The Two-Way
12:02 am
Wed September 3, 2014

U.S. Boosts Baghdad Diplomatic Security With 350 More Soldiers

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets U.S. Marines as he arrives June 23 at the American embassy in the International Zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 12:08 am

The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the Iraqi capital.

That raises the number of U.S. forces in the country to more than 1,000, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The additional troops, which were requested by the State Department, will not serve in a combat role.

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10:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

A Russian capsule that housed a gecko space-sex experiment. The geckos all died.

Space is a dangerous place. That message resonated again on Monday, when the Russian Federal Space Agency — Roscosmos — announced that a team of experimental geckos tasked with copulating while in orbit did not survive their journey.

"All geckos, unfortunately, died," the space agency said in a terse statement.

Roscosmos is launching an investigation into the exact circumstances surrounding the geckos' deaths, but the mission seemed star-crossed from the start.

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4:38 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:55 pm

To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained, as well as how you can protect your own material saved to the cloud.

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4:19 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

MRAPs And Bayonets: What We Know About The Pentagon's 1033 Program


Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 6:02 pm

Amid widespread criticism of the deployment of military-grade weapons and vehicles by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama recently ordered a review of federal efforts supplying equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

So, we decided to take a look at what the president might find.

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Goats and Soda
3:19 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

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A newly released video shows health workers in Liberia attempting to capture a suspected Ebola patient, who had allegedly escaped from a treatment center on Sept. 1.

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All Tech Considered
3:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

Actor and typewriter aficionado Tom Hanks says typing on a typewriter "is only a softer version of chiseling words into stone."

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Tom Hanks' love affair with typewriters began in the 1970s, with his first proper typewriter — a Hermes 2000. Typewriters are "beautiful works of art," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And I've ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible."

Hanks admits he started his collection when he had a "little excess cash" but, he points out, it's "better to spend it on $50 typewriters than some of the other things you can blow show-business money on."

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Shots - Health News
3:14 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Double Mastectomies Don't Increase Cancer Survival Rates

Double mastectomy has become increasingly popular as a breast cancer treatment, but it may not reduce cancer risk.
Sladjana Lukic iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:18 pm

More women are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, even though there's little evidence that removing both breasts improves their survival compared with more conservative treatments.

The biggest study yet on the question has found no survival benefit with bilateral mastectomy compared with breast-conserving surgery with radiation.

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3:11 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sounds From The First Day Of School

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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

The day after Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer break and the start of the school year. But for students in many parts of the country, the school year has already started.

Whether you're struggling to find your classroom or remember your locker combination, the first day is a big one for students, teachers and families.

With millions of children headed back to school, we asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds of that first day:

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3:10 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities. To learn more about why, and what North Korea hopes to gain from the publicity, Melissa Block talks with Georgetown professor Victor Cha, the former director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

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