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10:13 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife, Philanthropist, Conservative Donor, Dies

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and conservative activist from Pittsburgh, died Friday. He was 82.
Keith Srakocic AP

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and conservative donor from Pittsburgh who was heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, has died. He was 82.

His death was reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the newspaper he owned.

NPR's Hansi Lo Wang is reporting on the story, and says:

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Clashes Erupt In Jerusalem Over Palestinian Teen's Funeral

A Palestinian throws a stone during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in East Jerusalem on Friday. The clashes came ahead of the funeral of a slain Palestinian teenager.
Baz Ratner Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:34 pm

Update at 3:36 p.m ET

Israeli police clashed Friday with Palestinians in East Jerusalem, as Palestinians buried an Arab teenager they say was killed by Israeli extremists.

Protesters threw rocks at police who responded with stun grenades, The Associated Press reports. About 30 Palestinians and 13 Israeli officers were injured in the clashes.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Weakened Arthur Heads Up U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Arthur brought strong winds and heavy surf to Highway 64 in Nags Head, N.C., on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Updated at 9:34 a.m.

Hurricane Arthur weakened to a Category 1 storm on Independence Day after hitting the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur packed maximum sustained winds of nearly 90 mph as it moved offshore. The center predicted the storm would weaken in the next 48 hours.

"Arthur is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone tonight or Saturday," the center said.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Ex-Editor Gets 18 Months In U.K. Phone Hacking Case

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives for the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London on Friday. He was jailed for 18 months for being complicit in phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited.
Neil Hall Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:12 am

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails, was jailed Friday for 18 months.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is reporting on the case for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

"During sentencing, the judge said phone hacking by journalists at Rupert Murdoch's News International picked up 'intensely personal' messages that caused people 'serious distress.'

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The Two-Way
7:24 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High Court Temporarily Suspends Contraception Mandate For Christian College

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:17 am

In a late-breaking order Thursday, the Supreme Court granted a Christian college a temporary exemption from the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

If this sounds familiar, it's because it is. In January, the court issued a one-page order providing the same sort of relief to The Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns.

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The Two-Way
6:34 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:43 am

You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Jobs Numbers Buoy Dow Above 17,000 For The First Time

The Dow Jones closed above 17,000 for the first time in its history on Thursday. The index was buoyed by better-than-expected news from the jobs market.

As we reported, the Labor Department announced that U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent.

It was the fifth consecutive month that employers had added more than 200,000 jobs.

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Colombia Gives Federal Workers Afternoon Off To Watch Soccer Match

A Colombia soccer fan holds up his dog and celebrates a goal against Uruguay as he watches the World Cup round of 16 match on TV with others in Bogota, Colombia on Saturday.
Javier Galeano AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:50 pm

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is giving government workers the afternoon off on Friday, so they can watch their national team in the quarter finals of the World Cup.

The BBC reports:

"The progress of Colombia to the quarter-finals has sent the country into a state of national euphoria.

"But after a spike in domestic violence after Colombia's first win, the sale of alcohol will be banned on match day.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye greet children waving the two countries' national flags at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday. Xi has yet to visit North Korea.
Kim Hong-ji Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:12 pm

In a sign that China and South Korea are moving closer together, possibly at North Korea's expense, Beijing and Seoul have said they are close to a free-trade deal and issued a joint statement that they firmly oppose nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement on Thursday comes amid North Korean missile tests and a visit to South Korea by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that carries with it an implied snub to Pyongyang: It's his first visit to the Korean Peninsula and the first that a Chinese head of state has stopped in the South before visiting the North.

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