National

1:43pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

New Report Sheds Light On Life In Solitary Confinement

A typical special housing unit (SHU) cell for two prisoners, in use at Upstate Correctional Facility and SHU 20.0.s in New York.
NYACLU

A year-long study released today is providing insight into the effects of solitary confinement in New York state prisons.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New York talked to more than 100 people who spent time in "extreme isolation." In many cases, they received letters from those people.

Read more

12:49pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Currency In Crisis: Collapse Of Iran's Rial Continues

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 2:56 pm

A 20,000 rial banknote, which today was worth less than 60 cents.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

One U.S. dollar was worth 35,500 Iranian rials today, The Associated Press reports, as the collapse of the Persian nation's currency continued.

Two years ago, the rial traded at 10,000 to the dollar. It has lost about a quarter of its value in just the past week, Business Insider says.

Read more
Tags: 

11:43am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Pope's Butler Pleads Innocent, But Says He Betrayed Pontiff

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 4:14 pm

Pope Benedict XVI and his former butler, Paolo Gabriele (center), are shown at the Vatican in this file photo. The pope's private secretary, Georg Gaenswein, is on the left.
Andrew Medichini AP

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler took the stand at his trial Tuesday and offered a somewhat contradictory message: He declared himself innocent of stealing papal documents, but acknowledged betraying the trust of Pope Benedict XVI.

As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, Paolo Gabriele, 46, is charged with stealing documents pointing to corruption and power struggles with the church. Prosecutors say Gabriele has confessed to giving the material to an Italian journalist, and that his motive was to expose "evil and corruption" in the church.

Read more
Tags: 

11:14am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

House Committee: Washington Denied More Security For Libyan Consulate

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 12:00 pm

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi after an attack by an armed group.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Before the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the U.S. mission had made "repeated requests" for more security at the compound.

According to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform those requests by U.S. mission in Libya were denied by "officials in Washington."

Read more

10:42am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Weather Channel Will Start Naming Winter Storms

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:46 am

A person uses cross country skis to get up 26th Street NW near P Street in the snow in Washington in 2010.
Alex Brandon AP

For a long time now, winter storms that cause significant headaches are named posthumously. Think about the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922, which got its name after it collapsed the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, D.C, or the School House Blizzard of 1888, which killed hundreds, including many students making their way to school.

Read more

Pages