The Two-Way
6:12 am
Tue July 15, 2014

After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign

An Israeli soldier stands on a military vehicle near Gaza early Tuesday, when a cease-fire was meant to take effect. The deal hasn't been embraced by all of Hamas.
Ariel Schalit AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 5:26 am

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

A day that dawned with hopes for a fragile peace is closing with hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians appearing to intensify.

Early Tuesday, Israel had accepted the terms of a cease-fire proposed by Egypt, but Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, continued firing rockets.

A Hamas spokesman complained to NPR's Ari Shapiro that Egypt's current government is hostile to the group and its proposal didn't deal at all with Palestinian demands.

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4:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Proposal From Egypt

Palestinians walk by the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli missile strike on Monday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:12 pm

Post updated: 2:15 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Israel's Security Cabinet has accepted Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza. Hamas has not yet formally accepted the proposal. According to The Associated Press: The plan calls for a cease-fire to begin within 12 hours of "unconditional acceptance" by the sides, followed by the opening of Gaza's border crossings and talks in Cairo within two days. Tuesday marks the eighth day of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Accounting Giant To Pay $4 Million After Improper Lobbying

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:45 pm

The accounting firm of Ernst & Young has agreed to pay $4 million to settle civil charges that it violated federal rules when a subsidiary lobbied Congress on behalf of audit clients.

"Ernst & Young engaged in lobbying activities that constituted improper advocacy and clearly violated the rules," said Scott W. Friestad, associate director of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which announced the penalty Monday.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Trump Plaza Latest Atlantic City Casino To Fold

The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opened to much fanfare in 1984 but may close by mid-September.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:37 pm

The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino is expected to close on Sept. 16, making it the latest in a series of Atlantic City casinos to go under.

As required by federal law in advance of mass layoffs, the hotel sent out warnings about the planned closure to employees on Monday. According to a document obtained by The Associated Press, a total of 1,153 layoffs are expected.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

Jane Headford designed this Dr. Seuss bench, which is spending the summer alongside the River Thames
Courtesy of The National Literacy Trust

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:36 pm

Chicago had cows, St. Louis has cakes and now London has benches that look like opened books.

The National Literacy Trust, along with public art promoter Wild in Art, has commissioned and placed 50 benches around town that are painted to look like pages and scenes from famous books.

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1:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star

Those tipping their caps to Derek Jeter include former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his former teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Tino Martinez, in a new ad by Nike.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 2:46 pm

We're halfway through the last baseball season for New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and that's reason enough for Nike's Jordan Brand to craft a stirring tribute that shows his fellow sports stars, fans and rivals giving a nod to the shortstop.

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12:11 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

In Nigeria, Malala Calls For Release Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Malala Yousafzai, the well-known Pakistani activist, met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday to discuss the plight of more than 200 kidnapped girls.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:17 pm

Boko Haram, the extremist group that kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls last April, has released a new video mocking international calls for the girls' release.

The video was seen as a snub of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who gained prominence after being shot in 2012 by the Pakistani Taliban for campaigning for girls' education. She met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday to discuss the plight of the missing girls.

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11:24 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Church Of England Will Allow Women To Serve As Bishops

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, shown here in Kenya last October, supported the decision to ordain women as bishops.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:44 pm

The Church of England voted Monday to ordain women as bishops.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the church's spiritual leader, said before the vote that the public would find it "almost incomprehensible" if the church's General Synod did not approve the change.

A similar proposal was narrowly defeated in 2012. A revised proposal had been put to a vote and approved in 43 of the church's 44 dioceses, according to the BBC.

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10:56 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash

Spain's Alberto Contador abandons the Tour de France after crashing during the 10th stage Monday.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:49 am

These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain's Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday's mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome abandoned the race.

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9:50 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Former Captive Bergdahl Will Return To Regular Duty In Army

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:58 am

The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas. When he was released in May, Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years.

Responding to questions from NPR's Tom Bowman about his status, the Army issued a statement:

"Sgt. Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of U.S. Army South and is currently being assigned to U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA).

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