12:28pm

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Let Women Ride In The Tour De France, Cyclists Say In Petition

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:13 pm

A woman takes a picture of a little girl posing in a cyclist cutout at the 2013 Tour de France. A new petition calls for including women in the epic race.
Jeff Pachoud AFP/Getty Images

Calling road cycling "one of the worst offenders" in gender inequity, four elite female athletes have created a petition to ask the sport's hallmark event, the Tour de France, to include women next year. Citing the inclusion of women at the world's top marathons, the petition's authors say, "After a century, it is about time women are allowed to race the Tour de France, too."

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12:28pm

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia Reportedly Goes Retro To Keep Kremlin Secrets

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:00 pm

A Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications is reportedly looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

The Russian agency charged with safeguarding Kremlin communications is said to be opting for a low-tech solution to secure top-secret messages in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal: typewriters.

Izvestia reports that the Federal Guard Agency, known by the acronym FSO, has placed an order for $15,000 worth of electric typewriters.

Izvestia quotes an unnamed source in Russia:

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12:12pm

Fri July 12, 2013
The Salt

Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 1:33 pm

Soil erosion after five inches or more of rain fell in one hour across portions of Western Iowa in 2013.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the Midwest was heading into one of the worst droughts in decades. Now much of the region is soggy.

But the biggest loser from this year's heavy rains? The land itself.

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12:10pm

Fri July 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Remembering A Scholar Who Reshaped States

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 12:54 pm

For an academic, Alan Rosenthal had unusual political clout at the Capitol in New Jersey, his home state.
Tim Larsen AP

You've probably never heard of Alan Rosenthal, but few people have done more over the past half-century not only to describe state governments, but redefine how they operate.

Rosenthal, a longtime political scientist at Rutgers University and a giant in his field, died Wednesday at age 81, after battling cancer. He wrote nearly 20 books, but his value was not purely academic.

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12:05pm

Fri July 12, 2013
Around the Nation

'Can't Even See The Sky': Ex-Prisoner On Solitary Confinement

Thousands of California prisoners are waging a hunger strike, protesting conditions in the prisons. For more on the strike and the prisoners' demands, host Michel Martin talks with Los Angeles Times Reporter Paige St. John and former inmate Jerry Elster, of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

12:05pm

Fri July 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

Everything Old Is New Again: The Toilet-Sink Edition

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:52 pm

The Latvian sink-urinal sells for about $590.
Ingus Bajars Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

11:57am

Fri July 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Quick History Of Accidental Online Purchases By Kids

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:59 am

In little hands, a tech gadget can quickly turn from a toy to a cash register.
iStockphoto.com

EBay's app is so easy to use, a toddler can do it — and her parents would argue about whether that's a good thing.

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11:30am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Begins Deliberation On Verdict In George Zimmerman Trial

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:23 pm

George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for closing arguments in his murder trial on Friday in Sanford, Fla.
Getty Images

(This story was last updated at 6:20 p.m. ET)

Six jurors left a Sanford, Fla., courtroom on Friday to begin deliberating the fate of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

After several hours of deliberations and a request for an inventory of evidence on Friday, the jury, all women, adjourned for the evening. It was scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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11:08am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Beijing, Shanghai Among Worst Airports For Delays

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:42 pm

A domestic departures board shows flight delays at Beijing's international airport in January.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

If you think flight delays in the U.S. are bad, try China.

A new report from travel industry monitor FlightStats says China is the world's worst when it comes to delays at major airports.

FlightStats compiled statistics from June for the report, determining that eight of the world's worst airports for flight delays were in China. Beijing and Shanghai topped the list, although New York's LaGuardia had the highest number of flight cancellations.

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11:00am

Fri July 12, 2013
Interviews

Jeff Daniels: Anchoring The Cast Of 'The Newsroom'

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

After a public meltdown and a wholesale staff defection, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) decides to take a different approach with his nightly news show.
HBO

This interview was originally broadcast on June 20, 2012.

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom revolves around Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a popular cable-news anchor floating happily along with his nightly newscast, which does well in the ratings but doesn't tend to delve into anything that could offend or alienate anyone.

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