The Two-Way
6:38 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week; Verizon Strike A Factor

The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week from the week before, to 417,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

Though the number of claims remained well above the level normally associated with a healthy economy, one factor was temporary. According to Reuters, "Verizon workers filed 8,500 claims for jobless benefits last week, after submitting 12,500 applications the previous week."

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Markets Rise On More Hopeful Economic Outlook

The Two-Way
5:55 am
Thu August 25, 2011

'International Effort' Underway To Find Gadhafi

Surveillance aircraft provided by the U.S. and, according to British media reports, special forces from the U.K., are helping in the hunt for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who is in Tripoli, reported for Morning Edition earlier today.

"It's an all-out effort" as opposition fighters, with help from their international allies, look for Gadhafi, she added.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Thu August 25, 2011

Hurricane Watches Up In N.C. As Irene Chugs Toward U.S.

Irene's latest projected path.
National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Irene has "roared across the Bahamas archipelago" and remains on track to hit the coast of North Carolina on Saturday and then soak much of the Eastern seaboard over the weekend and into next week as it chugs north.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu August 25, 2011

As Apple's Steve Jobs Steps Down, Tim Cook Steps Up

Tim Cook, who is Apple's new CEO. (Oct. 20, 2010, file photo.)
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The news last night that Apple Inc. co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs is giving up his post at CEO naturally leads to this question:

Just who is Tim Cook, the Apple chief operating officer who has been tapped to take over as CEO?

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Marisa Peñaloza is a senior producer on the National Desk. From breaking news to documentary-style features, Peñaloza's productions are among the signature pieces heard on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Her work has covered a wide array of topics, from hurricanes, education, immigration, politics and the economy to homeland security and litigation. She has also produced investigative reports and traveled across the U.S. and the world for NPR.

Science
10:01 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Mosquito Research Feels Bite Of Budget Cuts

Tara Hannon empties a mosquito trap at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Conn. Federal funding helped expand this program, but there have been significant cuts over the past five years.
Craig LeMoult

State laboratories around the country are testing mosquitoes to warn people about the presence of the West Nile virus, but federal and state budget cuts are threatening some of those labs.

Abbott Brush collects mosquitoes for observation at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. One mosquito trap — a bucket of smelly water — is in a wooded area of New Haven near a pond.

"It attracts them because they want to come there and lay the eggs," he says.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Better A You Than Me: Scientists Sicken Mosquitoes To Stop Dengue

Researchers hope to keep the mosquito that transmits dengue, Aedes aegypti, from infecting humans using the Wolbachia bacterium.
James Gathany CDC Public Health Image Library

Scientists in Australia are using a bacterium to try to stop a deadly virus in its tracks.

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U.S.
10:01 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Puerto Rican Governor Faces Opposition To Pipeline

Demonstrators march during a May 1 protest against the proposed construction of a 92-mile gas pipeline in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno has made the project a central goal of his administration, despite protest from communities affected.
Ricardo Alcaraz AP

If you think your monthly electric bills are high, be thankful you don't live in Puerto Rico. An island where nearly all energy sources must be imported, the U.S. territory has residential power costs that are double those on the mainland.

To help bring down the cost of energy, Puerto Rico's governor is pushing an ambitious plan to build a 92-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

But that plan has run into significant opposition in Puerto Rico and in Congress.

Homes In The Pipeline's Path

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Grizzlies Test Products To Keep Out The Average Bear

Last summer marked an all-time high for human-bear conflicts in Yellowstone. The number of grizzly bears there has tripled since they were placed on the endangered species list in the mid-1970s.

But in a strange twist, many of the bears that were involved in conflicts with humans are now helping people to not lure bears into temptation.

Hooked On Human Food

Grizzly bears are a way of life in the northwest corner of Wyoming.

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