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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Thu April 18, 2013

7:55am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan last month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

The "4-week moving average" that gauges the trend rose by 2,750, to 361,250.

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7:38am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Ricin Suspect Described As Conspiracist & Elvis Impersonator

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 5:44 pm

A screen image from a video on the YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as "Elvis."
YouTube.com

Paul Kevin Curtis, the 45-year-old Mississippi man arrested Wednesday in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is "better known to some as a celebrity impersonator," The Clarion-Ledger writes.

The Jackson, Miss., newspaper adds:

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6:40am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Marathon Explosions: Thursday's Developments

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:11 am

The FBI released this photograph of a man they are calling a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
FBI

5:57am

Thu April 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:04 pm

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

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