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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Construction Of New Homes Surges To Four-Year High

Construction worker Jim Castellano walks out of a Toll Brothers Inc. home he is working on in Boca Raton, Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The rate at which builders began work on new homes surged to a four-year high, the Commerce Department said today.

The AP reports that September clocked the fastest pace since July of 2008. The AP adds:

"The Commerce Department says builders broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 in September. That's an increase of 15% from August.

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It's All Politics
10:51 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debate Watchers Get A Town Brawl

Debate watchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, check out President Obama's performance Tuesday night.
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:27 pm

There will be blood.

Or at least a lot of aggressive walking and glaring, vigorous head-shaking and interruptions, all glazed with equal parts feigned respect and visceral distaste.

This season's presidential debates between incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, including Tuesday's engagement, have evolved into base-rousing spectacles of their dislike for each other.

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Monkey See
9:44 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Entirely Real Photos: It Is Possible That Jennifer Lopez Needs Less Wind Machine

Jennifer Lopez performs in Paris on Tuesday night.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

I'm sure Jennifer Lopez knows exactly how much wind is flattering, far more than I do. I'm sure she has a Flattering Wind consultant, and possibly even a Flattering Wind Consultant Handler. ("Assistant To The Flattering Wind Consultant Handler: Coco Maribou. Assistant to Ms. Maribou...")

But honestly, I might have gone with 20 percent less gale force here.

The Two-Way
9:37 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Presidential Debate Spins 'Binders Full Of Women' Meme, Fact Checks

This photo of Playboy's Hugh Hefner was published on a Tumblr blog devoted to poking fun at the "women full of binders" meme.
Tumblr

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:34 pm

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Three Books...
9:03 am
Wed October 17, 2012

00110011: Three Books About The Data Around You

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:53 pm

Everywhere you go, you are data. You purchase an apple and suddenly ones and zeros are racing through the clickstream like they're wearing superhero capes. Someone, somewhere now knows more about when people eat apples, the likelihood that you will purchase one again, how they correlate to your longevity, your salary, your risk of disease. You shape the universe as you go.

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All Tech Considered
8:31 am
Wed October 17, 2012

The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud

Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, houses servers in over 115,000 square feet of space.
Connie Zhou Google

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 10:09 am

Behind the ephemeral "cloud" of cloud computing, the network we use for everything from checking our email to streamlining our health care system, there lies a very tangible and very big computer infrastructure.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Lance Armstrong Stepping Down As Livestrong Chairman

Lance Armstrong competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event, which raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
Steve Ruark AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:43 pm

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stepping down from his role as chairman of the cancer-awareness charity Livestrong, the organization said in a press release today. (Update at 8:34 a.m. Separately, Nike dropped its sponsorship of Armstrong.)

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Rare Earthquake Rattles New England

A map from the USGS. The yellow represents the areas that felt the earthquake the most.
USGS

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:37 am

A rare 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled New England, last night. While some of our readers on the West Coast would barely even blink with such a shake, it caused confusion and consternation for many around the epicenter about 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the largest earthquake to strike the region measured 5.1 and it happened in 1904.

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It's All Politics
7:49 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:42 pm

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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World
7:32 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Mongolia To Sell Last Lenin Statue

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:31 am

In 1990, a bloodless revolution brought down the Communist government of Mongolia,and their memorials to communist heroes were destroyed or sold for scrap. But one remaining statue of Lenin is being sold at auction.

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