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Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

It's So Hot That ...

Dealing with the dog days: This pooch in Manhattan found one way to stay cool Thursday (July 21, 2011).
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Hot hot is it?

"#itssohot my makeup melted as I was applying it." (@sleepgh on Twitter.)

Or, "#itssohot my Iced Coffee cup says 'Caution: Hot Beverage' on it." (@number6six.)

Feel free to join that Twitter trend or give us your own "it's so hot" responses in our comments section.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Pilot Neglects To Check Plane's Gas Tank

James Hollis was in the sky over Darby, Montana, when his engine died. The retired air traffic controller skillfully piloted his aircraft downward. He touched down on a highway. His heroic landing was made necessary by a basic oversight: He forgot to put gas in the plane.


Fri July 22, 2011

Russian Law Aims At Curbing Appetite For Alcohol

Beer is marketed in Russia as a healthy alternative to vodka. And it's working. Beer sales are up more than 40 percent in the last decade. Now President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a bill aimed at curbing the use of alcohol.


Fri July 22, 2011

Want To Be A Macho, Macho Man? Be A Daddy

Po Bronson is the co-author of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children.

I'm not sure why my friend Todd had genuine AMF white bowling pins at his apartment. But I know the yellow metal Tonka dumpster was a present from him for my newborn son, Luke, something to grow into in a year or so.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Middle East

Why Are 'Arab Spring' Protests Held On Friday?

In northern Africa and the Middle East, Friday is often a big day for anti-government protests. In Egypt's revolution, many of the biggest protests came after people finished Friday prayers, poured out of the mosques and marched through the streets. Religion writer Reza Aslan talks to Steve Inskeep about the timing of those demonstrations.