10:36am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Suspicious Letter Found; Was Sent To Obama

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 8:04 pm

A Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT) truck outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Update at 8:44 p.m. ET. Authorities Make An Arrest:

Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the suspicious envelopes sent to a senator and President Obama.

The FBI identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis.

The The Clarion Ledger reports:

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9:37am

Wed April 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Boston Blasts A Reminder Of 'The Fragility Of Life'

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:33 pm

Jillian Blenis, 30, of Boston reacts while stopping at a makeshift memorial to marathon bombing victims Wednesday.
Julio Cortez AP

From the first explosion in Boston on Monday to the second, just 15 seconds elapsed. And in those 15 seconds, three people were mortally wounded, including an 8-year-old boy. The number of injured topped 100, and for those of us watching, it was a profound reminder of a reality we'd prefer to ignore.

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9:15am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Salt

'Modern Art Desserts': How To Bake A Mondrian In Your Oven

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Left: One of Piet Mondrian's grid-like color block compositions. Right: Caitlin Freeman's cake homage.
Art 2013 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International USA Reprinted by permission from 'Modern Art Desserts'

As an artist, Caitlin Freeman found her calling in cake.

Freeman started out wanting to be an art photographer. But one day, while still in art school, she came across Display Cakes, artist Wayne Thiebaud's 1963 painting of frosted confections, during a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The image was so arresting, it stayed with her for years, and later inspired her to set off on a completely different career path: baking.

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9:11am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Prosecutor Murder: Wife Of Jailed Ex-Justice Arrested

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:44 pm

A wreath of flowers in honor of slain District Attorney Mike McClelland at the Kaufman County [Texas] Courthouse in early April.
Richard Rodriguez Reuters /Landov

"The wife of a former justice of the peace is being held on a capital murder charge in the killings of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor," The Dallas Morning News reports.

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9:00am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

American: 'Near Normal' Flights After Day Of Delays

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 10:53 am

American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on Tuesday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

American Airlines has promised passengers that Wednesday's flight schedule will be nothing like the day before, when thousands were stranded due to a glitch in the reservations system that forced hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed.

American Airlines and American Eagle scuttled 970 flights and delayed more than 1,000 others Tuesday, The Associated Press said, citing flight-tracking service FlightAware.com.

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8:29am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Pat Summerall Was The 'Voice Of Football,' Says John Madden

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:49 pm

Pat Summerall in 1989, when he was broadcasting for CBS Sports.
CBS /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on Pat Summerall

Pat Summerall was the "voice of football and always will be," longtime broadcasting partner John Madden said Tuesday.

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7:58am

Wed April 17, 2013
Arts

Mid-State School Wins National Contest

Credit nbc.com/smash/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Drama students at Murfreesboro’s Central Magnet School have something to sing about.

Central’s Drama Department learned recently that the school has won a national contest put on by the NBC-TV program SMASH called "Make a Musical."

Central received more than 53,000 online votes to win, more than any other school in the nation. Student Emily Wilson says the school really appreciated the support.

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7:27am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Pulitzer 'Winner' Takes on A Whole New Meaning

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:27 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:32am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

For Thatcher, 'A Great Calm' After A Life Of Controversy

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:52 pm

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral was held Wednesday at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.
Christopher Furlong EPA /LANDOV

Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister whose time leading Great Britain in the 1980s brought joy to conservatives and despair to liberals, was remembered Wednesday for "a life lived in the heat of political controversy."

With her death last week at the age of 87, "there is great calm" for the Iron Lady, added the bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, during a funeral service at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.

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5:50am

Wed April 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Marathon Explosions: Wednesday's Developments

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 6:50 am

Flowers, flags and balloons at a memorial in Boston near the site of Monday's explosions.
Wang Lei Xinhua /Landov

(Note at 7:50 a.m. ET, April 18: We've begun a new post to track Thursday's developments.)

Investigators made progress Wednesday, as they tried to determine who planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and injuring about 180.

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