11:46am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Costa Rica Will Do Away With Caged Animals At Its Zoos

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:54 am

A spider monkey sits inside its cage last month at the Simon Bolivar Zoo, which recently celebrated its 97th anniversary, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Hector Retamal AFP/Getty Images

Here's a bit of news that has been making the rounds in Costa Rica for more than a week but is just now picking up steam stateside: Saying it's time for a more natural experience, Costa Rica's minister for energy and environment said they would get rid of caged animals at the country's public zoos by next year.

The Associated Press, which resurfaced the story today, reports:

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11:23am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

San Diego Mayor Starting Rehab; Accusers Count Now At 10

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in July.
Bill Wechter Getty Images

Today's the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who's now been accused by 10 women of sexual harassment, is to start two weeks of treatment at a behavior counseling clinic.

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10:28am

Mon August 5, 2013
Music

Celebrate the Heritage of American Music August 10 & 11 at the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival

Credit Bessie Smith Cultural Center

The 6th annual Bessie Smith Heritage Festival in Chattanooga Tennessee is a celebration of jazz and soul music.  This year the festival will be held in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in the heart of Chattanooga.

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10:17am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Bike Commuter Miffed By Notice Of 15-Minute-Only Parking

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:24 am

"So I got a ticket," bike commuter Molly Millar wrote in a tweet last week. The Vancouver cyclist had left her bike in a rack outside her office building.
Molly Millar Twitter

A cyclist who commutes to work in Vancouver, Canada, was surprised and angered last week when she found a note from her office building on her bike that threatened its confiscation. Her offense? Parking in the "15-minute-only" bike rack.

"So I got a ticket from #CadillacFairview for parking my bike outside their building/my office," tweeted Molly Millar, who works in the Vancouver Sun & Province Building, also known as Granville Square.

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10:17am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

4-Year-Old Re-Elected 'Mayor' Of Minnesota Town

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 10:27 am

Mayor Bobby Tufts of Dorset, Minn.
Jeff Baenen AP

His second job will be at a pre-school.

As a student.

Four-year-old Bobby Tufts was re-elected "mayor" over the weekend in the tiny northern Minnesota community of Dorset. We say "mayor" because Dorset doesn't really have a government. It doesn't even have many people — "22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town," according to CBS Minnesota.

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10:11am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Woman Killed In Venice Beach Rampage Was On Her Honeymoon

Flowers and notes have been left at the scene in Venice Beach, Calif., where Italian honeymooner Alice Gruppioni was killed and about a dozen more people were injured by a car that plowed through crowds on the boardwalk.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

The young woman killed Saturday when a car plowed through the crowded boardwalk in Venice Beach, Calif., was an Italian honeymooner.

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8:21am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Terror Threat Shakes Up NSA Debate, Unites Some Lawmakers

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:17 am

A checkpoint leading to the closed U.S. Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Saturday.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration's weekend decision to close diplomatic posts from Central Asia through the Middle East and into North Africa has led to applause from "rattled lawmakers in both parties," The Washington Post writes.

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7:33am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:49 pm

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

(We most recently updated this post at 6:48 p.m. ET.)

New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's brightest stars and its highest-paid player, will be suspended through the 2014 regular season because he violated parts of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league said today.

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7:20am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 2:10 pm

The Justice Department is asking the court to force Apple to submit to broad oversight.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:09am

Mon August 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Sideburns Contest To Honor Commodore Perry

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a major victory over the British 200 years ago at the Battle of Lake Erie. On Wednesday the citizens of Erie, Pa., will honor him the best way they know how — with a sideburns contest. Judges are looking for sideburns that resemble Commodore Perry's famous mutton chops.

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