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7:25 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Pope Encourages Putin To Engage In 'Sincere' Peace Efforts In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday with Italian officials and Pope Francis, as the U.S. sought to encourage the Vatican to join the West in condemning Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Luca Bruno AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:03 am

Updated 1:50 a.m. ET Thursday:

Russian President Vladimir Putin was about an hour and 20 minutes late for his meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday. The two greeted each other in German and spent about 50 minutes in closed-door talks.

On the topic of eastern Ukraine, the pope encouraged Putin to make "sincere" efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists are battling government troops.

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Obama Authorizes Deploying Up To 450 More Troops To Iraq

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:43 pm

Update at 12:20 p.m. ET. Up To 450 More Troops:

President Obama has authorized the Pentagon to send up to 450 additional troops to Iraq in an effort to beef up the training of local security forces in their fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

In a statement, press secretary Josh Earnest said the military personnel will "train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces at Taqaddum military base in eastern Anbar province."

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The Two-Way
11:08 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008 for his collection Half of the World in Light.
Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:20 pm

Poetry readers, prepare yourselves for a passing of the laurels. The Library of Congress announced in the wee hours Wednesday that the next U.S. poet laureate will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He will be the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position.

"This is a mega-honor for me," Herrera said in the announcement, "for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — the honor is bigger than me."

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The Two-Way
10:57 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Cleveland Withstands Late Golden State Charge For 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots Tuesday against Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game Three of the NBA Finals in Cleveland.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors entered the playoffs viewed as an offensive juggernaut and a smart defensive team which — having dominated the stronger Western Conference — should be nearly unstoppable in the NBA finals.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed just how wrong that was through the first three quarters on Tuesday night in Cleveland, building a 17-point lead en route to a 96-91 win and a 2-1 series lead.

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The Two-Way
10:00 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Sex Pistols Artwork To Be Featured On Virgin Money Credit Cards

Virgin Money is rolling out a line of credit cards featuring artwork from the iconic punk band the Sex Pistols.
Virgin Money

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:54 am

The album artwork of one of the most important punk bands in music history has a new home: credit cards from Virgin Money. A statement announcing the cards said, "It's time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket."

Yeah. Credit cards. So rebellious.

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The Two-Way
7:09 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

McKinney Police Officer Seen Pinning Black Girl To The Ground Resigns

A still from a video showing Cpl. Eric Casebolt forcing a teenager to the ground in McKinney, Texas. Casebolt has resigned as an investigation continues.
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Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas, police officer seen on a video forcing a teenage girl to the ground and briefly drawing his gun while attempting to break up a disturbance at a community pool, has resigned. Police Chief Greg Conley made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday evening.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

NPR Red Cross Investigation Prompts Call For A Congressional Hearing

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 9:52 am

A Minnesota congressman is calling for a hearing into how the Red Cross spent millions of dollars donated for disaster relief in Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.

The subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation, the Red Cross raised nearly $500 million and promised to provide housing for more than 130,000 people, yet built just six homes.

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The Two-Way
4:28 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

'Headless Body In Topless Bar' Headline Writer Dies

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:22 pm

Vincent Musetto, a longtime editor at the New York Post, has died at the age of 74. The Post reports Musetto died Tuesday in hospice care at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three weeks ago. His daughter Carly VanTassell told the paper, "He wasn't in any pain. ... He passed peacefully in his sleep."

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Watchdog Questions Whether TSA Can Do Its Job

Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth testifies Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he's concerned about security lapses by the TSA.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 5:31 pm

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security says his office is "deeply concerned" about the ability of the Transportation Security Administration to carry out its mission. John Roth told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that despite hundreds of recommendations on security procedures "some problems appear to persist."

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Search Still On For 2 Men Who Escaped New York Prison Last Week

David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Authorities on Saturday, June 6, said Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, both convicted murderers, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.
New York State Police AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 3:25 am

Two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York last weekend are still on the loose. North Country Public Radio reports that at least 300 tips have come in so far, but authorities still have no idea where Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, two convicted murderers, actually are.

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