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6:31 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Spain's King Juan Carlos Will Abdicate In Favor Of Son

Spain's King Juan Carlos signs a document in the Zarzuela Palace, planning his abdication, in this photo released by the Royal Palace. Juan Carlos will be replaced by his son, Crown Prince Felipe.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:54 am

This post was updated at 10:45 a.m. ET

The news comes as something of a surprise: King Juan Carlos of Spain is abdicating and will be succeeded by his 46-year-old son, Crown Prince Felipe.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made the announcement at a hastily called news conference Monday, saying that Juan Carlos is "convinced that this is the best moment for a change in the leadership of state with complete normalcy," according to El Pais.

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The Two-Way
8:24 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Ann B. Davis, Alice On 'The Brady Bunch,' Dies At 88

Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2007. Emmy-winning actress Davis, who played the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch, died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday.
Gus Ruelas AP

The Emmy-winning actress, famous for often keeping the rowdy household on The Brady Bunch under control as Alice the housekeeper, died Sunday in San Antonio. She was 88.

The Associated Press reports that an autopsy is planned for Monday, but that according to Bill Frey, a longtime friend of Davis, she suffered a fall at her home on Saturday and never recovered.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Report: NSA Collects Millions Of Photos For Facial Recognition Project

Because of the big news about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, we missed another big story on Saturday that was published by The New York Times: Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the paper reports the U.S.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

A Sisyphean Task Begins As 'Forget' Requests Roll Into Google

Following a European court ruling, Google is taking requests to delete personal information. At one point on Friday, the search engine was getting more than 20 requests a minute.
Jens Meyer AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:07 pm

Google opened an online form this week allowing European users to request that information about their lives be deleted from the search engine.

In the first 24 hours, more than 12,000 people asked to be "forgotten."

The company was responding to a European Court of Justice ruling in May that said citizens have the right to request certain information be removed, if, for instance, the information is inaccurate or outdated.

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Sun June 1, 2014

In The Midst Of A Historic Lull, Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off

Barbara Cassidy stands in front of her Davie, Fla., mobile home one month after Hurricane Wilma destroyed her home in 2005. Wilma was the last major storm to make landfall in the U.S.
J. Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 12:57 pm

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is now officially upon us. And it comes in the midst of a historic lull.

Time explains that it's been 3,142 days since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger made landfall in the United States. The last one was Hurricane Wilma, which at its peak had winds of 185 mph and made landfall in Florida in 2005.

"That's an unprecedented streak, going back to 1900—the longest drought before the current one was nearly 1,000 days shorter," Time goes on.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Co-Owner Of 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Among 7 Killed In Plane Crash

Businessman Lewis Katz was among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts on Saturday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:57 am

The co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among seven people killed in a plane crash on Saturday in Massachusetts.

Inquirer editor Bill Marimow told his newspaper that 72-year-old Lewis Katz was on board the Gulfstream IV private jet headed for Atlantic City.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Hagel Defends Trade of Guantanamo Prisoners For U.S. Soldier

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, speaks to members of the media aboard a U.S. military aircraft on Sunday. Hagel said quick action was necessary to save Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's life, leaving no time to disclose the administration's plans to Congress.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:35 am

A day after Taliban officials handed him over to a group of American Special Forces, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now receiving a medical evaluation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

That's according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who spoke to reporters during a pre-scheduled trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
4:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Who Are The 5 Guantanamo Detainees In Prisoner Swap?

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:34 am

As part of a prisoner swap to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the United States agreed to transfer five Guantánamo detainees to Qatar.

NPR's Tom Bowman received a list of the prisoners being released from a Pentagon official. According to documents leaked to the organization WikiLeaks, all five prisoners were high-ranking Taliban officials. Some were considered high-risk and "likely to post a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies."

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

A Modern Milestone: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion Views

Psy performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in New York.
Charles Sykes AP

The South Korean pop star Psy has reached a decidedly modern milestone: His hit, "Gangnam Style" has reached 2 billion (yes, with a "b") plays on YouTube.

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Afghan Taliban Release U.S. Soldier Captured In 2009

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl watches in July 2009 as one of his captors displays Bergdahl's identity tag during the first of several videos the Taliban released of the soldier.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 10:17 am

(This post was last updated Sunday at 5:50 a.m. ET. on Sunday)

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been released by the Afghan Taliban after almost five years of being held captive, the White House said on Saturday.

In exchange for Bergdahl's release, the U.S. will transfer five detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison to Qatar.

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