2:36pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Company Charged In Illegal Technology Transfers To Russia

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:22 pm

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say they have broken up a ring that allegedly exported sensitive electronic technology to Russia.

Eight people were arrested today in Houston, including Alexander Fishenko, an immigrant from Kazakhstan who built a multi-million dollar export firm called Arc Electrics.

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2:18pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Bully Creep' Or 'Erudite Takedown?' TV Anchor's Response To Being Called Fat

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 5:11 am

La Crosse, Wis., TV anchor Jennifer Livingston during her on-air response.
WKBT

1:55pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Admit It: Medicare Errs In Crackdown On Hospital Quality

Whoops!
iStockphoto.com

Medicare has an embarrassing admission about readmissions: It goofed.

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1:49pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: If Captured Alive, Obama Favored Putting Osama Bin Laden On Trial

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:27 pm

In an interview with Vanity Fair's contributing editor, President Obama said if Osama bin Laden was captured alive, he would have favored putting him on trial in a federal courtroom.

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1:15pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Teddy Wins! Washington Nationals' Mascot Snaps 525-Game Losing Streak

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:15 am

Teddy broke the tape first today รขย€ย” after 525 losses over seven seasons.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

As monumental as the Washington Nationals' first trip to Major League Baseball's playoffs has been, this news may come close in importance for some fans in the nation's capital:

Teddy, one of the team's four presidential mascots, finally won a "race" today.

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1:11pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran's Ahmadinejad Could Become Scapegoat For Sanction Woes

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 7:41 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Economic sanctions have a reputation for being the international equivalent of a slap on the wrist. But in Iran, there's evidence that they are working, and that the country's flamboyant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might pay the price.

In the past year, Iran's currency has shed 80 percent of its value against the dollar, dropping by 25 percent in just the past week. That's caused a scramble for the few U.S. dollars available in the black market as people seek a safe haven against the free-falling rial.

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12:48pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Music Reviews

Low Cut Connie: The Self-Deprecating Bar Band

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:47 am

Low Cut Connie's Call Me Sylvia is as raucous as its debut, though it's a bit more self-conscious.
Courtesy of the artist

Low Cut Connie is one of an increasingly rare breed: a party band, a bar band, a band with a sense of rock 'n' roll history that isn't weighed down by nostalgia or the foolish feeling that music was better way back when. Positive fellows, for the most part, even when they're in their cups, these guys "say yes," as the title of one song goes, to a life in music. Oh, and they're also trying to get women to say yes to their craven come-ons.

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12:39pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Author Interviews

Tobolowsky: An Actor's Life 'Low On The Totem Pole'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 8:37 am

Stephen Tobolowsky is an actor and writer. He also hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files.
Jim Britt Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

If you saw Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you might think you know him from somewhere. The character actor has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, with recurring roles in Heroes, Deadwood, Glee and now The Mindy Project.

In his memoir, The Dangerous Animals Club, Toboloswky charts the highs and lows of life as a character actor. Some of his roles have been so small, he says, his characters didn't even have names โ€” as, for example, with his turn as "Buttcrack Plumber."

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11:55am

Wed October 3, 2012
Commentary

When Words Were Worth Fighting Over

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 1:10 pm

In 1961, the publication of Merriam-Webster's Third International Dictionary sparked an uproar with its inclusion of the word "ain't."
Flickr User Greeblie

I have a quibble with the title of David Skinner's new book, The Story of Ain't. In fact, that pariah contraction plays only a supporting role in the story. The book is really an account of one of the oddest episodes in American cultural history, the brouhaha over the appearance of Merriam-Webster's Third International Dictionary in 1961.

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11:55am

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Manhunt For Manatee-Riding Lady Comes To An End In Florida

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 12:19 pm

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez is seen attempting to ride a manatee.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

For a short period, yesterday, the hunt was on in Pinellas County, Florida for a lady photographed riding a manatee.

The sheriff's department called a deadly serious press conference in which they asked the help of the public in identifying the perpetrator. The lady was wearing a white cap, red shorts and a black bikini top. Witnesses in the area, the sheriff said in a statement, took photographs and contacted police.

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