1:43pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Phone Hacking Probe Extends To Stolen Cellphones

The British probe into Rupert Murdoch's tabloid operations has extended into an investigation of information obtained from stolen cellphones. The New York Times reports that a senior police officer testified that an investigation found payoffs were given to public officials and that medical and banking records were obtained illegally.

The Times adds:

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1:35pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Ochocinco Is Oh So Over; NFL Player Officially Goes Back To His Old Name

The then-Chad Ochocinco when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. He had changed his name the year before. Now, he's back to being Chad Johnson.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Chad Ochocinco has been deep-sixed.

After unofficially changing his name (but not his @ochocinco Twitter handle) back to what it used to be, the Miami Dolphins' No. 85 officially once again became Chad Johnson today.

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12:33pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Message To Syria: You Can't Use Chemical Weapons On Foreigners, Either

Headlines today about one of the latest statements from the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad have tended to focus on the news that a spokesman says the government would never use chemical or biological weapons against its own people.

The stories take two angles: One, that this confirms Syria has such weapons; two, that it's good the regime says it won't use them on civilians.

Of course, the regime has also pledged to abide by a ceasefire brokered by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and in the ensuing weeks the bloodshed in Syria has continued.

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12:20pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Employee Admits To Setting Navy Sub Fire To Get Out Of Work Early

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 12:29 pm

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) enters a dry dock to begin an engineered overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.
Jim Cleveland U.S. Navy

You remember that fire on the Navy submarine that caused $400 million in damage in May? Last month, we told you that a preliminary investigation had found the fire was started by a vacuum cleaner.

Well, it gets weirder.

Today, we learn that a civilian employee has admitted to setting the fire because he wanted to get out of work early.

The Associated Press reports:

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11:47am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Two-Way

In Anaheim, Protests Erupt Over Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

A police dog attacks protesters.
CBS News

Over the weekend things have been very tense in Anaheim, Calif. For two days, people have protested the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer.

As the AP reports, last night protesters set fire to a dumpster after earlier having stormed the police headquarters lobby "as the police chief prepared to hold a news conference to discuss the case."

The AP adds:

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11:43am

Mon July 23, 2012
The Torch

Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:39 am

Britain's Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Hundreds of Muslim athletes are participating in the London Olympics, which officially begin Friday. But along with travel and other logistics, they're also adjusting to Ramadan, the holy month that requires them to fast.

Many athletes say they'll forego the ban on consuming food and drink, as Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports on Morning Edition. The daylong fast is a threat to a strong performance — and their hopes of bringing pride to their nation, they say.

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11:41am

Mon July 23, 2012
Top Stories

UT Knoxville Researcher Earns Top Enviro Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn, (WMOT)  --  A University of Tennessee researcher has been awarded the world’s top prize in the field of environmental science.

UT Knoxville’s Dr. Daniel Simberloff has won Spains 2012 Ramon Margalef Award for Ecology. Simberloff specializes in the study of invasive species.

Although he's conducted research worldwide, Simberloff says he doesn’t have to leave Tennessee to find invasive species.  He notes, for instance, the imported insects that are currently killing Tennessee’s hemlocks and ash trees.

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11:38am

Mon July 23, 2012
Space

Jill Tarter: A Scientist Searching For Alien Life

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 2:18 pm

The Eskimo Nebula, as shown through the Hubble Telescope.
NASA/Flickr

As a child, astronomer Jill Tarter would walk along the beaches of western Florida with her father and look up at the stars.

"I assumed, at that time, that along some beach on some planet, there would be a small creature walking with its dad and they would see our sun in their sky, and they might wonder whether anyone was there," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "But I never thought about it professionally until graduate school."

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11:37am

Mon July 23, 2012
Top Stories

Tennesseans Take to Early Voting Option

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting is gaining popularity in Tennessee.

Tennessee Election Commission Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins  says this year's early voting turnout is on track to surpass the last two comparable August elections.

Goins says early voting started in 1994 and has become more popular every year.  Voters clearly like early voting, and Goins says the option also reduces the strain on state resources.

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11:32am

Mon July 23, 2012
Top Stories

Tennesse Student College Loan Debt Relatively Low

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee generally scores poorly on education-related “best of” lists, but there are exceptions. The state fares well when the subject turns to student loan debt.

USA Today notes that total student debt in the U.S. has now passed the $1 trillion mark, for the first time exceeding the nation’s credit-card debt.

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