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12:58pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

A's Pitcher Bartolo Colon Suspended For 50 Games After Failing Doping Test

Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon works against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game Aug. 18, 2012, in Oakland.
Ben Margot AP

The Oakland A's Bartolo Colon becomes the second player in a week to fail a doping test.

Major League Baseball said Colon is suspended 50 games because he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. It was the same thing that got the Giants' Melky Cabrera suspended last week.

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10:45am

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: One, Two, Three; It's A Triple Play For the A's

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 10:48 am

Adam Rosales of the Oakland Athletics gets his throw off to Chris Carter at first base to complete Tuesday night's triple play.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

For the baseball fans out there:

MLB.com has posted video of Tuesday night's triple play pulled off by the Oakland Athletics during the team's 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

It was a classic 5-4-3 (that's third-to-second-to-first for the uninitiated) gem of a play.

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1:29am

Tue August 21, 2012
Middle East

Don't Charge That Electric Car Battery; Just Change It

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:01 am

Better Place is building a network of electric car battery changing stations throughout Israel. The idea is to make changing a spent electric battery as easy as pulling into the gas station for gasoline. Here, Better Place CEO Shai Agassi is shown in front of a cutaway model of an electric car at the company's showroom in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

It looks like a bright new car wash, but it's a battery swapping station for electric cars in Israel. When a vehicle pulls up, it is slowly pulled through a conveyor. The spent battery is taken out and replaced with one that is fully charged. The entire process takes less than five minutes.

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8:57am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Scott McKenzie, Who Sang 'San Francisco' In The Summer Of Love, Dies

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:04 am

Scott McKenzie, center, with the members of The Mamas and the Papas in 1967. John Phillips, far right, wrote San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). McKenzie died Saturday.
Worth AP

He sang a gentle song that became a hit and something of a theme song for 1967's "Summer of Love."

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7:07am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

'I Function Off Fear,' Said Director Tony Scott, Who Died Sunday

Tony Scott in a 2009 file photo.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images
  • Neda Ulaby on 'Morning Edition'

The death Sunday of director Tony Scott, who appears to have jumped from a Los Angeles County bridge in what's being investigated as a suicide, has "shocked Hollywood and the fans of his memorable movies," as NPR's Neda Ulaby said earlier on Morning Edition.

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