5:52am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rose By 8,000 Last Week

The number of people filing first-time clams for unemployment insurance rose by 8,000 last week, to 365,000 from 357,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

It adds that the "4-week moving average," which is supposed to give a slightly broader look at the trend in claims, "was 365,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 368,250."

But according to The Associated Press:

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4:56am

Thu August 2, 2012
Participation Nation

They Take The Cake In Boise, Idaho

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 11:02 am

Sweetness: Kathy Plaisance and about 50 other bakers use their skills to bring sweet treats to people who might otherwise be overlooked.
Emilie Ritter Saunders for NPR

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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4:51am

Thu August 2, 2012
KALW Almanac

August 2, 2012

On August 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

215th day of 2012, 151 remaining

Sunrise: 6:15am
Sunset: 8:17pm

99% of the moon is visible, setting at 6:56am, rising at 8:29pm

Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 6:13am/6:17pm
High Tide: 1:14pm

Today's special celebrations:

Emancipation Day - St. Kitts & Nevis
Ilindan -Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia
Virgin of the Angels Day - Costa Rica
Saint Ilija - Serbia

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

On this day in...

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4:43am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Psychiatrist Was Alarmed By Aurora Shooting Suspect's Behavior, Media Report

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:50 am

James Holmes, who's accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58.
RJ Sangosti Getty Images

A University of Colorado Denver psychiatrist was so worried about James Holmes' behavior that in early June she began the process of getting the school's "threat assessment" team involved in his case, sources with knowledge of the investigation into the movie theater shooting suspect are telling two Denver news outlets.

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3:27am

Thu August 2, 2012
House & Senate Races

GOP Has Big Hopes For Missouri Senate Race

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:07 am

Former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has earned the endorsement of Sarah Palin in her bid for a Republican Senate nomination.
Brian Naylor NPR

Republicans hope to win control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats in November, and one seat they have high hopes for is in Missouri.

Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is facing a tough re-election fight. Outside conservative groups have already been running ads against her. On Tuesday, Republicans will select their candidate for the fall.

Meet The Candidates

In Neosho, Mo., on the edge of the Ozarks, summertime in an election year can only mean one thing: the Newton County Republican Party's watermelon fest.

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3:25am

Thu August 2, 2012
National Security

Drones: From War Weapon To Homemade Toy

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 1:19 pm

In this Jan. 8, 2009, photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, a small Draganflyer X6 drone makes a test flight in Mesa County, Colo. with a Forward Looking Infrared payload. The drone, which was on loan to the sheriff's department from the manufacturer, measures about 36 inches from rotor tip to rotor tip, weights just over two pounds.
Mesa County Sheriff's Dept. AP

Drones transformed the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their use has been extremely limited in U.S. skies. The Federal Aviation Administration essentially bans the commercial use of drones, and government use is still highly restricted.

But that's changing.

For a long time, drones, which are formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, were exotic, expensive and out of reach for all but military users. Today, however, a clever hobbyist can have his own eye in the sky.

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2:32am

Thu August 2, 2012
Politics

Back To The Debt Debacle: A Look At What's Changed

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 8:53 am

It was just a year ago that the House rejected a deal with President Obama and threatened to allow the U.S. to default on debt obligations coming due. The Tea Party refusal to raise the debt ceiling led to a downgrade in U.S. credit and a selloff in the markets. NPR's David Welna reports on what's changed since then and what hasn't.

2:32am

Thu August 2, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Rebels Gain Ground, And Criticsm

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:22 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Fighters for the Free Syrian Army are getting their hands on heavier weapons than normal. They used a captured tank to open fire on a government airbase. That happened outside the country's largest city, Aleppo, where despite a clear advantage in numbers and weapons, the government has not been able to take the city back after five days of intense fighting.

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2:32am

Thu August 2, 2012
Economy

The Swing Back After Stock Market Glitch

Federal regulators are trying to piece together what happened in the stock market Wednesday morning. Just after the opening bell, the prices of dozens of stocks began to gyrate up and down. The swings were soon traced to a software glitch at a New Jersey brokerage firm called Knight Capital. NPR's Jim Zarroli joins Steve Inskeep with more.

2:32am

Thu August 2, 2012
Technology

Amazon Takes Entertainment Step With App Offerings

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Amazon is positioning itself to be a bigger player in the digital music and movie market. This week, the company announced that it would be offering its movie and music apps on more devices, including Apple's iPad.

NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Netflix has been a dominant player streaming movies online, and its app is on almost every device, from Xboxes to iPads. Now, Amazon's added a movie and TV app to the iPad.

Should Netflix worry?

SARAH ROTMAN EPPS: Netflix should worry.

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