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1:35pm

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

'Nothing Racist' Implied In 'Obama' Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:40 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says "nothing racist was ever implied."

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12:13pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Parallels

French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:40 am

U.S. Marines with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company slide off F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts during training in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The French company Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts for roughly two decades. Now the company is making the rafts in the U.S.
Lance Cpl. Reece E. Lodder Marine Corps Base Hawaii

For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.

"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. It is used by special forces and regular Army."

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11:14am

Wed August 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:40 am

The New York Times headquarters in New York City.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received a "Service Unavailable" message.

The news organization's Twitter account sent this message, before the site returned:

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5:16pm

Tue August 13, 2013
The Salt

In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:54 pm

Many different Middle Eastern cultures claim to have invented the kebab.
iStockphoto.com

When you hear the word "kebab" in America, you might think of skewers with chunks of chicken or beef and vegetables, marinated and grilled on coals or gas. But say "kebab" in the Middle East, and it means a lot of things — chunks of lamb or liver on skewers, or the more popular version of grilled ground meat logs found in Turkey, Iran and much of the Arab world.

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4:44pm

Tue August 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Hacking Real Things Becomes Child's Play At This Camp

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 7:56 am

Owen Chilcoat hacking his tablet. "I am just messing around ... trying to break it," he says.
Steve Henn NPR

At r00tz, a camp that takes place each year during the Def Con convention in Las Vegas, children learn to pick locks, hack smart TVs and, most important, how to take apart and understand the technology that surrounds them.

The scene inside the camp a couple weeks ago was a bit of a madhouse — controlled chaos. Little kids everywhere. Brendan Herman was trying to program a machine to draw pictures on ping-pong balls, wearing a tinfoil hat.

"To protect me from aliens," he said.

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