1:44pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

ABC News Questions Report On Contents Of New Jackie O. Tapes

Today, British tabloid The Daily Mirror published a report that alledged new recordings of Jackie Onassis reveal that she believed President Lyndon B. Johnson had a hand in the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy.

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1:01pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Kids Can Work Out In The Heat, As Long As They Play It Safe

Pediatricians recommend that kids acclimatize to the the heat by taking it easy the first two weeks of practice.
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Parents often worry about sending children out into the heat, but also know that spending the summer holed up in the basement with Nintendo isn't ideal, either.

Fear not. The nation's pediatricians say that children can handle workouts in the heat just fine. But they warn that coaches and student athletes don't always play safe when it's sweltering.

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12:23pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Syria Is Hacked By Anonymous, And Pressed By Gulf Allies

The hacking group Anonymous took over Syria's defense ministry site Monday.
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Syria's President Bashar Assad has removed the country's defense minister and replaced him with the army chief of staff, according to Syria's state-run news agency. The change, one of several in key government posts, comes during Syria's "brutal crackdown on a five-month-old uprising" against Assad, the AP reports.

That crackdown is bringing pressure on Syria and Assad from nearly all quarters. As Eyder reported earlier, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have now recalled their ambassadors. Here's a quick rundown of other developments:

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12:06pm

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

President Obama To Speak; Expected To Address S&P Downgrade

The White House announced that President Obama will deliver a speech today at 1 p.m. ET.

The AP reports that Obama will likely address the first downgrade of the country's credit rating in history. And the president is also expected to talk about the 30 U.S. troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday.

You can listen to the president live on NPR.org and CSpan will stream video of it. We will live blog it here, too.

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11:54am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Will Override Key Component Of 'No Child Left Behind'

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that faced with outcry from the sates about the unrealistic requirements of the education law No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will grant waivers to states.

The Washington Post reports:

"The states are desperately asking for us to respond," Duncan said in a conference call with reporters Friday.

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11:00am

Mon August 8, 2011
Music

The Vaccines Make A Music Video With Your Concert Photos

The Vaccines
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The Vaccines, a London-based indie rock band with a retro sound, are partnering up with popular photo app Instagram to make a crowdsourced music video for their song "Wetsuit." They're asking fans to share photos from the band's summer tour using the app on their smartphones.

Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan, guitarist for The Vaccines, says he's already seen a huge response: "Pictures of people on their campsites and people covered in mud in England or people in the sun in Europe. And candid shots of us."

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10:51am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Treasury Secretary Geithner: S&P Has 'Shown Really Terrible Judgement'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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In an interview with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Standard& Poor's "has shown really terrible judgment and they've handled themselves very poorly," when it downgraded the United States' rating.

"They've shown a stunning lack of knowledge about basic U.S. fiscal budget math. And I think they drew exactly the wrong conclusion from this budget agreement," Geithner added.

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10:37am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

U.S. Markets Drop After S&P Downgrade

Investors reacted to Standard & Poor's downgrade of American credit by selling off U.S. stocks. Monday was the first trading day since S&P downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating on Friday.

10:36am

Mon August 8, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The End Of A Physics Worldview: Heraclitus And The Watershed Of Life

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said "the world bubbles forth," suggesting a natural magic beyond the entailing laws of modern physics.
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At the dawn of Western philosophy and science, some 2,700 years ago, Heraclitus, declared that, "the world bubbles forth." There is, in this fragment of thought, a natural magic, a creativity beyond the entailing laws of modern physics. I believe Heraclitus was right about the evolution of the biosphere and human life. We live beyond entailing law in a natural magic we co-create.

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10:25am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

U.S. Stocks Fall On Downgrade Of U.S. Credit

U.S. markets have opened for the first time since Standard and Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 250 points minutes after the opening bell on Wall Street.

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