Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

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7:57am

Tue August 7, 2012

7:21am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens Sickened By Fumes From Refinery Fire Near San Francisco

Smoke poured from the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. Here, the plume rises behind Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg AP

"Shelter-in-place" warnings have been lifted for people living downwind from a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., where a large fire that started Monday evening "sent thick black smoke wafting" over areas around San Francisco and Oakland, the Contra Costa Times reports.

According to the newspaper, authorities say the blaze is now contained.

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6:54am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Psychiatrist Contacted Police About Colo. Shooting Suspect, Media Report

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:54 am

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

Six weeks before the July 20 mass shooting at an Aurora, Co., movie theater, a psychiatrist who had been treating accused killer James Holmes called the University of Colorado police department about him, according to reports from Denver's ABC7-TV and from ABC News.

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6:31am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Man ID'd As Wisconsin Killer Had Previously Been On FBI's Radar

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Wade Michael Page, in a photo released by police.
Oak Creek Police
  • Dina Temple-Raston talks with Steve Inskeep on 'Morning Edition'
The headline and top of this post were updated at 1:50 p.m. ET.

Wade Michael Page, the 40-year-old man killed by police at the scene of Sunday's shooting rampage at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee who authorities say gunned down six people and wounded three others, was referred to in a report the FBI received about six years ago, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston says.

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12:05pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Gibson Guitar Settles Criminal Case Over Exotic Wood Imports

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:06 pm

Gibson guitars on sale in New York City.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.

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8:42am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

At Sikh Temple, Leader Attacked Gunman; Died Trying To Protect Others

Satwant Singh Kaleka, in an image broadcast by Milwaukee's TMJ4-TV.
TMJ4

As happened after last month's shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., we're starting to hear stories of courage and sacrifice about victims of another mass shooting.

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7:12am

Mon August 6, 2012

2:36pm

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Usain Bolt Will Defend His Title As 'World's Fastest Man'

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:31 am

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 100m final at the London Games on Sunday.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

Usain Bolt is still the "world's fastest man."

The Jamaican sprinter has won the men's 100-meter race in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. Just after 4:50 p.m. ET, he successfully defended the gold medal he won four years ago in Beijing.

Jamaica's Yohan Blake came in second today, giving him the silver medal. American Justin Gatlin was third, meaning he gets the bronze.

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12:22pm

Sun August 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Breaking News: Shots Fired At Sikh Temple In Wisconsin

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 7:47 am

A woman waits outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis, where a gunman opened fire and killed six people. The gunman was killed by police.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

A shooting at a Sikh Temple in a suburb of Milwaukee today has left at least seven people dead, including the gunman, police say.

The crime is being treated as a "domestic terrorist-type incident," authorities say.

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11:18am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Oscar Pistorius, The 'Blade Runner,' Faces Another Huge Challenge

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:58 pm

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa leaving the starting blocks in Saturday's round 1 of the men's 400-meters race.
Michael Steele Getty Images

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner" who has has artificial legs below the knees but overcame that challenge to become a world class runner, will not be in the finals of the men's 400-meters.

The results of Heat 2 in the semifinals were posted at 3:55 p.m. ET. Pistorius finished last out of eight competitors, nearly two seconds behind winner James Kirani of Grenada.

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10:15am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Big Win For Britain: Murray Takes Men's Tennis Title

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:58 pm

Gold for queen and country: Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates after his win.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

One month after his hopes were dashed on the same famous court at Wimbledon, Scotland's Andy Murray just won the men's tennis title at the London Olympics in front of a joyous home crowd.

He did it by defeating the same man who beat him at Wimbledon in July.

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9:41am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Badminton Federation 'Looking Forward' In Response To Scandel

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 10:15 am

South Korea's Kim Min Jung (left) and Ha Jung Eun were among the players disqualified for not trying hard enough.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

On this final day of badminton at the London Olympics, leaders of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) were vague about how they will respond to a match-throwing scandal at the games.

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8:24am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Williams Sisters Take Title In Doubles Tennis

Venus (left) and Serena Williams celebrate after winning the women's doubles gold medal match today.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

As The Guardian just reported:

"Here is perhaps the least surprising outcome of the Games: the awesome Williams sisters have secured the women's doubles for the United States, disposing of the Czech pair Hlavackova and Hradecka 6-4, 6-4. And Serena crowns a dominant display with a delightful twirl of celebration after plundering the gold medal point."

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7:39am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Gold For Ethiopia's Gelana In Women's Marathon

Women marathoners raced past Big Ben.
Daniel Garcia AFP/Getty Images

In what looks to be a new Olympics record, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia just won the women's marathon in a time of 2:23.07.

Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo was second and Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova finished third.

As The Guardian notes, Gelana's "uncle Gezahegne Abera won men's marathon gold in Sydney 12 years ago."

Mary Keitany of Kenya, one of the pre-race favorites, came in fourth.

The previous women's Olympics record was 2:23.14.

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7:18am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: 'Super Saturday' For Brits; 'World's Fastest Man' Coming Up

Jessica Ennis of Great Britain  celebrates after winning gold Saturday in the heptathlon on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Good morning.

While Bill takes a much-deserved mid-Olympics day off, we'll aim to keep up with what's going on in London.

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