5:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

5:35am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

As He Hits The Road, Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low

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President Obama today sets off on a bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois that will extend into the middle of the week.

And as he does, there's this news from the pollsters at Gallup:

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5:28am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Runaway Blimp Crashes In Woman's Backyard

A 94-year-old Ohio woman didn't think much of the bang she heard during a weekend thunderstorm, until police started knocking on her door. They were coming to retrieve a blimp that had crashed in her backyard. The blimp became untethered at a Columbus airport, which is two miles away. It was on a 20-city tour to advertise a brand of vodka.

5:21am

Mon August 15, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Kid Tested, Not FDA Approved

Washington may pass legislation that restricts marketing foods to children.
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Kate Havard is an intern at The Weekly Standard.

The Obama administration is after your Lucky Charms, or at least your children's. The public comment period closed on July 14 for a set of "voluntary" guidelines for the marketing of food to children. If adopted, these rules will transform the advertising of breakfast cereals.

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5:20am

Mon August 15, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Greek To You? Nope, Just Yogurt

A container of Greek yogurt is opened and ready to eat. Some argue that calling this type of yogurt "Greek" is simply a marketing ploy.
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Margy Slattery is an intern at The New Republic.

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5:20am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Bombs Kill Dozens In Iraq; Mubarak Trial Resumes

Good morning.

Seemingly coordinated bombings in more than a dozen Iraqi cities today have left more than 50 people dead and even more wounded, according to various media reports. The Associated Press reports that "the blasts were coordinated to go off in the morning and included a combination of parked car bombs, roadside bombs and a suicide bomber driving a vehicle that rammed into a police station."

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4:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Statue Of Civil War General Forrest Still Draws Fire

The 25-foot statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, controversial Civil War general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan, sits off Interstate 65. It's behind a gate that's secured with six padlocks because Forrest's hard-charging style draws fire.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Middle East

Mubarak Returns To Cairo Courtroom For Trial

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to resume today in a heavily-guarded courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

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