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11:24 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Rupert Murdoch Poised To Step Down As CEO Of 21st Century Fox

Rupert Murdoch (center) and his sons Lachlan (left) and James (right) are seen in a combination of file photos. Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and the Fox media empire, says he will hand over the reins of the company.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 2:41 pm

Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old Australian-born media baron, says he will step down as head of the global media empire 21st Century Fox, handing the reins to his son James.

A source has confirmed to NPR's David Folkenflik that James Murdoch would become head of the company. The elder Murdoch will become co-executive chairman with another son, Lachlan.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Virginia Teen Pleads Guilty To Supporting ISIS Over Social Media

A Virginia teenager pleaded guilty on Thursday of providing material support to the so-called Islamic State.

According to a statement of facts filed in federal court, Ali Shukri Amin took to Twitter to advocate on behalf of ISIS. Amin admitted that he showed the terrorist group how to use Bitcoin, a virtual currency, to mask its funding and he also admitted to helping another Virginia teen, 18-year-old Reza Niknejad, travel to Syria.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Joyce Carol Oates On Dinosaur-Killer Tweet: 'My Tweets Are Meant To Be Funny'

Author Joyce Carol Oates, seen here at a a panel discussion last October, sparked jokes, and then a debate, by tweeting about the "barbaric" killing of a triceratops.
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Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:23 pm

After Joyce Carol Oates sent an outraged tweet about the "barbaric" killing of an animal this week, a debate emerged: Was the author, 77, slipping? The question was prompted by the image accompanying Oates' tweet, of a triceratops and a smiling Steven Spielberg.

"So barbaric that this should still be allowed," Oates wrote. "No conservation laws in effect wherever this is?"

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Trio Of Astronauts Return To Earth After Record-Breaking ISS Mission

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy checks her Sokol pressure suit aboard the International Space Station. Cristoforetti, who set an endurance record, is among three astronauts who returned on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 10:45 am

Three astronauts are safely on the ground in Kazakhstan after their Soyuz capsule re-entered at the end of a record-breaking mission aboard the International Space Station. Their return to Earth was delayed by the loss of a Russian resupply ship.

NASA's Terry Virts, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russian Anton Shkaplerov were back on terra firma after 199 days in space. Cristoforetti's stay on the ISS broke an endurance record for a female astronaut.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Christopher Lee, Star In 'Dracula,' 'Star Wars,' Dies

British actor Sir Christopher Lee in London in 2010.
Joel Ryan AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:29 pm

Updated at 10 a.m. ET

Christopher Lee, the actor best known for defining the role of Dracula on the big screen, died on Sunday at the age of 93.

An official for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London confirmed the death.

For a younger generation, Lee is best known for his role as Saruman, the white-maned villain in the Lord of the Rings franchise. Lee also played Count Dooku, another villain with superhuman powers, in the Star Wars series.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Authorities Beef Up Search For Killers Who Escaped From New York Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 10:55 am

A massive manhunt for two killers who escaped from a prison in upstate New York has expanded to Vermont, where authorities learned the inmates talked of going before their jailbreak, but officials acknowledged that they have no firm leads.

David Sweat and Richard Matt, convicted murderers, made a complex and daring escape last weekend from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., and there has been no sign of them since.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Thu June 11, 2015

China Sentences Former Security Chief To Life In Prison For Corruption

A 2012 photo of Zhou Yongkang, the then-Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security. Zhou has been sentenced to life in prison over charges of corruption.
Lee Jin-man AP

China's former security chief has been sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to taking bribes and leaking state secrets.

As we've reported, Zhou Yongkang has been the highest-ranking official convicted as part of President Xi Jinping's promise to root out corruption.

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Libertarian Magazine 'Reason' Target Of Federal Subpoena

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 5:43 pm

Reason, the popular libertarian magazine, has been touched by the long arm of the law. The Department of Justice wants Reason to turn over information on the identities of six users who posted certain comments online.

Reason has since deleted the comments from its site but is declining to say whether it will comply with the federal order.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Toews Ends Scoring Drought In 2-1 Win As Chicago Ties Stanley Cup Finals

Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) and Patrick Kane (88) confer during Monday's Stanley Cup Final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tasos Katopodis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:19 pm

Update, 11 p.m. ET:

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews did in fact break out of his scoring drought and, with a second goal by left wing Brandon Saad that was assisted by Patrick Kane, propelled the Blackhawks to a 2-2 series tie Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay center Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, which had hoped to have Chicago on the brink of elimination when the Stanley Cup finals return to Florida on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. It was his second goal of the series and eighth of the playoffs.

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The Two-Way
3:19 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

'Some Indication' That N.Y. Escapees Might Have Headed To Vermont

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:10 pm

"There is some indication" that two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in New York "might have planned to head to Vermont" after escaping, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says.

He spoke at a news conference held near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., where inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped this past weekend.

Shumlin said the authorities have information suggesting the two men might have considered New York "too hot" and that they might instead head to a camp in Vermont.

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