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.

Pages

9:44am

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Jacob & Sophia Rule Among Baby Names, Liz & Liam Are Hot

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:09 am

If this was a contest, some might call for the name Jacob to be retired after so many wins.

According to the Social Security Administration:

"Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America's most popular baby names for 2012. This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia."

Rounding out the top 10 lists:

Girls / Boys

2. Emma / Mason

Read more

8:20am

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Could Face Thousands Of Charges

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 10:56 am

Ariel Castro during his arraignment Thursday at Cleveland Municipal Court. He's accused of kidnapping and raping three young women, and then holding a daughter born to one of those women captive. The women had been missing for about a decade. The child is now six years old.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images
  • Brian Bull of WCPN reports

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET. DNA Testing Confirms Suspect Is Child's Father, Ohio Attorney General Says:

Preliminary DNA tests confirm that Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping and repeatedly raping three young women held captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade, is the father of a girl born to one of the victims six years ago, Ohio's attorney general announced Friday morning.

A statement posted by Attorney General Mike DeWine's office says:

Read more

7:24am

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Says Data About Probe Of Bombing Suspect Was Shared

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:43 am

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers (at the microphones), Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis (standing, at far left) and other authorities briefing the news media on April 19. That's the day Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and his brother, Dzhokhar, was captured.
Neal Hamberg Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Brian Naylor reports

Boston Police Chief Edward Davis told Congress on Thursday that before the Boston Marathon bombings, his department wasn't aware the FBI had questioned Tamerlan Tsarnaev in recent years about whether he had been in contact with Muslim extremists in Dagestan.

As far as he knew, Davis said, the FBI did not share that information with local authorities.

Read more

7:09am

Fri May 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Survivor Rescued 17 Days After Bangladesh Building Collapse

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:25 pm

Rescuers carry a survivor who was buried for 17 days under the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Parvez Ahmad Rony AP

(Most recent update: 1:15 p.m. ET.)

There's incredible news from Bangladesh:

"Miraculous as it may sound," a survivor was rescued Friday from the rubble of the eight-story building that collapsed 17 days ago near Dhaka, The Daily Star reported this morning.

That story from Bangladesh's English-language newspaper has been followed with these bulletins from other news outlets:

Read more

2:19pm

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

After 100,000+ Downloads, Group With 3-D Gun Plans Goes Dark

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:45 pm

The Liberator — a plastic handgun made with a 3-D printer.
Defense Distributed

Minutes ago, just as we were reading a Forbes story headlined "3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days," this message appeared on the Twitter page of the group that has made those plans available to the world:

Read more

12:30pm

Thu May 9, 2013

11:13am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Everton's Moyes To Replace Ferguson At Man United

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (left) and Everton manager David Moyes (right) during a match in April 2012. Moyes will succeed the retiring Ferguson at Man United.
Peter Powell EPA /LANDOV

One day after the world's most famous soccer coach announced his upcoming retirement, his replacement has been chosen.

The English Premier League's Everton Football Club announced Thursday that manager David Moyes would step down after its last game this season, on May 19. According to the club:

"The manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United."

Read more

10:54am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Bombing Suspect's Body Finally 'Entombed,' Police Say

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
FBI.gov

The body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev "is now entombed," the Worcester, Mass., police department announced Thursday morning.

Read more

9:50am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Feds Didn't Tell Boston Police About Probe Of Tsarnaev

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 1:29 pm

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
Michael Reynolds EPA /LANDOV

(We put a new top on this post at 1:25 p.m. ET.)

"The FBI never told the Boston police or the Massachusetts State Police about possible Russian terror connections of the suspected Marathon bombers until three and half days after the attack, law enforcement officials testified today before the House Homeland Security Committee," ABC News writes.

Read more

9:07am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Stay Near 5-Year Low

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:16 am

There were 323,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 4,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Note: As often happens, the previous week's figure is a slight revision from what was reported earlier. Initially, the ETA said there had been 324,000 first-time claims during the week ending April 27. Now, it says there were 327,000 that week.

Read more

8:06am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Cousin Of Boston Suspects Is A 'Prominent Islamist'

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:38 am

This image from a surveillance video, taken near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, helped investigators identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev (in black cap) and his brother, Dzhokhar (in white cap), as the main suspects in the bombings.
FBI.gov

Russian investigators have questioned a distant cousin of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev about meetings the two of them had in Dagestan during 2012, Time magazine reports.

Read more

7:14am

Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Prosecutors May Seek Death Penalty For Cleveland Kidnapper

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 7:31 pm

Ariel Castro during his arraignment Thursday at Cleveland Municipal Court. He's accused of kidnapping and raping three young women, and then holding a daughter born to one of those women captive. The women had been missing for about a decade. The child is now six years old.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

(Most recent update: 7:24 p.m. ET.)

The three young women who were missing for about a decade before being rescued Monday from a home in Cleveland where they say they were chained, tortured and sexually assaulted, have given police similar accounts about how their long nightmares began.

Read more

1:09pm

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Police Chief: 'We Are Not Barbarians;' Bury Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 3:16 pm

A video image showing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, before the April 15 bombings.
FBI.gov

Saying that "we are not barbarians, we bury the dead," the police chief of Worcester, Mass., on Wednesday appealed for someone in authority to clear the way for the body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried.

Read more

9:47am

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Do Me A Solid,' Diplomat Rodman Says To North Korea's Kim

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:52 pm

Dennis Rodman, in black hat and shades, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a Feb. 28 basketball game in Pyongyang.
KCNA EPA /LANDOV

America's unlikeliest link to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached out to his friend in a bid to have an American citizen released from one of the communist nation's notorious labor camps.

"I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose," former basketball star Dennis Rodman tweets.

Read more

8:57am

Wed May 8, 2013
The Two-Way

31 Suspects In 3 Nations Nabbed In $50 Million Diamond Heist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:55 pm

Yves Herman Reuters /Landov

Remember that brazen, right-out-of-the-movies diamond heist at Brussels' international airport on Feb. 18?

Now there's word from The Associated Press that "police on Wednesday claimed a major breakthrough in their investigation ... detaining 31 people in a three-nation sweep."

Read more

Pages