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12:01pm

Tue July 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Vox Populi Strains Congress' Phone Lines, Websites

Originally published on Tue July 26, 2011 11:39 am

Americans are evidently responding to President Obama's request Monday evening that they contact their lawmakers.

Congress' phone lines and web sites were jammed Tuesday, becoming unavailable for many who tried to communicate with Capitol Hill.

Congress' call center sent the following email across Capitol Hill:

Due to the high volume of external calls, House telephone circuits serving 202-225-XXXX phone numbers are near capacity resulting in outside callers occasionally getting busy signals. Outbound calls are unaffected.

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11:50am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Amy Winehouse Celebrated By Family, Friends At Funeral Ceremony

Janis, (L) mother of late British singer Amy Winehouse, leaves after a cremation ceremony for her daughter in north London, on July 26, 2011.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Amy Winehouse's father, mother, brother and friends remembered the young singer Tuesday at an emotional funeral ceremony in north London's Edgwarebury Cemetery.

Several hundred people attended the Jewish service, where her father, Mitch Winehouse, ended his eulogy with these words: "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."

From the AP report on the funeral:

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11:32am

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

6-Year-Old Shark Attack Victim: 'I Forgive Him'

Lucy Magnum.
NBC

Lucy Magnum, 6, had the bad fortune of being attacked by a shark at North Carolina beach. Her story is a lot like what we've heard in the past: She was in shallow water when a shark came out of nowhere and took a bite out of her leg. She's fine, but she had 90 percent muscle and tendon tear and it'll take physical therapy before she's running around again.

What struck us about her story, though, is what her parents said the 6-year-old said about the shark that attacked her.

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11:19am

Tue July 26, 2011
Strange News

How Much Would You Pay For Bit Of Balloon Boy Lore?

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Many people pay to own a piece of history. Chunks of the Berlin Wall, for example, were sold in department stores. Soon you could buy a piece of non-history. In 2009, a couple claimed that a six-year-old boy had gone up with a weather balloon, prompting frantic rescue efforts. Turns out there was no boy onboard. It was a hoax. But a Colorado man paid $2,500 dollars for that balloon at auction. In a few months, he'll chop it up and sell off the pieces.

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11:06am

Tue July 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Rep. David Wu Is Resigning; Was House's First Chinese-American Lawmaker

Rep. David Wu, the first Chinese-American to serve in the House, announced Tuesday that he will resign, ending what seemed to be headed toward becoming another embarrassing congressional sex scandal.

The Oregon Democrat faced a House ethics investigation after allegations surfaced that he had what is being widely described as an "unwanted sexual encounter" with a teenager. The young person was the daughter of Wu's childhood friend.

The Oregonian reported:

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