10:32am

Fri October 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Sept. 21, 2011. After two decades in Congress, a redrawn district has put his re-election in question.
T.J. Kirkpatrick The Washington Times /Landov

Democrats have an uphill battle to take control of the House of Representatives in November. But one bright spot for the party is in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

State Democrats redrew the district's boundaries, and now it favors their party. That leaves 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in trouble.

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10:07am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

What The ...? Tom Hanks Drops 'F-Bomb' On 'Good Morning America'

TMZ.com was on the story quickly.
TMZ.com

If we were asked to list actors who would be likely to slip up and drop the "f-bomb" on live, national TV, we don't think Tom Hanks would have come to mind.

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9:48am

Fri October 19, 2012
Top Stories

Biggest Pow-Wow in Tennessee This Weekend

NAIA

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Native American Indian Association is hosting its 31st Annual Pow-Wow and Fall Festival this weekend.

The gathering coincides with Native American Indian Month in Tennessee and serves to raise money for the organization’s projects and charities.

NAIA President, Sally Wells, is thankful for the public’s past support and attendance. With a long-time goal just within reach, she’s hopeful for another good turnout.

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9:39am

Fri October 19, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Charles Darwin And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:45 am

Aaron Birk

I guess everybody, even the smartest people who ever lived, have days when they feel dumb — really, really dumb. Oct. 1, 1861, was that kind of day for Charles Darwin.

In a letter to his friend Charles Lyell, Darwin says, "I am very poorly today," and then — and I want you to see this exactly as he wrote it, so you know this isn't a fake; it comes from the library of the American Philosophical Society, courtesy of their librarian Charles Greifenstein. Can you read it?

It says:

Whoah! You know the feeling, right?

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9:16am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Deadly Car Bomb In Downtown Beirut Causes Devastation

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:17 pm

Lebanese firefighters extinguish burning cars in Beirut following a huge bomb explosion.
Hussein Malla AP

A huge explosion in central Beirut has killed at least eight people and wounded at least 78, state media in Lebanon are reporting, according to NPR's Kelly McEvers. The target of the bomb isn't clear, but Reuters says the blast occurred on the same street that's home to a political group that opposes Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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9:09am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Dipped In September, But Prices Rose

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 9:19 am

A "sold" sign in San Francisco in August.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 1.7 percent drop in sales of existing homes in September from August, the National Association of Realtors says.

But the median selling price compared to one year earlier was up for the seventh month in a row, leading NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun to say "we're experiencing a genuine recovery."

According to NAR:

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8:16am

Fri October 19, 2012
MTSU Jazz Series

MTSU Jazz Artist Series To Begin New Season


The MTSU Jazz Artist Series begins its fourteenth season with jazz pianist, composer and arranger, Andy LaVerne, headlining alongside the MTSU Jazz faculty at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.


   The MTSU Jazz Artist series brings internationally-renowned jazz artists to the region for performances and educational workshops.

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7:56am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Suspect In Libya Attack Denies Involvement, Is Living In Open

Sept. 11: The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was aflame after coming under attack.
AFP/Getty Images

Not only is Ahmed Abu Khattala saying he wasn't part of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but the man who witnesses and officials have said was "a ringleader" that night is living openly and "scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments," The New York Times reports.

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7:05am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama, Romney Trade Jokes; Critics Aim At Obama's 'Optimal' Comment

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama at the 67th Al Smith Dinner in New York City Thursday night.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images
  • Scott Horsley on the NPR Newscast

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as predicted, took on the challenge of being funny last night at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City — which as we said Thursday has become a quadrennial must-stop on the campaign trail for those seeking the White House.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, they "added a laugh track to their campaigns."

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6:16am

Fri October 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Malala Stood For First Time Since Being Shot By Taliban, Doctors Say

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:20 am

Demonstrators in Islamabad at a protest earlier this week about Malala Yousafzai's shooting.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images
  • Larry Miller reporting

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who spoke out against the Taliban and was shot in the head by one of its gunman for her bravery, "has stood for the first time since her attack," ITV News, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

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