Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Policy Reversed: Marines May Wear 'KIA Bracelets' Honoring The Fallen

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes marines.mil

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 12:10 pm

"The Marine Corps is ending its controversial ban on bracelets honoring U.S. troops killed in combat," Marine Corps Times is reporting.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Tue October 18, 2011

VIDEO: Lubbock Goes Dark As Dust Storm Swallows City

As we've seen before this year, when a "haboob" rolls over a city the results can be awesome — and not in a good way if you're caught in it.

Monday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, a massive dust storm turned day into night in less than a minute. Check this video from local TV station KLBK and The Associated Press (which loops once).

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Goldman Sachs Lost $428 Million In Third Quarter

Bank of America's report of a $6.2 billion profit in the third quarter, as we said earlier, has many analysts pointing out that it was mostly due to one-time accounting changes and asset sales. Still, BofA's stock is up slightly at this hour.

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8:58 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Strip-Search That Man, 'Scrabble' Player Demands

The Scrabble tile of the letter "G."

istockphoto.com

Tipping the board over and telling mom that "he's cheating!" wasn't an option, so:

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Bank Of America Reports $6.2 Billion Profit

Though the number is huge — $6.2 billion — this morning's third-quarter profit news from Bank of America is generating a lot of "yeah, but" analyses.

As in:

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Higher Fuel And Food Costs Drive Wholesale Prices Up

There was a 0.8 percent increase in wholesale prices from August to September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Much of the gain was due to higher costs for fuel and food. Without those two volatile sectors, prices went up 0.2 percent.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Top Stories: Prisoner Swap, Clinton In Libya, Stocks Drop

Good morning.

Our earlier headlines on breaking news were:

-- Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins.

-- Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom.

And we also posted on this odd report:

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Report: Truck With Obama's Teleprompter Stolen

"A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment," including a teleprompter from which he reads prepared remarks and the presidential seal he stands behind, was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Henrico, Va., on Monday, local WWBT-TV reports.

The vehicle was discovered a short time later outside another local hotel. The TV station says it isn't yet known whether everything inside was recovered.

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5:35 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Secretary Clinton Is In Libya To Unveil New Aid, Hail Country's Freedom

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Tripoli today and while in Libya will both congratulate the Libyan people on their freedom from Moammar Gadhafi and announce several new types of aid headed their way from the U.S., NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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5:15 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Israeli Soldier Released, Exchange Of Prisoners Begins

An Israeli Defense Forces photo of Sgt. Gilad Shalit an unknown location today in Israel, following his release.

AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 1:43 pm

A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel today after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas, while Palestinians are joyously celebrating in Ramallah as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange for the Israeli soldier's release.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:14 pm

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10:00 am
Mon October 17, 2011

BlackBerry Customers Offered Free Apps As Apology

Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

Last week, Research in Motion apologized for the service outages that swept around the world last week, leaving millions of its BlackBerry users unable to send or receive messages.

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8:54 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Just Doing His Job, Says Firefighter Who Caught Boy Dropped Three Floors

Lt. Glenn McGillivray, Boston firefighter.

WHDH-TV

As flames engulfed a Roxbury, Mass., apartment house early this morning, Judith Lamb desperately held her young grandson out a window. She was shielding him fire and smoke.

That's when Boston Fire Department Lt. Glenn McGillivray "reached his arms out," the Boston Globe reports.

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8:06 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Anadarko To Pay BP $4 Billion, Settle Claims Related To Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 8:22 am

This morning's announcement from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. that it is paying BP $4 billion "to settle all of BP's current and future claims" against it related to the April 2010 Gulf oil spill, "ends a long dispute between BP, which operated the well in the gulf, and Anadarko, which owned a 25 percent stake, about accepting responsibility for compensating those affected by on

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Mon October 17, 2011

VIDEO: 100-Year-Old Man Finishes Toronto Marathon

Fauja Singh, 100, celebrates at the finish line after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon AP

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:21 pm

Talk about a really amazing race:

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6:20 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Cardinals Vs. Rangers: Which Team Will Win The World Series?

Now we know the matchup.

So it's time to ask: Will it be the St. Louis Cardinals or the Texas Rangers who win the World Series?

The first game is set for Wednesday evening in St. Louis. We'll keep the question open until then.

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5:58 am
Mon October 17, 2011

American Woman Stricken At South Pole Is Now In New Zealand

"An American woman who became ill while working at the South Pole has been evacuated by plane to New Zealand for medical treatment," The Associated Press reports. "Renee-Nicole Douceur tells the AP in an email sent Monday morning that she has landed in Christchurch and is scheduled for tests on Tuesday."

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5:30 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Drivers Had Safety Concerns Before Race That Took Indy Champ's Life

The car of driver Dan Wheldon bursts into flames during the Las Vegas Indy 300. Wheldon, 33, was killed.

Robert Laberge Getty Images

The fiery 15-car pileup Sunday that took the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was the type of disaster that drivers had been concerned about before the race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, WDET's Quinn Klinefelter said earlier on Morning Edition.

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4:53 am
Sat October 15, 2011

'Rapture' Prophet Camping: World Will 'Probably' End Quietly Next Friday

Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif., on May 23, 2011.

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

When we last heard from Harold Camping, the Family Radio broadcaster was conceding he'd been wrong about The Rapture beginning on May 21 — a prediction that had some folks selling their worldly possessions and traveling the nation to warn that the end was coming soon.

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11:51 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Two More Parts Of Alabama Immigration Law Put On Hold, Rest Upheld

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 11:52 am

"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the parts of Alabama's immigration law that require proof of lawful residency in the U.S. and track immigration information about newly enrolled students," The Huntsville Times writes.

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11:07 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Off With Their Wigs! Irish Judges No Longer Need To Don Horsehair

He might not be amused: Irish lawyer Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (1819-1880).

London Stereoscopic Company Getty Images

For first time since the 17th century, judges in Ireland no longer need to wear horsehair wigs while in court.

According to The Irish Times, the new rule won't just modernize the look of the court, it will also save the Irish government money. It has been paying about $3,000 each for wigs as new judges are appointed to the Supreme, High and Circuit courts.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Listen Up: Here's How Some Piranhas Bark Before They Bite

A red-bellied piranha. You don't want to hear one.

Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

We're not recommending you dive in to some South American stream to see if you can hear them do this, but this is just too interesting not to pass along.

National Geographic writes that:

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Fri October 14, 2011

If You're So Inclined, Don A Black Turtleneck For 'Steve Jobs Day'

Here's the look, and the website.

stevejobsday2011.com

Most fans of the late co-founder of Apple probably already know, but just in case:

Some folks have declared this to be "Steve Jobs Day," and are encouraging others to "Sport your black turtleneck, jeans, tennis shoes, and glasses and snap a pic!" They're also making it easy to donate money to cancer research in Jobs' memory.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Death Toll In Syria Exceeds 3,000, UN Says

Saying that the government's uses of "excessive force to crush peaceful protests" has led to a "devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives," the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights reported today that more than 3,000 people have now died because of the violence in Syria in recent months.

And at least 187 of the fatalities were children, Commissioner Navi Pillay added.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Retail Sales Rose 1.1 Percent In September

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 6:53 am

Driven by gains at car dealers, U.S. retail sales rose 1.1 percent in September from August, the Census Bureau just reported.

It's the strongest one-month gain since February's 1.3 percent increase.

And sales were up 7.9 percent from September 2010, Census adds.

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Berlusconi Survives Confidence Vote

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi sat in the lower chamber during today's confidence vote.

Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 6:52 am

Breaking news from The Associated Press:

"Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi survives confidence vote in Parliament."

The BBC says "Berlusconi won the vote by 316 to 301, the bare minimum he needed." That, it adds, "presages trouble ahead. ... If Mr Berlusconi has to get a vote of confidence on every issue, he will find it very difficult to govern."

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Bartender Who Famously Shamed A Nasty Non-Tipper Got Wrong Guy

The receipt that started it all.

Victoria Liss seattlepi.com

Don't "drunk dial" an old lover.

Double check the "To" address before sending an email about your incompetent boss.

And if someone really ticks you off, sleep on it before posting about what happened. You might decide in the morning that it's best left unsaid.

That last bit of advice comes to mind with the story of a Seattle bartender who exposed a "nasty non-tipper" on her Facebook page and mistakenly identified the wrong guy — causing headaches not only for him but for her as well.

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Park Cleanup Postponed

The scene at Zuccotti Park on Thursday as Occupy Wall Street protesters started their own cleanup.Â

Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Today's planned cleanup of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camped out for a month, has been postponed — bringing cheers and relief to those in the park, who thought the move might have been a ruse designed to evict or arrest them.

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