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5:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Biden Says ISIS 'No Longer On The Move' In Iraq

Vice President Biden delivers remarks on U.S. policy in Iraq at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
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Vice President Joe Biden says that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is no longer on the move in Iraq.

"The jury's still out, but the momentum is in the right direction," Biden said in a speech at National Defense University in Washington, in advance of a visit next week by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Biden laid out the destructive path of ISIS — also called ISIL — citing the collapse of the Iraqi Army, the fall of Mosul and the "slaughter" and "ethnic cleansing" that followed.

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5:27 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

S.C. Dashcam Video: A Broken Tail Light, A Routine Traffic Stop, A Fleeing Man

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:37 pm

Dashcam video released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division shows a routine traffic stop by Officer Michael Slager in North Charleston that eventually resulted in Walter Scott, 50, running from the vehicle.

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The Two-Way
4:04 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Study Finds The Poor Subject To Unfair Fines, Driver's License Suspensions

Researchers conclude that tickets and fines hit the poor harder than other Californians. Nonpayment brings additional punishments such as heavy fines and driver's license suspensions.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:57 pm

A new report says an issue highlighted recently in Ferguson, Mo. — that tickets and fines disproportionately burden people of color and the poor, and lead to their incarceration — is not limited to Missouri.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

PHOTO: Vice President Biden Steals A Baby's Pacifier

Joe Biden takes Jasper Bloomberg's pacifier.
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Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:55 am

Vice President Joe Biden has a long history of public gaffes. So much so that the Onion has published a series based on a parody of Biden as an administration screw-up and boozy womanizer.

Last night, we got another Biden surprise when Georgina Bloomberg, a professional equestrian and the younger daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, posted a picture of Biden on her Facebook page.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

A Sept. 10, 2010 photo showing firefighters and rescue crews working amid damage caused by the pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 8:36 am

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.has been ordered to pay a $1.6 billion penalty — the largest ever levied against a public utility — for a 2010 explosion in a gas pipeline it operated that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in a San Francisco suburb.

The five-member California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to impose the penalty. President Michael Picker called for a larger review of problems at PG&E, a move that The Associated Press says "suggests the energy behemoth could be broken up."

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Uber Launches Cash-Only Rickshaw Service In Indian Capital

An auto-rickshaw in New Delhi. You can use an Uber app in the Indian capital to hail the three-wheeled vehicles.
Manish Swarup AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:19 pm

Ride-hailing service Uber has launched a new service in the Indian capital of New Delhi — for auto rickshaws, the popular three-wheeled vehicles.

The big difference between UberAuto and the ride-hailing service's other offerings worldwide: You pay the autos, as the vehicles are known in India, only in cash. Fares are set by the state.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

'I'm With Stupid' T-Shirt Trips Up Ecuador's President

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:48 pm

Politicians have basic rules about photo ops: Smile when you pose with kids, point at random things, and don't stand next to people taller than you. This week, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa learned one more: Don't get on the wrong side of an "I'm With Stupid" T-shirt.

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12:19 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Chinese TV Star Apologizes For Remarks Critical Of Mao

Bi Fujian, an anchor of China Central Television (CCTV), speaks during a news conference in Beijing, in 2013. Bi has publicly apologized for remarks he made at a private dinner that were critical of the late communist leader Mao Zedong.
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Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:05 pm

A Chinese television star made a public apology after controversial remarks he made that were critical of communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

Bi Fujian, a regular presenter on state-run CCTV and the host of its annual New Year's variety show — the most-watched television program in the world, according to the BBC — says he's sorry for his actions.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

China's Neighbors See Mischief In What's Happening At Disputed Reef

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:24 pm

There's something amiss on Mischief Reef: Before and after satellite imagery of the disputed coral atoll in the South China Sea taken a few years ago and last month show that the reef is growing. And the telltale presence of a Chinese flotilla is proof of who's been at work dredging up white sand and depositing it on the surface.

Meiji Reef, as the Chinese call it, is part of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago that has long been the source of a tug-of-war between China, Vietnam, the Philippines and at least three other claimants.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Officer In S.C. Shooting Previously Accused Of Using Excessive Force

In this April 4 frame from video provided by attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, city patrolman Michael Thomas Slager checks Scott's pulse in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Scott a number of times in the back.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:48 pm

Michael Slager, the former North Charleston, S.C., police officer who was charged this week with shooting an unarmed black man in the back, killing him, was exonerated in 2013 of accusations that he used excessive force against another unarmed man he thought was a suspect.

Slager was fired for last weekend's shooting of Walter Scott, 50.

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