The Two-Way
5:45 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Top Stories: Libya; Israel-Gaza; Strauss-Kahn; Hurricane Irene

Good morning.

The big breaking story of the day, so far, comes from Libya. Opposition fighters have started to take control of Tripoli, and may be closing in on Moammar Gadhafi. As we reported earlier, the sudden shift in momentum appears to have happened because the opposition has gotten better organized and NATO stepped up its air attacks.

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Libya: Why Has The Tide Turned?

Opposition fighters in Tripoli earlier today (Aug. 22, 2011).
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

The news that opposition fighters moved into Tripoli over the weekend and have begun to take control of the Libyan capital and perhaps close in on Moammar Gadhafi has raised this question (among others):

Libya's civil war has been going on for six months. Much of the time things have seemed to be at an impasse. What happened in recent days to change the picture?

Here's some of the reporting on that:

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World
10:31 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

Libyans Jubilant As Gadhafi's Capital Falls

Libyan rebels remove the green flags from poles at the Abu Salim square in Tripoli on Aug. 26 after the opposition forces announced the transfer of their leadership to the capital.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:32 am

Libya's opposition leadership declared Monday that the decades-old regime of Moammar Gadhafi is finished, but intense fighting raged in parts of Tripoli as loyalists refused to cede control of the capital.

After six months of often brutal fighting, rebels pushed into Tripoli over the weekend in what many Libyans hope marks the end of Gadhafi's 42-year reign.

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U.S.
10:28 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

President Obama's Statement On Fighting In Tripoli

Obama issued the statement after conducting a conference call with members of his national security team:

Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.

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Health
10:01 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

When Not To Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes

Howard Snitzer's heart stopped beating for 96 minutes last January. First responders didn't give up on him, thanks in part to capnography, a technology that let them know Snitzer still had a chance of coming back.
May Clinic

Last January a Minnesota man's heart stopped beating for an amazing 96 minutes. Emergency room doctors thought he was dead. But first responders who gave CPR on the scene decided not to give up, in part because of technology that allowed them to see their efforts were working.

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Asia
10:01 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

In Rural Pakistan, A Rare Hospital Geared For Women

Mumtaz Ali (left) established the hospital in response to the dying wish of his wife, Umrana Mumtaz, who wanted to bring badly needed medical services to Pakistan's rural poor. Dr. Qasim Nasruddin (right) joined the hospital when it opened three years ago with a small staff that treats more than 120 patients a day.
Julie M. McCarthy NPR

In a landscape where decent clinics are scarce, the Umrana Mumtaz Healthcare Trust Hospital is a beacon of hope.

And a bustling one: on a sweltering afternoon worried mothers wrapped in traditional white robes and headscarves crowd the hospital's shaded amphitheater clutching their ailing babies. More than 120-thousand patients, mostly women and children, have received free basic health care at this facility since it opened just three years ago.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:01 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

How Music May Help Ward Off Hearing Loss

Older people often have difficulty understanding conversation in a crowd. Like everything else, our hearing deteriorates as we age.

There are physiological reasons for this decline: We lose tiny hair cells that pave the way for sound to reach our brains. We lose needed neurons and chemicals in the inner ear, reducing our capacity to hear.

So how can you help stave off that age-related hearing loss? Try embracing music early in life, research suggests.

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Business
10:01 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

E-Receipts Cut Clutter, Boost Marketing Opportunities

A sample e-receipt from Seamless Receipts that retailers e-mail to shoppers after purchase.
Courtesy of Seamless Receipts

Shoppers may not have to worry about bulging wallets stuffed with old, crumpled receipts much longer. Retailers have found a solution — e-receipts — though it may come at a price.

Apple has been doing this for years now; Nordstrom and Patagonia have also made the switch. And this summer, Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy and Banana Republic, launched e-receipts at more than 2,600 stores.

Shelley Perelmuter, Gap's vice president of customer relations management, says e-receipts are convenient.

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National Security
3:10 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

The Surge In FBI Informants

James Cromitie, center, is led by police officers from a federal building in New York, Thursday, May 21, 2009, after being arrested on charges related to a bombing plot in the Bronx. The arrest of Cromitie and three other Muslim ex-convicts in the alleged homegrown terror plot is renewing fears about the spread of Islamic extremism in the nation's prisons. (AP Photo/Robert Mecea)
Robert Mecea ASSOCIATED PRESS

In today's post 9/11 America, there are 15,000 informants working with the FBI. That's nearly three times as many as there were 25 years ago. Over the years, when there has been a surge in the number of informants the FBI recruits and uses, there's a specific target in the FBI's sights like organized crime or drug trade. The FBI makes no secret of their top priority of today — counter terrorism.

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World
2:50 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

The Role Of FBI Informants In National Security

In today's post-9/11 world, the FBI has 15,000 informants working undercover, many of them infiltrating mosques and Muslim communities to set up terrorism stings. The goal? To preempt and prevent — so says the FBI. Guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with Mother Jones writer Trevor Aaronson about his year-long investigation into the FBI's use of informants.

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