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The Two-Way
9:15 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Scientists Discover Evidence of a 435,000-Year-Old Murder

A team of scientists say they've discovered evidence of a 435,000 year old murder, based on evidence from the injuries on this skull.
Javier Trueba Madrid Scientific Films

Two episodes of "localized blunt force trauma" to the skull with "an intention to kill." 3-D imaging to recreate the injuries. Bodies dropped down a 43-foot-deep vertical shaft into a mass grave. A murder case — more than 435,000 years old.

It's all detailed in a study in the journal PLOS One called "Lethal Interpersonal Violence in the Middle Pleistocene," and its authors say it's evidence of one of the earliest murders on record.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Apple's Jony Ive Promoted To Chief Design Officer

The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York. The company has just promoted designer Jony Ive to chief design officer.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:27 pm

The news of Jony Ive's promotion was first revealed, oddly enough, in a long, fawning profile of Ive in the Telegraph, written by British comedian and TV host Stephen Fry. "Until now, Ive's job title has been Senior Vice President of Design," Fry wrote. "But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple's Chief Design Officer. It is therefore an especially exciting time for him."

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Around the Nation
4:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

A sign encouraging people to save water is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "droughtshaming," or publicly calling out water wasters.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:22 am

California's drought is turning neighbor against neighbor, as everyone seems to be on the lookout for water wasters.

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized "washdown of hardscapes" like the walkway to her house.

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Remembrances
5:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

#NPRReads: Social Concern And The Drought In California

Sprinklers water a lawn in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

#NPRreads is a feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From reporter Sam Sanders:

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Economy
5:09 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 5:55 pm

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NPR Story
5:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Rental Rules In California Raise Questions About Who's Using Airbnb

Supporters of Airbnb hold a rally outside City Hall, in New York. Cities throughout the country have been cracking down on the vacation rental site, prompting protests like these across the country.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:43 pm

Eighty-year-old Arlene Rosenblatt rents out her quaint converted duplex in Santa Monica, Calif., whenever she and her husband leave town to visit their seven grandchildren. She charges anywhere from $115 to $220 a night for her home, listing it on Airbnb and other sites.

But over the past few weeks, Rosenblatt's time has been filled with protests instead of family visits: she is one of dozens of Santa Monica residents fighting new city rules for short-term rentals.

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The Two-Way
9:38 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Santa Monica Cracks Down On Airbnb, Bans 'Vacation Rentals' Under A Month

Santa Monica, Calif., is trying to block home rentals through Airbnb and other online services. The city will now impose a hotel tax on such rentals and mandate that permanent residents remain in the home with guests for stays less than 30 days.
Chris Weeks Getty Images

Santa Monica, Calif., is cracking down on Airbnb and the rest of the short-term rental industry. Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council adopted its home-sharing ordinance, which bans the rental of an entire unit for less than 30 days and requires those who take part in allowable home-sharing to obtain a business license from the city and pay a 14% hotel tax. The law takes effect June 15.

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The Two-Way
4:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

University Of Virginia Dean Sues 'Rolling Stone' Over Discredited Rape Article

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. That fraternity was implicated in a now discredited Rolling Stone story about a rape on campus. A dean named in the piece is suing the magazine for $7.85 million. Phi Kappa Psi says it will also sue the magazine.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:08 pm

Nicole P. Eramo, an associate dean of students at the University of Virginia who handles reports of sexual assault for the school, is suing Rolling Stone magazine over the way she was depicted in a now discredited story.

Eramo has filed suit against Rolling Stone LLC, parent company Wenner Media LLC, and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of the article called "A Rape on Campus," which painted a harrowing picture of a rape and its coverup at U.Va. The complaint was filed in the Charlottesville, Va., circuit court. Eramo is seeking a total of $7.85 million.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New York Governor Pledges Action After Revelations Of Nail Salon Work Conditions

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:36 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of a task force to investigate and tackle abuse in the state's more than 2,000 nail salons.

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World
5:40 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Report: Record 38 Million People Displaced Within Their Country

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:58 am

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Business
4:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Recovery Begins For Small Businesses Hit By Baltimore Riots

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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U.S.
6:20 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

In Baltimore, The Curfew Ends And Residents Observe A Day Of Reflection

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 7:44 pm

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Baltimore Police Hand Freddie Gray Investigation Report To Prosecutors

Demonstrators gather at Pennsylvania Station to march to Baltimore City Hall on Wednesday over the death of Freddie Gray. A Baltimore Police Department task force handed over its investigation into Gray's death to the state's attorney's office.
Kenneth K. Lam TNS /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 12:43 pm

The Baltimore Police Department says the van transporting Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody and later died, made one more stop than previously thought.

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the stop was made at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Mosher Street. A private camera helped make the discovery, he said.

The stop was one of four made by the van that was transporting Gray who suffered a spine injury at some point after his April 12 arrest on a weapons charge.

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All Tech Considered
6:12 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google is launching a two-week-long patent marketplace next month, where sellers can name their own price.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

In the most straightforward of language, Google announced its very own patent marketplace on Monday. "We invite you to sell us your patents," reads the first sentence of the blog post announcing the news.

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All Tech Considered
5:37 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of 'Mobilegeddon'

The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. This week, Google is changing the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.
Virginia Mayo AP

Google has a lot of algorithms. And the company updates them on a regular basis. But one update that started rolling out Tuesday has tech writers across the Internet warning of a coming "Mobilegeddon."

The change is only taking place on Google searches made on smartphones. The results will favor websites deemed "mobile friendly," giving them higher rankings than sites that are only optimized for desktops and laptops.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Twitter changed its direct messaging guidelines Monday. Now, any user can direct-message any other user even if they are not following each other. The new feature is not automatically enabled; users will have to opt in.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:04 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET: Twitter responds to harassment questions

"Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier," says Twitter Senior Software Engineer Nhu Vuong in a blog post announcing a change to Twitter's direct messaging system. The new feature gives users the ability to receive messages whether the user follows them or not. Vuong used an example of an ice cream shop and a fan to show what's changed:

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The Two-Way
8:33 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

WikiLeaks Makes It Easy To Access Hacked Sony Pictures Information

Large amounts of data hacked from Sony Pictures last year have been made public online by WikiLeaks
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:02 am

WikiLeaks has posted a searchable archive of more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 private documents belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment. The movie conglomerate reacted angrily to the news on Thursday, saying that it condemned the indexing of stolen employee and other privileged information.

The data was hacked in November of last year, revealing multiple embarrassing e-mail exchanges between Sony executives and personal information from thousands of employees, including social security numbers.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Adrian Peterson To Be Reinstated By NFL

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (center) is seen following a court appearance last year in Conroe, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 6:15 pm

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

The NFL has announced that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated Friday as "an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings."

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The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 1:06 am

After a one-day delay due to weather, SpaceX successfully launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station. In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote, "Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station."

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