11:58am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

'I'm Not A Hero,' Says Guard Who Stopped Gunman At School Board Meeting

"I'm not a hero folks; I just done my job."

That's what Mike Jones, the security guard who brought down gunman Clay Duke during Tuesday's school board meeting in Panama City, Fla., as Duke was firing away at school officials, just told reporters.

His words and humility say it all.

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11:44am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

Obama: U.S. Is 'On Track To Achieve Our Goals' In Afghanistan

President Obama and some of his top advisors this hour talked with reporters at the White House about the latest review of operations in Afghanistan, which (as NPR's Rachel Martin reported earlier) "concludes that there has been progress, but it's fragile."

The president was followed to the podium by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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10:55am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

Larry King Signs Off Tonight; What Would You Ask Him?

Love him. ... Hate him. ... Will miss him. ... Won't miss him.

Larry King signs off tonight after 25 years on CNN. ... The network says it has 6,120 shows in its Larry archive. ... That in his 50-year career he's done about 50,000 interviews.

End of an ... era?

Let's turn the tables on the 77-year-old Larry. ... If you had the chance, what would you ask him?

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10:40am

Thu December 16, 2010
Europe

Europe's Debt Crisis Tops Agenda at EU Meeting

European leaders are convening in Brussels on Thursday to discuss ways to steer the continent out of a debt crisis that shows few signs of abating, despite two multibillion-euro bailouts and European Central Bank moves to buy bonds of debt-ridden countries.

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9:45am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

Original 'Tea Party' Fans Take Note: Today's Your Day

The modern Tea Party movement has certainly been one of the more prominent political stories of the past couple years.

But for all of us who've forgotten a lot of what we should have learned in school, here's a Tea Party-related reminder:

The Boston Tea Party happened on Dec. 16, 1773 -- or 237 years ago today.

Need a refresher on it?

-- There's a history page at the website of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

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9:15am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

Latest Indicators: Jobless Claims Dip; Trade Gap Grows; Housing Starts Up

The number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits decreased by 3,000 last week, to 420,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Bloomberg News says that signals "a labor market that is on the mend" in part because the slight decline was unexpected and in part because claims have now dipped in three of the past four weeks.

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9:02am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

In Any U.S. Prosecution Of WikiLeaks' Assange, Collusion Will Be Key Issue

There's more to think about this morning on the issue of whether the U.S. government might be able to bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for exposing hundreds of thousands of previously secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

The New York Times writes that:

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8:34am

Thu December 16, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Tainted Food A Common Cause Of Illness

Did something you ate make you sick this year? If so, you had plenty of company.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new estimates of the toll foodborne illnesses take on Americans and the upshot is that 1 in 6 of us get hit by a bug from some sort of food in any given year.

The final tally of people made ill by food, which the public health gurus say is the most detailed since a 1999 estimate, looks like this:

  • 48 million sickened
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8:33am

Thu December 16, 2010
Law

WikiLeaks Founder Assange To Go Free

Originally published on Thu December 16, 2010 6:33 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walked out of a British prison Thursday after a judge rejected an appeal that would have kept him behind bars while he awaits an extradition hearing. The former hacker is wanted in Sweden for questioning in a sex-crimes investigation.

Assange thanked his supporters outside a courtroom in London.

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6:00am

Thu December 16, 2010
The Two-Way

Afghan Review Cites 'Fragile And Reversible' Progress

The Obama administration released Thursday the strategic review that the president ordered last year of the war in Afghanistan.

Among the main findings:

"In Afghanistan, the momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key areas, although these gains remain fragile and reversible."

And

"Consolidating those gains will require that we make more progress with Pakistan to eliminate sanctuaries for violent extremist networks."

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