Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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10:09am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Rescuers Struggling To Reach Areas Of China Hit By Quake

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:47 pm

As rocks and dirt tumble down a mountainside (at left), a police officer urges people to stay back on a road in Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on Monday. Rescuers are having a hard time getting to victims of Saturday's strong earthquake because of aftershocks and landslides.
CHINA DAILY Reuters /Landov

Reaching the victims of Saturday's strong earthquake in China's Sichuan province remains difficult because of aftershocks and landslides.

According to Voice of America:

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9:19am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Slip As Inventories Tighten

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:42 pm

A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home last month in San Anselmo, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 0.6 percent dip in sales of existing homes in March from February, the National Association of Realtors reports, because the supply of homes for sale has tightened as the number of would-be buyers rises.

Its data suggest that sales ran at a 4.92 million annual rate last month, falling from a "downwardly revised" pace of 4.95 million the month before.

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8:38am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Her Behavior

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:34 pm

Actress Reese Witherspoon in a photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections after her arrest early Friday on a disorderly conduct charge.
AP

Now, something completely unrelated to the heavy news of recent days:

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," actress Reese Witherspoon says in a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly and other news outlets about her arrest Friday in Atlanta.

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7:42am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:52 am

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Boston Bombings: Monday's Developments; (our running coverage).

-- Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good.

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7:01am

Mon April 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:51 am

As the Mississippi River has risen in St. Louis, the city's Lewis and Clark statue has — as often happens in the spring — been partially submerged.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

The good news is that "the big river didn't get too big," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes this morning.

"Sandbags held back the cresting Mississippi River from several towns north of St. Louis on Sunday," it adds, "while the forecast for the immediate vicinity remained high but manageable."

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