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8:27am

Mon August 29, 2011
Monkey See

Why Did I Watch Fourteen Hours Of The Weather Channel? I'm Not Sure.

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 9:49 am

In this handout image provided by The Weather Channel, Jim Cantore reports on Hurricane Irene from Battery Park on Sunday.
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If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I spent all day Saturday watching The Weather Channel. It started very early in the morning when I woke up nervous and headed out to the living room. The hurricane hadn't even made landfall yet, but they already had a guy on the beach who had been assigned to watch over a wooden pier to see if it would collapse. "I appreciate The Weather Channel's nonstop coverage of America's Pier," I said to practically nobody, since practically nobody was awake.

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7:50am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Happy Feet, The Lost Penguin, Is Headed Home

Safe journey, little guy: Happy Feet in his container aboard the research vessel Tangaroa earlier today.
Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

Two months after he showed up 2,000 miles from home, Happy Feet the three-year-old Emperor Penguin is on a ship that will give him a big head start on his way from New Zealand to Antarctica.

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7:05am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending Rebounds; Obama Chooses New Economic Adviser

Consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in July from June, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported. The increase came as personal income rose 0.3 percent.

Spending had dipped 0.1 percent in June from May. That had raised concerns about whether consumers — who buy about 70 percent of all goods and services — might pull an already weak economy down further.

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6:55am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

What's Got Folks Talking? Beyonce's Baby Bump

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:26 am

Beyonce during her performace Sunday.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Our pal Linda Holmes over at Monkey See knows much more about these types of things than we do, but we do want to take a quick break from natural disasters and other heavy news to note that megastar Beyonce Knowles apparently stole the show at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards by cleverly revealing to the world that she and Jay-Z are expecting a child.

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6:15am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Powell: Cheney's Taking 'Cheap Shots'

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 6:55 am

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell during his appearance Sunday on CBS News' Face the Nation.
Chris Usher CBS News via Getty Images

Colin Powell isn't a fan of Dick Cheney's new memoir.

On CBS News' Face the Nation this weekend, former Bush administration secretary of state Powell said that Bush-era vice president Cheney takes some "cheap shots" and "overshot the runway" in the book that goes on sale this week.

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