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The Two-Way
6:59 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The 'Times' Of London Reverts To Type To Motivate Reporters

The newsroom of Radio Free Europe in 1971, when typewriters were the technology of choice.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 7:52 am

In a striking display of confidence in the sensory impact of old-school technology, the Times of London has set up speakers in its newsroom to broadcast the sound of typewriters clicketing and clacking to inspire reporters to buckle down for deadline, according to The Independent newspaper.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Report Finds No Proof That Delays In Care Caused Veterans' Deaths

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 3:58 pm

The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a new report today that there was no proof that delays in care at the VA facility in Phoenix led to the death of as many as 40 veterans. But the report did find other systemwide problems that the department said it will fix.

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Returns To Surgery Following Crash

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh speaks during a news conference in 2012.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 5:53 pm

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was returned to surgery at a New Hampshire hospital on Tuesday, after suffering serious injuries in what police say was a one-car crash Monday, according to the Burlington Free Press. The newspaper also reports that Freeh is under armed guard.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

ISIS Condo Project, Others Rethink Their Names

This image is from the Facebook page of the now-renamed 3 Thirty Three Downtown. The project in West Palm Beach, Fla., was previously called ISIS Downtown.
3 Thirty Three Downtown/Facebook

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:43 pm

It's not a good time to be called ISIS. A Florida condo project, a line of adult lingerie in the U.K. and others with similar names are rethinking their names.

ISIS Downtown, a development in West Palm Beach, Fla., is changing its name to 3 Thirty Three Downtown. No reason was given, but the change was noted on the project's Facebook page, which now has an updated image with the new name.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat

United Airlines jets are seen at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 1:54 pm

Flying is already a pain. But a story from the Associated Press Tuesday really brings home the point: The wire service reports that an entire plane was diverted on Sunday after a fight broke out over a passenger's right to recline her seat.

The AP explains:

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jewish Center Targeted During 2008 Mumbai Attacks Reopens

Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, the new director of Nariman House in Mumbai, lights a candle Tuesday at the spot where his predecessor, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, was killed during a 2008 attack.
Indranil Mukherjee AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:51 am

Rabbis from across Asia attended Tuesday's ceremony to mark the reopening of the Jewish center in Mumbai, India, that was one of the scenes of the bloody attacks on the city in November 2008.

The Nov. 26, 2008, attack on India's commercial capital killed more than 160 people, including six people at Nariman House, the Chabad center in historic south Mumbai. Among those killed at the Jewish center were Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife, who had lived in Mumbai since 2003. Their 2-year-old son was saved by his nanny and now lives in Israel.

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Hamas, Israel Reach Long-Term Cease-Fire Deal

Palestinians inspect the damage to the Italian Complex following several late-night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Tuesday.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 12:29 pm

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

After seven weeks of intense fighting that's killed more than 2,000 people, Hamas and Israel have announced a long-term cease-fire deal.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement in Ramallah on Tuesday, saying both sides will return to the negotiating table to deal with other demands. Abbas suggested he wanted an outcome that ends the cycle of war in the region.

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Burger King To Buy Canada's Tim Hortons For $11 Billion

A pedestrian walks past a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles.
Nick Ut AP

In a deal that would create the third-largest fast-food chain, Burger King announced on Tuesday that it intended to buy Canada's Tim Hortons for about $11 billion.

The deal, reports Bloomberg, also moves the company's headquarters to Canada. Bloomberg explains:

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

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

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Leaders Of Russia, Ukraine Meet To Discuss Conflict

A Sich special volunteer battalion member attends an oath-taking and farewell ceremony in Kiev on Tuesday. The battalion is leaving the Ukrainian capital to take part in anti-terrorists operation in the east of the country.
Sergei Supinsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 9:29 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko were meeting Tuesday for talks many hope will lead to peace between Kiev and separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Reuters reports the two presidents shared a handshake at the start of the talks in Belarus.

Reporting from Donetsk, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says the prospects for peace are still far off. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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