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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Operator Of Drone That Crashed At White House Works At Intelligence Agency

The Secret Service released this photo of a "quad copter" that crashed on the White House grounds Monday. The agency says the copter's operator reported crashing it this morning.
Secret Service

We told you Monday about a "quad copter" that crashed on the White House grounds. The Secret Service said the person who was operating the device later called to say (s)he had lost control of it, noting the person had been cooperative. Well, today we know a little more. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said one of its employees was operating the drone.

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The Two-Way
3:33 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don't Hold Sway On Marriage

Robert Bate of Birmingham holds signs endorsing same-sex marriage outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. On Tuesday, the chief justice of the state's supreme court said federal courts are overstepping their jurisdiction in deciding cases about the issue.
TAMIKA MOORE AL.COM /Landov

Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.

Chief Justice Roy Moore said that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade "has raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:47 pm

The Obama administration has for the first time opened up parts of the Atlantic coast to drilling while at the same time designating another nearly 10 million acres in energy-rich Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:39 pm

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S. needs to balance its concerns about Saudi human rights with "immediate concerns" such as counterterrorism and regional stability.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New High, Report Finds

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:40 pm

A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

'I Don't Trust U.S. Politics,' Fidel Castro Reportedly Writes

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:51 am

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained silent ever since the the U.S. and Cuba announced plans for a rapprochement back in December.

Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.

If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006. He handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl and ever since, rumors of his death have emerged every few weeks.

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Tuesday.
Alik Keplicz AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:07 pm

Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:32 pm

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

A series of images show that asteroid 2004 BL86 has a small moon.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:33 pm

In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed Earth, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, it's the closest this asteroid will pass by Earth for at least the next two centuries. So when it flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on it.

Scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., captured a stunning set of images that revealed 2004 BL86 has a small moon.

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