7:10am

Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says

A photo released by Iran's state-run Press TV on Feb. 6, 2011, shows U.S. hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at court in Tehran.
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Two American men jailed as spies in Iran since 2009 have been released, Iran's official Press TV reports.

The news site says it "has learned" that news.

Its report follows word from The Associated Press that attorney Masoud Shafiei said a court has approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

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6:36am

Wed September 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Giant Stuffed Bear 'Escapes' Pennsylvania Bar

The professionally-mounted bear was 8 ft. long, and adorned the second floor of a bar in Uniontown, Pa. Police say five people at the bar shoved the bear over a railing onto the ground, and then fled. The bear was too heavy to put back so it was moved off to the side. The next morning it was gone.

6:27am

Wed September 21, 2011
Sports

Turkey Bans Men From Some Soccer Games

If a team's fans have been sanctioned for unruly behavior, the new no-man policy applies. Women and children get free admission. The rule may be working. Some 40,000 women and children packed a stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday. One player said, "It was such a fun and pleasant atmosphere."

5:23am

Wed September 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Repeal Day Marks The End Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

"Don't ask, don't tell" is no more. The policy barred openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people from serving in the military. Gay rights groups held Repeal Day celebrations across the country. One celebration took place in New York City at the historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

Speculation Grows That Greece Will Default On Its Debts

Greek leaders yesterday held a second telephone conference with the IMF, the European Union and the European Central bank. Greece is hoping for approval of the next scheduled payment of bailout money. There is growing speculation that Greece will default on its debts. The only questions are how and when, and if Greece can still stay within the eurozone.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Middle East

Middle East Abuzz With Talk Of Statehood Bid

The uncertainty surrounding the Palestinian's bid for statehood has kicked up mixed feelings in the West Bank and Israel. Far away from the posturing and news stories, ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have their own thoughts on the idea.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Middle East

U.N. Membership Could Give Palestinians A Diplomatic Tool

Palestinians say they are undeterred and plan to seek full U.N. membership as a state on territories Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to present his application when he speaks to the U.N. on Friday. The issue is dominating high level meetings as countries scramble to try to revive a peace process that has failed for decades.

4:00am

Wed September 21, 2011
Europe

What Would A Greek Default Mean To Europe?

Financial analysts speculate that Greece will default on some, or all, of its national debt. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on the likely international impact of such a default, particularly if Greece is forced to leave the group of countries using the euro currency.

12:01am

Wed September 21, 2011
Author Interviews

In Taseer's 'Noon', Fictional Violence Is All Too Real

Aatish Taseer is also the author of the novel The Temple-goers, and Stranger to History: A Son's Journey through Islamic Lands.
Harikrishna Katragadda

In the span of less than a year, Aatish Taseer's father was killed and his brother was kidnapped. His father, a politician, was slain by a religious fundamentalist in January. His brother, a businessman, was kidnapped in Lahore in August and hasn't been heard from since.

Taseer writes about this kind of violent and turbulent Pakistan in his new novel, Noon. It takes place in fictional Port bin Qasim, a city beset by Islamic extremism:

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