3:36pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Texas Company Charged In Illegal Technology Transfers To Russia

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:22 pm

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say they have broken up a ring that allegedly exported sensitive electronic technology to Russia.

Eight people were arrested today in Houston, including Alexander Fishenko, an immigrant from Kazakhstan who built a multi-million dollar export firm called Arc Electrics.

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3:18pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Bully Creep' Or 'Erudite Takedown?' TV Anchor's Response To Being Called Fat

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:11 am

La Crosse, Wis., TV anchor Jennifer Livingston during her on-air response.
WKBT

2:55pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Admit It: Medicare Errs In Crackdown On Hospital Quality

Whoops!
iStockphoto.com

Medicare has an embarrassing admission about readmissions: It goofed.

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2:49pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: If Captured Alive, Obama Favored Putting Osama Bin Laden On Trial

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:27 pm

In an interview with Vanity Fair's contributing editor, President Obama said if Osama bin Laden was captured alive, he would have favored putting him on trial in a federal courtroom.

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2:15pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Teddy Wins! Washington Nationals' Mascot Snaps 525-Game Losing Streak

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:15 am

Teddy broke the tape first today — after 525 losses over seven seasons.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

As monumental as the Washington Nationals' first trip to Major League Baseball's playoffs has been, this news may come close in importance for some fans in the nation's capital:

Teddy, one of the team's four presidential mascots, finally won a "race" today.

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2:11pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Iran's Ahmadinejad Could Become Scapegoat For Sanction Woes

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 8:41 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Economic sanctions have a reputation for being the international equivalent of a slap on the wrist. But in Iran, there's evidence that they are working, and that the country's flamboyant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might pay the price.

In the past year, Iran's currency has shed 80 percent of its value against the dollar, dropping by 25 percent in just the past week. That's caused a scramble for the few U.S. dollars available in the black market as people seek a safe haven against the free-falling rial.

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12:55pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Manhunt For Manatee-Riding Lady Comes To An End In Florida

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 1:19 pm

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez is seen attempting to ride a manatee.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

For a short period, yesterday, the hunt was on in Pinellas County, Florida for a lady photographed riding a manatee.

The sheriff's department called a deadly serious press conference in which they asked the help of the public in identifying the perpetrator. The lady was wearing a white cap, red shorts and a black bikini top. Witnesses in the area, the sheriff said in a statement, took photographs and contacted police.

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12:20pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Top Stories

Big Mid-State Employer Sees Sales Decline

The 2012 Nissan LEAF
Nissan

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Some disappointing sales numbers were released Wednesday by one of Middle Tennessee’s biggest employers.

Nissan reported a sales drop in September of 2.4 percent. The company’s North American division, headquartered in Franklin, fared somewhat better with a sales decline of just over one percent.

There were some bright spots. Sales of the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder were both up significantly.

Nissan says September sales of its new LEAF, all-electric vehicle, were the best the car has seen this year.

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12:12pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Top Stories

JUST ONE QUESTION: Gera Summerford, Tenn. Education Assoc.

TEA President Gera Summerford
TEA

DENVER (AP) — The first of three presidential debates takes place tonight in Denver.

The televised face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is a chance for voters to size up two fierce competitors, just five weeks before Election Day.

WMOT News is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance. Today, a question from Gera Summerford, president of Tennessee’s largest Teacher’s Union,.

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11:58am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 2:26 pm

Women and their children wait for medication and instructions on how to use it at the clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. Treating children with high levels of lead is a painstaking process that works only if their environment at home is free from lead.
David Gilkey NPR

Across a swath of northern Nigeria, a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, as lead from illegal gold mines sickens thousands of children.

More than 400 kids have died, and many more have been mentally stunted for life.

Doctors Without Borders, which has set up clinics to treat the children, is calling it one of the worst cases of environmental lead poisoning in recent history.

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