The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

Army veteran Bernie Klemanek, of Mineral, Va., stops to salute his fallen comrades on Memorial Day during an early morning visit Monday to "The Wall" at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:08 am

Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself. A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Texas Governor Calls Flood Damage 'Devastating'

San Marcos, Texas, resident Keith Varela checks out the damage done to his wife's truck in the San Marcos Mobile Home Park on Sunday.
Jerry Lara EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:16 am

Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the flood damage in the central part of his state "absolutely devastating."

Abbott flew over parts of the Blanco River Monday, a day after storms triggered flooding. The hardest-hit communities were Wimberley and San Marcos. Abbott added 24 counties to the disaster declaration he issued earlier this month to help communities overwhelmed with heavy rains and tornado damage.

The high water forced Peggy Wilborn — and her neighbors — from their homes in Wimberley.

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8:10 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs! Donate!

Families peruse the belongings left behind by DePauw students.
Stan Jastrzebski

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:49 pm

The goat barn at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind., will soon be full of, well, goats. But right now it's full of folding tables stacked with clothes, books and housewares — including an anatomically correct coffee mug in the shape of a woman.

At the tables are families, lots of them. Some waited in line for more than an hour to get first dibs on the larger items, like furniture and appliances. Carrie Ardito was first in that line and ran to the back to claim a clothes dryer.

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3:43 am
Mon May 25, 2015

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Army Spc. Jerral Hancock sits for a portrait with his son Julius. It is believed that Hancock was trapped under the wreckage of his Army tank in Iraq for half an hour before he was rescued.
Courtesy of David Jay/Unknown Soldier

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 12:50 pm

It's impolite to stare. But when it comes to severely injured soldiers, maybe we don't look enough; or maybe we'd rather not see wounded veterans at all.

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Back At Base
3:39 am
Mon May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

A memorial honors Staff Sgt. John Henry McCarthy on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Colborne Road in Boston.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Walk through a town square this Memorial Day and you might just see a marker or monument commemorating sacrifice in war. On it: The name of an American who died in combat.

In some parts of the city of Boston, there are markers on nearly every corner.

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The Two-Way
2:27 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:08 am

Juan Pablo Montoya came from last place to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It was his second victory at the Brickyard — the first was 15 years ago.

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8:28 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Death Toll Rises After Storms Barrel Through Plains, Midwest

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 3:25 am

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.

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6:21 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

In New England, Recognizing A Little-Known History Of Slavery

The new African Burying Ground Memorial Park was dedicated on Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 7:27 am

Two men are sliding nine pine coffins into a vault in the ground on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, N.H. The remains were disinterred in 2003, part of a long-forgotten burial ground for African slaves discovered during routine road work. Now, they are being reburied among 200 other long forgotten men and women as part of Portsmouth's new African Burying Ground Memorial Park.

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Carter complained that Iraqi forces lacked "the will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:04 am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State and that they lost western Anbar province to the extremist group despite outnumbering their opponents.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sun May 24, 2015

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the university in Oct. 1994 after being named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:00 am

Updated at 12:01 p.m. ET

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory and differential equations, was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police say. He was 86.

His death was first reported by citing a police official. NPR has confirmed the report through longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg. The couple were killed on Saturday.

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