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9:14 am
Wed April 30, 2014

British Actor Bob Hoskins Dies At 71

Actor Bob Hoskins died Tuesday at age 71.
Joel Ryan AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:19 am

Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in memorable films such as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mona Lisa and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 71.

The Guardian cited his agent as saying Hoskins died Tuesday from pneumonia. He had retired from films in 2012, a year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Harsh Winter Puts The Brakes On U.S. Economic Growth

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:59 pm

Growth in the U.S. economy slowed dramatically — to just 0.1 percent — in the January-March quarter amid a particularly harsh winter, according to a report Wednesday from the Commerce Department.

The latest GDP figure was down from 2.6 percent growth in the fourth quarter of last year and represents the weakest growth since the end of 2012.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Australia Rebuffs Possibility Of Flight 370 Wreckage In Bay Of Bengal

International air crews involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane gathered Tuesday on the tarmac at the Royal Australian Air Force Pierce Base in Bullsbrook, near Perth.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:48 am

Australian officials are dismissing reports by a marine exploration company that wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet might have been located in the Bay of Bengal, thousands of miles north of the search area where the plane is presumed to have gone down.

GeoResonance, a private firm based in Australia, said earlier this week that in its own search for Flight 370, which disappeared from radar March 8, it had had found what appeared to be plane wreckage near Bangladesh.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Book News: 'Gravity' Author Sues Warner Bros. Over Movie

Author Tess Gerritsen says Warner Bros. owes her 2.5 percent of the profits from the movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Warner Bros.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Wed April 30, 2014

After Tornadoes, States Now Brace For Flooding

A severe thunderstorm wall cloud is seen over the area of Canton, Miss., on Tuesday. At least 35 people in six states have been killed by tornadoes unleashed by a ferocious storm system this week.
Gene Blevins Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:18 pm

The weather system that spawned tornadoes that killed at least 35 people this week throughout the South and Midwest is dumping heavy rain, triggering fears of major flooding.

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The Two-Way
8:01 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Lab Rats May Be Stressed By Men, Which May Skew Experiments

A worker holds a white rodent at the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy in Chengdu, China. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that mice left alone with a man had increased levels of the hormone corticosterone.
China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 6:40 pm

During the course of an experiment, students at McGill University in Montreal noticed something odd: Rodents didn't seem to be showing signs of pain if they were handled by male students.

The observation led to an experiment, which led to a finding that when mice are left alone with a man, they had an increase in the hormone corticosterone, which acts like a pain reliever.

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UPDATED: After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:12 pm

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reactions To NBA's Ban Of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Former and current NBA players (from left) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Roger Mason, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Lakers' Steve Nash and former Laker and Clipper Norm Nixon, welcome the NBA's ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:24 pm

Current and former NBA players praised the league's decision to punish LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban over racist remarks he made in an audio recording. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment Tuesday, days after the audio emerged.

In addition to the lifetime ban, the NBA also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy

The sun shines through the clouds behind an electrical power line in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

As they say: Everything is bigger in Texas.

Today, the state's biggest power company filed for one of the biggest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in corporate history.

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