2:09pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

To Help Dissidents, YouTube Introduces Face-Blurring Tool

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 6:58 pm

A screenshot of how the face-blurring technology works.
YouTube

In an effort to make posting video on YouTube safer for activists, YouTube has announced a new tool that automatically obscures faces.

"Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old's basketball game without broadcasting the children's faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube," Amanda Conway, a policy associate at YouTube wrote in a blog post.

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1:43pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Human Tissue Donation

Am I A Tissue Donor, Too?

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 8:20 pm

Organ and tissue donation forms vary from state to state. Some are very general, while others allow people to choose or restrict what they want to donate.
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Part 3 in a four-part series

Maybe you've agreed to be an organ donor. There might be something on your driver's license — a red heart, a pink dot or the word "Donor" — to show it. That also means you've very likely agreed — even if you don't realize it — to donate more than just your organs.

I know that I'm an organ donor. I signed up years ago, when I renewed my driver's license. But I had no idea that I'd also signed up to donate my tissue. That is, until Laura Siminoff, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school, explained it to me.

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1:27pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Netanyahu Points At Iran After Explosion In Bulgaria Kills Israelis

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 8:42 am

One bus was largely destroyed and others nearby were damaged by today's explosion in Bulgaria.
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Reports vary on the number of deaths in Bulgaria today from an explosion that tore apart a bus carrying Israeli tourists, most of them reportedly young people in the Black Sea city of Burgas on vacation.

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1:09pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In First Enforcement, Consumer Watchdog Fines Capital One

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 1:20 pm

People use an ATM at a Capital One Bank branch in Washington in April 2012.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Capital One Bank has agreed to refund two million of its customers $140 million over allegations that it used deceptive marketing tactics to pressure or mislead customers into buying add-on products, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today. The bank and credit-card lending company will also pay a $25 million penalty.

This is the consumer watchdog agency's first public enforcement action.

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12:23pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Disasters Declared In More Counties; 1,297 Affected So Far

A corn plant that was struggling to survive this week in a drought-stricken farm field near Shawneetown, Ill.
Scott Olson Getty Images

With the addition of 29 counties in eight states today, there are now 1,297 counties across the nation so stricken by drought and heat that they've been declared natural disaster areas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced. That's about one-third of all U.S. counties, he said.

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12:04pm

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Has Syria Reached A Tipping Point?

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 12:27 pm

Video taken from Syrian TV purportedly shows government forces taking up position during clashes with rebels Wednesday in the Al-Midan district of Damascus.
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In most every uprising that topples a government, there's a pivotal moment when the momentum swings dramatically to the opposition and a regime that once seemed sturdy suddenly appears extremely vulnerable.

That moment may have come with Wednesday's bombing inside the National Security building in Damascus, the most powerful blow the Syrian opposition has yet delivered to President Bashar Assad's regime since the uprising began in March 2011.

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11:47am

Wed July 18, 2012
The Salt

Hot Or Not? Potato Board Tries To Un-Dud The Spud

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 5:21 pm

Tiny spuds decked out with cheese fondue sauce and a sprinkling of broccoli shavings at a dinner sponsored by the U.S. Potato Board.
Benjamin Morris/NPR

It may not be obvious to the average shopper or diner, but the potato is an embattled vegetable. Yes, the simple spud, so ubiquitous, so unassuming, may be in need of a makeover.

That's at least the view of the U.S. Potato Board, the organization responsible for marketing American potatoes here at home and abroad.

"The potato has been in a rut," Meredith Myers, spokeswoman for the U.S. Potato Board, tells The Salt.

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11:38am

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over Targeted Killing Of Three Citizens

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 4:30 pm

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites in November, 2010.
SITE Intelligence Group AP

In a lawsuit filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights allege the United States violated the Constitution's gurantee of due process when it ordered the targeted killing of three United States citizens.

The groups filed the suit against top military and intelligence officials on behalf relatives of the three Americans who were killed in drone strikes in Yemen last fall.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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11:33am

Wed July 18, 2012
Anti-Government Protests Roil Egypt

A Reporter Looks At Where Egypt May Be Headed

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 11:03 am

Demonstrators chant slogans supporting Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday.
Khalil Hamra AP

Reporter David Kirkpatrick covered Washington's political scene for many years for The New York Times. But early last year, he decided that he was ready for a change of scenery. Kirkpatrick volunteered to move to Egypt to become the Times' Cairo bureau chief — and boy, was his timing good.

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11:28am

Wed July 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports That Gov. Christie Will Give Keynote Tamp Down Veep Talk

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
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News that first broke in the New York Post would seem to signal that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't going to be the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee.

The Post reports that "the word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey. ... Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech" at the GOP convention in Tampa next month.

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