The Two-Way
7:30 am
Thu January 29, 2015

U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced Wednesday to five years in jail.
Heather Clark AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:52 am

A scientist who worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and who pleaded guilty two years ago to promising to build nuclear weapons for Venezuela, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Argentina-born Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, a 79-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, told undercover FBI agents posing as Venezuelan officials that he could design and supervise the building of 40 nuclear weapons for Caracas, including one targeted on New York City, in exchange for an unspecified amount of money.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Raúl Castro Demands Return Of Guantánamo Before Normalizing Ties With U.S.

Cuba's President Raul Castro listens during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, on Wednesday.
Roberto Carlos Sanchez AP

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 9:00 am

Cuban President Raúl Castro seemed to throw some pretty big hurdles in front of efforts to establish normal diplomatic relations with the United States.

In a speech at a summit of Latin American countries, President Raúl Castro said a rapprochement with its northern neighbor would not make sense without three conditions: 1. The lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. 2. The return of the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay. 3. Compensation for "human and economic damage" the Cuban people have suffered.

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Regional
6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Troy Tudor

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Malaysia Says Disappearance Of MH370 Was An Accident

A relative of a passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 holds a picture of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with the writing "Please bring back my husband."
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 9:08 am

The government of Malaysia has now officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident.

The aircraft is thought to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014, but search crews haven't found a trace of it.

The BBC reports:

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bar Patrons Duct-Taped Rowdy Customer

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Avoids Angering Mother Bear

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Time Machine
5:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:39 am

The Bone Season, the first in Samantha Shannon's intoxicating urban-fantasy series set in 2059 in Scion (a dystopian version of England), ended with young Paige Mahoney escaping from a penal colony in the secret city of Oxford. Her Rephaim masters — immortals who feed upon the auras and blood of human clairvoyants like her — were in hot pursuit.

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Planet Money
4:29 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Why Don't More People Short Stocks? It's A Great Way To Lose Big Bucks

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Youth Radio
4:22 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Tight-Lipped Marshawn Lynch Opens His Heart To Oakland

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is headed to the Super Bowl. And as we've heard on this program, he's even meeting the media, which he hates to do.

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The Two-Way
4:03 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

President Obama speaks to the media after the automatic budget cuts associated with the sequester took effect in March 2013.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:07 am

When President Obama meets with House Democrats tonight during their retreat in Philadelphia, officials say he'll lay out the details of his budget proposal, which will include reversal of large cuts to federal spending instituted in 2013.

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