11:08am

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Navy Vessel Fires At Speeding Boat Off Coast Of Dubai

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 3:16 pm

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain had opened fire on a speeding vessel off the coast of Dubai today.

In a press release, the Fifth Fleet said a small motor vessel disregarded warnings and approached the USNS Rappahannock. A security team about the Navy vessel "used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force."

The team aboard the vessel fired using a .50-caliber machine gun.

The AP reports:

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10:54am

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Perk Of Being Rich: Facebook's Zuckerberg Pays 1 Percent Interest On Mortgage

Mark Zuckerberg, right, and Andrew Houston, founder and chief executive of Dropbox, wait in a parked car for the traffic to clear out at the Sun Valley Lodge during the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference last week.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Last Thursday, the interest rate on 30-year mortgages dipped to its lowest level ever: 3.56 percent.

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10:13am

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Fifth Fatal Shark Attack Has Australia Reconsidering Great Whites' Protection

A Great White off the coast of South Africa in 2009.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

There are shark encounters you may laugh at — such as the one we posted about last week. The reactions of a young woman and man when a bull shark steals a fish from the end of her line are wonderful.

Then there are the stories that are no laughing matter — such as those coming in recent days from western Australia.

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9:09am

Mon July 16, 2012
Television

Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind 'The Newsroom'

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 10:16 am

Aaron Sorkin's work includes A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War and The Social Network.
HBO

Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom follows the inner workings of a fictional cable network trying to challenge America's hyperpartisan 24/7 news culture. It's a typical Sorkin drama, complete with fast-paced dialogue, witty scenes and a strong ensemble cast.

So why a newsroom?

"It suits my style," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I like writing about heroes [who] don't wear capes or disguises. You feel like, 'Gee, this looks like the real world and feels like the real world — why can't that be the real world?' "

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8:41am

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Twist, But Don't Shout: McCartney & Springsteen Have Plug Pulled In London

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 8:57 am

Paul McCartney, left, and Bruce Springsteen during Saturday's show in Hyde Park — before the plug was pulled. Frame grab from video posted by "BenR753" on YouTube.
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7:55am

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida A&M President's Resignation To Be Effective Immediately

James Ammons in 2006.
Gerry Broome AP

Instead of staying on until his retirement in October, it was reported this morning that Florida A&M University President James Ammons' resignation will be effective immediately.

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7:45am

Mon July 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Nonpartisan Agreement: Most Campaign Money Is Wasted

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 11:50 am

Republican and Democratic strategists tell NPR that most of the estimated $4 billion to be spent by the campaigns, political action committees and others on the 2012 presidential race will make no difference in the outcome.

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7:21am

Mon July 16, 2012

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