12:03pm

Fri July 26, 2013
World

The North Korea Files

Read letters sent by U.S. citizens and businesses, asking for special permission to do business with North Korea.

11:59am

Fri July 26, 2013
Interviews

Michael Apted, Aging With The '7 Up' Crew

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Jackie, Lynn and Sue — pictured here at age 7 — are three of the children featured in the landmark 1964 documentary 7 Up. The series returns this year with 56 Up, checking in with a group of 14 men and women whose lives have been documented since they were kids.
First Run Features

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2013.

Every seven years since 1964, in what's known as the Up series, Granada Television has caught us up on the lives of 14 everyday people. The subjects of the documentary series were 7 years old when it began; in the latest installment, 56 Up, they are well into middle age.

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11:57am

Fri July 26, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) best moments happen while in the company of a persistent suitor named Al (Louis C.K.).
Merrick Morton Sony Classics

Another year, another Woody Allen picture, and few agree on whether that's a good thing. For some, he hasn't made an interesting film since Husbands and Wives, maybe even Hannah and Her Sisters. Others think more recent morality plays like Match Point and comic parables like Midnight in Paris prove the old dog still hunts.

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11:57am

Fri July 26, 2013
Interviews

Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Comedian Tig Notaro dealt with a cancer diagnosis the best way she knew how — with humor.
tignation.com

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 8, 2012.

"Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you?"

That's how comedian Tig Notaro began her set at Largo in Los Angeles the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. As she uttered those words to the audience, there was nervous laughter, weeping and total silence in response.

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11:52am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea Still Gets Propaganda Mileage Out Of U.S. Spy Ship

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:03 pm

North Korea's most famous museum exhibit, the captured American spy ship USS Pueblo, has been painted and polished for display as part of Saturday's "Victory Day" ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities in the Korean War.

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11:17am

Fri July 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Facebook Triumphs, Chromecast Launches

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:29 pm

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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11:14am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/Landov

"The United States would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Snowden should he return to the United States," Attorney General Eric Holder has told his Russian counterpart in a letter about the "NSA leaker" who remains in legal limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

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11:07am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt Opens Murder, Conspiracy Investigation Against Morsi

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:54 pm

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi attend a Friday rally in Cairo.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian prosecutors have opened an investigation into ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who they suspect of conspiracy and murder, raising tensions as both Islamists and supporters of newly installed military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi turn out for street protests.

The surprise announcement of the investigation against Morsi, who was removed in a July 3 coup, stem from a 2011 prison break in which Morsi escaped and at least 14 guards were killed. Hamas gunmen are said to have led the attack at Wadi el-Natroun prison, an allegation the militant group has denied.

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10:59am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

'Life Without Parole' Deal Struck For Cleveland Kidnapper

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:48 pm

Ariel Castro in court on July 17, 2013.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 12:40 p.m. ET.)

The man who held three young women against their will in his Cleveland home for about a decade, who fathered a child by one of them and forced another to have abortions, and who is the face of a horrific crime that shocked the nation, pleaded guilty Friday to hundreds of charges.

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10:37am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: A Bear Walks Into A Bar ...

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:53 pm

What will it be? (File photo of a black bear in Massachusetts, not the bar-hopping bruin in Colorado.)
Michael Beswick The Republican/Landov

Feel free to complete the joke in the comments thread (and we bet you can do better than this guy).

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