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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Tue March 4, 2014

For Those Itching To Etch, Great Wall Now Has A Graffiti Zone

Two of the names carved into the Great Wall, in this case near Badaling, China. Authorities hope to cut down on graffiti by giving tourists a designated spot to leave their marks.
David Guttenfelder AP

Chinese authorities are trying to contain a growing problem — graffiti written on and carved into the stones of the Great Wall of China — by giving tourists a designated section on which they can leave their marks.

China News Service reports that "Mutianyu, a famous section of the Great Wall of China, has established a specified area for graffiti to better protect the ancient heritage item, the governing authority said on Sunday."

Most of the graffiti, the news service says, is in English.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Tue March 4, 2014

At Last, No News Is Good News When It Comes To The Weather

For one day at least, an "all clear" has been issued.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:37 am

We wouldn't normally post a map that basically says there's nothing happening.

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Book News: 'Goodnight Moon' Author's Lullabies See The Light After 60 Years

If the latest compilation of works by Margaret Wise Brown, best known for the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon, puts you to sleep, that's a good thing.
Kathy Willens AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
6:36 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his news conference Tuesday.
Alexei Nikolsky AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:50 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's David Greene speaks with 'New York Times' Moscow correspondent Steven Lee Myers

(We updated this post at 11:55 a.m. ET.)

Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground.

Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Tue March 4, 2014

What's Your Travoltified Name?

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

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Around the Nation
5:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Minnesota Farmer Builds 50-Foot Snowman

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

Greg Novak calls his snowman Granddaddy. It took him five weeks and hundreds of hours to construct.

Europe
5:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Russian Troops Pullback From Ukraine Border, Remain In Crimea

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

David Greene gets the latest on Russia's military moves in Ukraine from Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times. Russia portrays the Kiev government as rabid nationalists threatening ethnic Russians.

Research News
5:08 am
Tue March 4, 2014

When It Comes To Vaccines, Science Can Run Into A Brick Wall

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

The public health community has been trying for years to debunk the spurious connection people have been making between vaccines and autism. Have the messages been backfiring?

Business
4:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

FCC To Fine TV Companies For Misuse Of Emergency Alert System

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed fines of nearly $2 million against Viacom, ESPN and NBCUniversal for broadcasting an ad that misuses the warning sounds of the emergency system.

Politics
4:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Sen. Cornyn Expected To Win Tuesday's GOP Primary In Texas

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is ahead of his leading challenger Steve Stockman, heading into Tuesday's Republican primary. Stockman was once a Tea Party favorite but he no longer enjoys their support.

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