2:55pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Microsoft Gives Hotmail A Facelift, Says It Will Transition It To Outlook

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:00 am

The new Outlook is incorporated with other services like Skype.
Microsoft

Microsoft announced that Hotmail — the email service with 324 million users — will transition into a web and more social version of Microsoft's Outlook.

Reuters reports that Microsoft made the announcement, as they showed off their free web version of the email program it is renowned for.

Reuters adds:

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2:51pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

British Teen Arrested Over Tweet To Olympic Diver

Tom Daley (R) and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving Tuesday in London, England.
Clive Rose Getty Images

A mean-spirited tweet has landed a 17-year-old British boy in jail.

It all started when British divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield placed fourth in the men's synchronized 10 meter diving event.

As the BBC tells it, Daley's father was "was instrumental in helping his son become one of the world's top divers." But in 2006, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and 2011 he died.

"I'm doing it for myself and my dad," Daley, 18, told the BBC before the event. "It was both our dreams from a very young age."

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2:33pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Music Reviews

Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 9:33 am

The Fat Boys in 1990. Left to right: Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley, Darren "Buff Love" Robinson and Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales.
Ebet Roberts Redferns

2:27pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Afghanistan

U.S. Wages Sisyphean War Against Afghan Corruption

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:35 pm

U.S. investigators allege that Afghan Gen. Ahmad Zia Yaftali stole tens of millions of dollars' worth of medicine from the Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in Kabul. He has been removed from that post, but has not been prosecuted. He's shown here at the hospital on Dec. 18, 2010.
Altaf Qadri AP

U.S. officials consider widespread corruption one of the main barriers to a stable Afghanistan. They say it undermines support for the government and helps fuel the Taliban insurgency.

The U.S. has trained Afghan investigators and assisted in high-level corruption probes, yet the U.S. has little to show for its efforts.

The U.S. has created several task forces, including a one that's currently being set up: the Illicit Activities Initiative for Afghanistan, based in Washington.

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2:10pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced on Tuesday an agreement to avoid a government shutdown shortly before the November election," The Hill writes. "He said he, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Obama have all agreed to the deal."

Boehner confirmed the news in an email his staff just sent to reporters:

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1:43pm

Tue July 31, 2012
U.S.

America's 'Most Polluted' Lake Finally Comes Clean

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 10:41 pm

Participants in a fishing derby cast lines from a pier near Onondaga Lake's outflow in Syracuse, N.Y.
David Chanatry for NPR

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century's worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin.

Standing in his office amid stacks of reports, scientist Steve Effler glances at an old front-page headline of the Syracuse Herald-Journal: "Divers find goo in Onondaga Lake."

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12:39pm

Tue July 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Chooses San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro As Convention Keynoter

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 3:29 pm

In what now looks like practice for the big show to come, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston on June 8.
Pat Sullivan AP

12:36pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Torch

U.S. Women Gymnastics Team Wins Gold Medal

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:35 pm

Young Skywalker: Gabby Douglas helped solidify the U.S. women's team grip on gymnastics gold. The Americans beat Russia and Romania.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

The U.S. women's gymnastics team has won the team gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, handily beating Russia, which took silver, and Romania, which took bronze. China finished fourth.

Update at 2:25 p.m. EDT: The U.S. women led off with their strength — the vault. The apparatus gives them an advantage, and not only because Maroney is the world champion and gold-medal favorite in the event.

The AP describes why:

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12:28pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Dying Man's Wish To Leave $500 Tip Turns Into Nearly $50,000 Charity

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 9:13 am

Aaron Collins, who wanted to leave a big tip.
Facebook.com/AaronsLastWish

12:26pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Online Poker Companies Strike Deal With Justice, Will Reimburse U.S. Customers

Federal prosecutors shut down the three most popular online poker sites Friday.
iStockphoto.com

Pokerstars, an online gambling site, says that it has reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice in which it has agreed pay the government $547 million over three years, part of which will be used to reimburse customers of the site Full Tilt Poker.

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