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2:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Not Ready For You Yet

Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:06 pm

Meet Jake. At 500 pounds, he stands 4 feet 4 four inches tall, with a spine that stretches another foot. He has white urethane skin, a flat head sporting an array of camera lenses, and a laser scanner in his throat.

And he may be coming to a home near you.

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The Two-Way
2:08 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Obama Nominee As Ambassador To Iraq Withdraws

Brett H. McGurk.
Harvard Institute of Politics

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:08 pm

Revelations that President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq had an extramarital affair with a reporter have cost Brett H. McGurk his nomination.

As The New York Times reports, a series of leaked racy e-mails between McGurk and Gina Chon, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, caused Republican opposition to his nomination as ambassador.

The Times reports:

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Mon June 18, 2012

U.S. Charges Former Colombian General With Helping Major Drug Traffickers

The United States has indicted a former police general who worked as a security chief for former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

Ex-Gen. Mauricio Santoyo Velasco is charged with helping major drug traffickers evade the law to import cocaine into the United States. The AP reports Velasco was also on the traffickers' payroll.

The wire service adds:

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