The Two-Way
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Investigators: Train Conductor Was On Phone During Spain Crash

Flowers pay tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in northwestern Spain last week. The driver of the train was on the phone and traveling at nearly twice the speed limit, according to court papers.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:18 pm

The driver of a Spanish train that derailed and killed 79 people was speaking on the phone and had taken the train to nearly twice the speed allowed on the stretch of track where the crash occurred, according to court investigators who reviewed the train's "black box" recorders.

After reaching speeds of 119 miles per hour, train conductor Francisco Jose Garzon Amo tried to slow the train down "seconds before the crash," according to an Associated Press report on the court's preliminary findings, which were released Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of 'Aiding The Enemy'

Army Private Bradley Manning, center, leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 5:47 pm

This post was last updated at 6:42 p.m. ET.

Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.

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State Capitol
10:33 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Oklahoma Speaker On Israel Trip

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon
Credit Oklahoma House

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) was among a group of U.S. delegates and state legislators to visit Israel last week organized by the group the American Israel Friendship League.

According to the nonprofit’s website, the AIFL is “dedicated to promoting and strengthening the relationship between the people of the United States and Israel.”

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Lottery
9:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

State Lottery Proceeds Exceed Estimates

The Powerball logo from the Oklahoma Lottery.
Credit Oklahoma Lottery Commission

The head of the Oklahoma Lottery says proceeds for education exceeded projections by $12 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Rollo Redburn announced Monday the lottery's total contribution to the state was $70.1 million over the year. That's more than the projected $57.5 million.

Redburn said it was the fourth consecutive fiscal year that total the gambling collections outpaced projections, including $12.4 million more than the estimate in the 2012 fiscal year.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Taliban Attack Frees At Least 175 From Pakistani Prison

Pakistani policemen stand outside the central prison after an overnight attack in Dera Ismail Khan. Officials say Taliban insurgents freed hundreds of prisoners, including hard-line militants.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:25 am

Scores of prisoners were freed from a prison in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, after Taliban militants armed with explosives and automatic weapons reportedly stormed the facility. At least nine people, including five guards, died in gun battles and other violence at the prison, according to multiple news outlets.

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9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NPR’s Scott Simon Takes Twitter To A New Frontier: His Mother’s Hospital Bed

Lead in text: 
NPR's Scott Simon's mother passed away Monday evening, and the veteran host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" used Twitter to chronicle her final days with poignancy, grace, humor, and love.
On July 23, Scott Simon, the longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, posted a tweet to his 1.2 million followers: "I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved ones." The tweet immediately preceding that one was about Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun.
Shots - Health News
8:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:18 am

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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Transportation
7:38 am
Tue July 30, 2013

ODOT: Passenger Rail Expansion "Distant"

Passenger rail service between Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas could be coming, but not anytime soon, according to transportation officials.
Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Passenger railway travel between Oklahoma City and Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Wichita Kansas may be a distant possibility, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials.

David Streb, director of engineering for the department, said Monday that such developments are still a ways away despite all the buzz.

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The Two-Way
8:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Senate Confirms James Comey As Next FBI Director

Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 15, 2007. NPR has learned that Comey is in line to become President Obama's choice as the next FBI director.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:26 pm

With a vote of 93-1, the Senate confirmed James Comey as the next director of the FBI. Comey will replace Robert Mueller.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Comey is a Republican and a former Justice Department official during the George W. Bush years. Civil rights groups questioned his record on surveillance and harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.

"But after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul lifted his hold on the FBI nominee, Comey sailed through the full Senate.

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Politics and Government
6:40 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Judge To Decide Wednesday On How To Bring Veronica To Adoptive Parents

Charleston, South Carolina courthouse
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A South Carolina judge is set to consider how to transfer a girl of Cherokee heritage from her biological father in Oklahoma to the couple seeking to adopt her.

Court records show Matt and Melanie Capobianco have a hearing in family court in Charleston on Wednesday.

The couple has been seeking to adopt the now-3-year-old girl of Cherokee heritage since her birth. The girl's biological father challenged the attempt, saying federal law favored the girl being raised by him.

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