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2:57 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:31 am

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Justice Dept. Faults Philly Police For Poor Training On Deadly Force Policy

Philadelphia police officers "do not receive regular, consistent training on the department's deadly force policy," the Justice Department said today in a review of the city's 394 officer-involved shootings between 2007 and 2014.

The department also said: "PPD recruit training is not conducted in a systematic and modular fashion. As a result, some recruit classes receive firearms training close to the end of the academy, whereas others receive it early on."

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Israel's Netanyahu Apologizes For Remarks On Arab Voters

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 1:52 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to his country's Arab citizens for his comments ahead of last week's elections, saying he did not intend to offend them when he said Israel's Arabs were voting "in droves" to unseat his government.

"I know the things I said a few days ago hurt some of Israel's citizens and hurt Israel's Arabs. I had no intention to do that. I apologize for it," he said at a meeting with representatives of Israel's minority communities.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Singapore Mourns Founding Leader Lee Kuan Yew

A woman lights candles in memory of Lee Kuan Yew at a community center in Singapore. Lee, Singapore's first premier, died Monday at the age of 91.
Wallace Woon EPA /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:28 pm

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore who transformed the sleepy British colony into a commercial powerhouse, is being mourned today in his country and beyond.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Yemen Descends Into Chaos As Foreign Minister Seeks Help From Neighbors

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on Monday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:12 pm

Britain reportedly has withdrawn its remaining special forces from Yemen, days after a similar U.S. move, in response to the worsening security that the U.N. envoy for Yemen described as the "edge of civil war."

The reported development comes as Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen called on his Arab neighbors to intervene militarily to stop the inroads made by Shiite Houthi fighters in the predominantly Sunni Muslim country.

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Paris Bans Some Cars For A Day To Battle Smog

A photo taken on Feb. 12 shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris through thick smog.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 1:05 pm

Paris has banned cars with license plates ending in even numbers from its roads today to reduce smog that last week briefly made the City of Lights among the world's most polluted places.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley, who is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit, says the Paris Metro and other public transportation are free for the next few days to encourage people to use them. The ban on cars doesn't extend to electric, hybrid or emergency vehicles.

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The Two-Way
7:46 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Media Dissect Sen. Ted Cruz's Presidential Prospects

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives Sunday for a walk-through for his Monday speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in which he is expected to formally launch his campaign for president.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:34 am

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his bid for the presidency with a tweet early Monday morning, becoming the first major Republican to declare that he is running.

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Mon March 23, 2015

A Side Of SpaceX You May Not Have Seen Before

Satellite separation during the Falcon 1 ABS/Eutelsat launch.
SpaceX

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 3:18 pm

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

SpaceX has put all of its images in the public domain — as the result of a tweet.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday:

Among the responses was this one:

Musk's reply:

SpaceX posted new images on its website and on Flickr. The decision puts SpaceX in the company of NASA, which also has its images in the public domain.

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The Two-Way
5:51 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Police Suspend Investigation Of U.Va. Rape Claims Made In 'Rolling Stone'

The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville was at the center of rape allegations contained in the Rolling Stone story. The magazine acknowledged that its reporting had been flawed, and the campus ban on the fraternity was subsequently lifted.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:31 pm

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. Investigation Suspended:

The police department in Charlottesville, Va., says it has suspended its investigation into allegations of a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia in 2012.

The allegations came to national prominence after Rolling Stone published a cover story on the case.

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