The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

iPhone 4S Sales Top 4 Million In First Weekend

An Apple Store customer looks at the new Apple iPhone 4S on Oct. 14 in San Francisco.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:02 pm

Apple announced today that its iPhone 4S has sold more than four million units in the three days after it went on sale.

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Matt has been a reporter at KUT off and on since 2006.  He came to Austin from Boston, then went back for a while--but couldn't stand to be away--so he came back to Austin.  Matt grew up in Maine (but hates lobster), and while it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

1:37 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

Jobs — or the lack of them — are one of main issues in the presidential campaigns as the nation's unemployment rate continues to hover around 9 percent.

Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired. Some say age discrimination is a key factor working against them.

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Mitt Romney
1:15 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

An Adviser To Both Plans Explains The Differences

As Mitt Romney's opponents continue to compare "Romneycare" unfavorably with "Obamacare," we decided to take another look at the plans' similarities and differences. For additional insight, we turned to John McDonough, director of Harvard's Center for Public Health Leadership.

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Mitt Romney
1:14 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

A Tale Of Two Health Plans: Romney Versus Obama

President Obama, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, signs health care insurance legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010.

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be headed into the 2012 GOP presidential primary season as the consistent, if not overwhelming, favorite for his party's nomination.

But there remains great discomfort among a wide swath of party members over the striking similarity of the Massachusetts health care reform legislation Romney signed in 2006 as governor, and the federal health care overhaul President Obama put his signature on last year.

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Latin America
12:53 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Cuba's 'Ladies In White' Mourn Leader's Death

Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba.

Javier Galeano AP

In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.

The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 2:14 pm

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

A Camera's Not The Only Thing Tourists Bring On Visits To Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is seen through fog prior to the start of the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty ceremony on Liberty Island in Sept. 2011.

Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Quick: What's the first thing you'd grab for a day trip to Liberty Island to get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty?

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The Salt
12:22 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Farm Subsidies Birds And Fish Would Choose

This wetland in Iowa was created with money from conservation subsidy programs.

Lynn Betts USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service

With the 2012 farm bill coming up fast, we're taking a closer look at what it is and how it shapes food policy and land use in an occasional series. This is part three.

Capitol Hill is a scrum of lobbyists fighting over a shrinking budget these days, and farm subsidies are under attack as never before. Some of those subsidies appear likely to die.

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Middle East
11:48 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Israel-Palestinian Prisoner Swap Stirs Strong Debate

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Faizeh al-Maslamani (left) with her sister and a portrait of her husband, Ali, due to be released with more than 470 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday. Ali spent most of the past three decades in an Israeli jail. Faizeh says he has 10 grandchildren he's never seen. She hopes he'll accept "a life sentence in the house."

Peter Kenyon NPR

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 10:05 am

By a strong majority, Israelis support the decision to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Still, it has provoked a painful debate, one that played out Monday, as it has several times before when Israel made similar lopsided trades in the past.

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