The Two-Way
8:57 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Insurer Will Pay In Case That Quickly Went Viral

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 9:20 am

Monday, New York comedian Matt Fisher wrote a very serious blog post headlined "My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court."

It quickly drew considerable attention on the Web, bad publicity for Progresssive Insurance and coverage from national news outlets because he laid out a sad story:

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It's All Politics
7:46 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Federal Court Reinstates Early Voting Days In Parts Of Florida

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 9:02 am

A federal court has rejected part of Florida's new election law that would have restricted the number of early voting days across the state. The court said the new law cannot take effect in five counties where the African-American vote could be key in November.

The ruling — which was announced late Thursday — is a win for voting rights groups, who say the new law was meant to suppress minority voters in Florida in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

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Local News
7:39 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Fake audit raises questions of NMFA oversight

A scandal over a fake audit is raising questions about oversight of the New Mexico Finance Authority, and attendance records for the authority's 11-member governing board show several of Gov. Susana Martinez's cabinet secretaries regularly missed meetings but sent staffers to represent them on the board.

Nearly all of the board is appointed by the governor or serve in her cabinet.

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Local News
7:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bernalillo-Santa Fe Rail Runner service out

Rail Runner service between Sandoval County and Santa Fe is cancelled Friday because high water may have damaged a bridge in Santo Domingo Pueblo.

New Mexico Rail Runner officials say crews are working to check the bridge and shore it up and hope to have full service on the line restored by Saturday.

Trains will operate normally from Belen through Albuquerque to the U.S. Highway 550 station in Bernalillo. Passengers are being advised to check nmrailrunner.com for updates.

Local News
7:26 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Albuquerque police officer charged with battery

A still image from the officer lapel camera video released Thursday by APD.
Albuquerque Police Department

An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered.

Police Chief Ray Schultz said Thursday the charges were filed after investigators reviewed video from the lapel cameras of officers involved in a May 31 drug bust. He announced the charges the same time he publicly released the video.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Alabama Authorities Put A Real-Life Walter White On Their Most Wanted List

"Real" Walter White is at left. "TV Walter" is at right.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office / AMC

In this case, life is imitating art:

"The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office has placed Walter White on their priority list of the county's most wanted," The Tuscaloosa News reports. "White, 55, was on probation for a 2008 charge of making methamphetamine when he was arrested on similar charges in Bibb County earlier this year."

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The Two-Way
5:14 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Two U.S. Troops Killed By Afghan Police Officer; Latest 'Green On Blue' Attack

Two American military personnel were killed early today in western Afghanistan's Farah province when "a member of the Afghan Local Police turned his weapon" on them, allied commanders in Kabul report.

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Animals
5:05 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Dalmation Cares For Look-Alike Lamb

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 9:06 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. She's no sheep dog, but Zoe the dog has adopted a little lamb. The lamb was born on a farm in Australia and abandoned by his mother. That's when farmers brought him to their Dalmatian, how immediately began doting on Dotty. Actually, not that surprising, since Dotty - as his name suggests - is a white lamb covered in unusual black spots, looking exactly like a Dalmatian. What you might call a sheep in dog's clothing. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

The Two-Way
4:57 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Two-Year Prison Terms For Russia's Pussy Riot Rockers

Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right), Maria Alyokhina (center) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left) in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow earlier today.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 10:19 am

A Russian judge today found three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism connected to "religious hatred."

Word of the verdict came just before 7:30 a.m ET. Just before 10 a.m. ET, the judge announced that each woman was sentenced to serve two years in jail — the minimum that could be imposed.

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