point

"In a win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court in Virginia today tossed out two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the sweeping law overhauling the health care system," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.

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News
1:00 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Learn Lessons From Disasters? No, Thanks

The seemingly unbroken run of news this year about earthquakes, floods and wildfires will prompt lots of discussion about how and where houses get built, in hopes of making them safer.

But chances are that few regulatory changes will actually occur.

Rewriting the codes that regulate building practices is a long, drawn-out process that encounters push-back every step of the way from home builders and other property-rights advocates, because of their concern about the impact on the cost of construction.

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