8:40am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose By 11,000 Last Week; Prices Rose 0.4 Percent In August

The number of people filling first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 11,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

There were 428,000 such claims. After peaking at 659,000 in March 2009, weekly claims started to edge down. But they've remained near or above 400,000 since early April of this year.

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8:30am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Colorado Cat Turns Up In Manhattan

Originally published on Thu September 15, 2011 9:09 am

Willow, who somehow got from Colorado to Manhattan, at her temporary home in a New York animal care facility on Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2011).
Bebeto Matthews AP

The stories of lost pets turning up years later and hundreds (or thousands) of miles from home keep coming.

Today's tale, from The Associated Press:

"A calico cat named Willow, who disappeared from a home near the Rocky Mountains five years ago, was found Wednesday on a Manhattan street and will soon be returned to a family in which two of the three kids and one of the two dogs may remember her.

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8:05am

Thu September 15, 2011

7:55am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Prime Minister To Gadhafi: 'It Is Over, Give Up'

"It is over. Give up. The mercenaries should go home."

That's the message today from British Prime Minister David Cameron to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Guardian reports.

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7:52am

Thu September 15, 2011
Business

Rogue Trader Leaves UBS With $2 Billion Loss

Swiss banking giant UBS is struggling to restore its reputation after heavy subprime losses during the financial crisis and an embarrassing U.S. tax evasion case.
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Swiss banking giant UBS said Thursday that one of its traders lost an estimated $2 billion through unauthorized transactions, which could result in a loss for its entire third quarter.

Police in London's financial district said they have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the massive loss. He was arrested at 3:30 a.m. on suspicion of abusing his position to commit fraud.

The unidentified trader reportedly worked in UBS's London equities division.

Shares of UBS sank on the Zurich exchange Thursday, at one point plummeting more than 8 percent.

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7:25am

Thu September 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Swiss Bank UBS Says Rogue Trader Caused $2 Billion Loss

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"Unauthorized trading" by one of its traders has led to a loss "in the range of $2 billion," Swiss banking giant UBS announced this morning.

He reportedly worked in the bank's London equities division, Larry Miller reports for NPR, and was arrested by authorities there early today "on suspicion of using his position to commit fraud."

According to UBS, none of its clients were affected by the loss.

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7:16am

Thu September 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Maryland Football Uniforms Are Vibrant On Purpose

When the University of Maryland debuted the new uniforms earlier this month, a lot of people didn't like them. The school's athletic director says he intended for you to notice. Many schools create new uniforms in search of a hip image, grabbing the attention of prospective football recruits.

7:10am

Thu September 15, 2011
Business

This Phone Has No Apps But It's Made Of Gold

A Danish phone company just released a mobile phone made of pure gold. It's priced around $60,000. The target market: Russia. Reuters reports the phones have no apps, no camera and no calendar.

7:00am

Thu September 15, 2011
You Must Read This

Our Basest Desires: The Cruel Chaos Of Revolution

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In 1985, when I was in the midst of a 12-year struggle to write my first novel, I had the good fortune to be invited to the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony in Austerlitz, N.Y., for a monthlong residency. There, in the colony's curved-roof barn, I happened to pick up a paperback copy of Robert Stone's 1981 novel, A Flag for Sunrise.

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4:38am

Thu September 15, 2011
Education

Md. Teachers Must Promote Environmental Literacy

The start of a new school year in Maryland brings a new requirement: All schools in the state must develop plans to promote environmental literacy. The new requirement is creating some challenges for teachers. The goal is to integrate environmental concerns into science, social studies and other topics.

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