1:44pm

Thu August 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Brawl Between U.S. College, Chinese Teams Ends Basketball Exhibition

An exhibition basketball game between Georgetown University's Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets descended into a brawl and then a full-on melee Thursday, one day after visiting Vice President Joe Biden stopped by to watch Georgetown play another team, the Shanxi Brave Dragons, in Beijing.

Both the Rockets and the Brave Dragons are professional teams. In Wednesday's game, the Hoyas beat the Brave Dragons, 98-81.

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12:59pm

Thu August 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Skin Cancer Drug Gets Quick Approval

Roche Genentech developed a new melanoma drug for people with advanced cases.
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The drug got the green light faster than many other drugs under review, and advocates of personalized medicine say this bodes well for other gene-based drugs in development.

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12:33pm

Thu August 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Anti-Corruption Crusader Strikes Deal With Indian Police, Ending Standoff

Anna Hazare will be allowed to stage a 15-day public hunger strike in New Delhi. As we reported yesterday, Hazare was in a standoff with the Indian government, which arrested him for planning a protest without a permit.

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12:13pm

Thu August 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Tiny Pacific Island Hit By First Bank Robbery

Police have been flown into the tiny Pacific resort island of Aitutaki, where officials say their bank has been robbed — a first for the small, tight-knit community. Part of the Cook Islands, Aitutaki is famous for its beaches, which ring a large lagoon full of clear, ice-blue water.

Tourism is the island's biggest industry — and that has local officials thinking that the shocking bank robbery was perpetrated by a visitor, not a resident.

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12:00pm

Thu August 18, 2011
Business

There's Always Work At The Post Office? Maybe Not

The U.S. Postal Service proposed this month to cut 120,000 jobs. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with two former postal workers about what the USPS means to them, whether Americans still need the post office like they used to, and what the the future of USPS may entail.

12:00pm

Thu August 18, 2011
Technology

Technology: Help Or Hindrance To Law Enforcement?

The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency suspended cellular service to prevent a protest in San Francisco's subway last week. Such news prompts the question of how police can best enforce the law in the digital world. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with a San Francisco Chronicle journalist and an Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney.

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

11:16am

Thu August 18, 2011
Monkey See

The Fine Art Of Walking Out

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Television image via CNN

Last night, Christine O'Donnell, who was a much-discussed Senate candidate in Delaware last year and author of a new book, walked out on her interview with CNN's Piers Morgan after he asked her to talk about gay marriage, which she said was rude, because she was there to discuss — in her words — one of "the issues that I choose to talk about in the book." Ultimately, their disagreement came down to her assertion that as a host, it's rude to ask her things other than the things she wants to be asked about.

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10:36am

Thu August 18, 2011
Business

S&P Faces Inquiry Over Mortgage Security Ratings

The Justice Department is investigating whether Standard & Poor's improperly boosted ratings on mortgage securities that later turned out to be toxic, helping trigger the worst financial crisis in decades.

NPR has confirmed the investigation, first reported Wednesday by The New York Times.

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10:29am

Thu August 18, 2011
Middle East

Obama Calls For Syria's President To Resign

Originally published on Thu August 18, 2011 10:30 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

President Obama today released a written statement calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. In his statement, President Obama condemned, quote, "the disgraceful attacks on Syrian civilians." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that call in an announcement from the State Department.

Secretary HILLARY CLINTON (State Department): Assad is standing in their way. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for him to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves.

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