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6:04 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Federal Court Upholds Stringent Abortion Restrictions In Texas

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:43 pm

The New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals ruled on Thursday that Texas could require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

That provision was part of a set of stringent abortion regulations passed in Texas in 2013. As NPR's Julie Rovner reported at the time, Texas was one of about a dozen states to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

U.N. General Assembly: 'No Validity' For Crimea Referendum

A screen shows the vote of delegates in the General Assembly on a draft resolution on Ukraine at U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:06 pm

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a strong rebuke of Moscow, calling the referendum leading to the annexation of Crimea illegal by a substantial margin of members voting, despite Russia's lobbying against the resolution.

The "Draft Resolution on Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" passed with 100 countries voting for it, 11 opposed, 58 abstentions. Two dozen countries did not vote either because their representatives were not present or their dues to the world body had lapsed.

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds 6 Million

The HealthCare.gov website has been a source of delays and confusion for those trying to sign up for health insurance under the ACA.
Jon Elswick AP

With the enrollment deadline looming, the Obama administration says 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges set up by the federal government.

"With 4 days left for consumers to sign up for coverage, we are working hard to ensure that our systems can handle the unprecedented demand as people enroll before the March 31 deadline," Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

9 Missile Commanders Fired, Others Disciplined In Air Force Scandal

A mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
Robert Burns AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:16 pm

The Air Force has announced the firing of nine midlevel nuclear missile commanders and the disciplining of dozens of junior officers involved in cheating on ICBM proficiency exams.

The measures come after an extensive investigation into a string of security lapses and failed safety inspections at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Texas Judge Orders State To Reveal Source Of Execution Drug

A Texas judge ruled the state must tell two death row inmates where it is buying its execution drugs from.

The AP reports that the inmates sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the information. The state has argued that it wants to keep the information secret, because its previous supplier backed out of the relationship when its name became public and it received threats.

The AP adds:

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Sanctions On Russia

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:03 pm

The House and Senate approved $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and sanctions on Moscow for Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Thursday's voice vote in the Senate and a 399-19 vote in the House for a different version of the bill came just hours after the International Monetary Fund pledged $18 billion in assistance for the former Soviet satellite.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mudslide Volunteers: 'We're Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not'

A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide near Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 4:52 pm

When emergency personnel got to the scene of Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash., they kept people away. Much of a mountain had torn off, roared across the Stillaguamish River, and destroyed about 50 homes and properties.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

James Schlesinger, Who Held Cabinet Posts And Led CIA For 17 Weeks, Dies

Former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December, 2006.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:42 pm

James R. Schlesinger, who served three presidents from both parties in top Cabinet-level posts, has died at the age of 85. The Washington Post says he died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore of complications from pneumonia.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

After Blocking Twitter, Turkey Moves To Stop YouTube

A man tries to get connected to YouTube with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul on Thursday.
Osman Orsal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:50 pm

Authorities in Turkey are reportedly going ahead with a ban on access to YouTube days after a similar move in the country to block Twitter.

The Turkish telecommunications authority TIB is quoted in Turkish state media as saying it has taken an "administrative measure" against YouTube.

The news follows earlier reports that a recording, allegedly of a meeting among top Turkish officials discussing military intervention in Syria, was posted on YouTube.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday lashed out against the post:

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Review Done For Gov. Christie's Office Absolves Him In Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:42 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's "account of these events rings true" and he has "conducted himself at every turn as someone who has nothing to hide," according to an investigation — done at the request of the governor's office — of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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