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12:21 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Mudslides And Landslides: Widely Cited Data Is Decades Old

Volunteers unload donated supplies during heavy rains in Darrington, Wash., Friday. One week after a massive mudslide hit nearby Oso, crews are working to find and identify victims. Data about landslides' annual effects are decades old, geologists say.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 7:23 am

The official death toll in the mudslide that turned a community into a disaster area in Oso, Wash., remains at 17, as officials work to locate and identify victims.

Update at 11:01 p.m. EDT: New Numbers

The number of deaths climbed by one Saturday to 18, while the number missing and unaccounted for decreased dramatically from 90 to 30, officials from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management told reporters.

That number had been expected to fall, as partial reports and duplicates were sorted out.

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The Two-Way
10:53 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Russia Says It Doesn't Plan To Invade Ukraine

Senior high school students wearing Soviet-era navy uniform march during a daily ceremony of changing the guard of honor at the WW II Memorial to the Heroes of the defense of Sevastopol 1941-1942 in Sevastopol, Crimea, Saturday. Russia says it doesn't plant to invade mainland Ukraine.
Olga Maltseva AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 12:32 pm

The Russian troops who are holding Crimea won't be sent into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. "We have absolutely no intention of — or interest in — crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov told a Russian TV station Saturday, according to a translation by Reuters.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

NCAA's Elite 8 Is Set; A Listing Of Weekend Games

Michigan's Caris LeVert (left) gets a shot past Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes (No. 5) and Jordan McRae (No. 52) in Friday night's NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. Michigan advanced despite being outscored in the second half.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:18 pm

Kentucky came back to beat defending champ Louisville, and Michigan State upset Virginia Friday night, as the NCAA men's basketball championship finalized its Elite Eight lineup.

Those teams were joined by Michigan, which held off a second-half comeback by Tennessee, and Connecticut, which took out Iowa State. Four other schools had already advanced after Thursday's games.

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The Two-Way
9:14 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Taliban Attack On Election HQ Makes Good On Campaign Promise

Afghan special forces rush to the scene as Taliban militants attack the main Afghan election commission's headquarters on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:10 am

As officials from Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission were about to announce the closing of several polling stations due to insecurity on Saturday, the Taliban reinforced the message by launching an attack on the IEC headquarters in Kabul.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Earthquake Hits Area Near Los Angeles; Some Damage Reported

A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake hit Friday near La Mirada, Calif. The magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:57 am

An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit at a shallow depth about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

While the quake didn't inflict severe damage in the area around its epicenter, it caused many problems, from water main breaks to a rockslide. Thousands of people felt its effects; there haven't been reports of serious injuries.

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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Breaking Tradition, Pope Confesses His Sins In Public

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's basilica on Friday at the Vatican.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis broke tradition, again, today by confessing his sins in public.

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The Two-Way
7:16 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Defense Says FBI Wanted Marathon Bombing Suspect As Informant

Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2009.
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Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 7:34 pm

Defense attorneys for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say sometime before the bombing his older brother, Tamerlan, was approached by the FBI and was asked to be an informant.

In a letter from February made public in a motion filed in federal court today, the attorneys say the FBI made "more than one visit" to talk to Tamerlan and two of his associates.

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The Two-Way
6:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

GM Recalls More Cars Over Possible Faulty Ignition Switches

A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 7:35 am

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 small cars in the U.S., adding to the 1.37 million it recalled domestically last month, citing possible faulty ignition switches.

Worldwide, the latest announcement affects a total of 971,000 vehicles, on top of the 1.6 million recalled globally in February.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Obama And Putin Talk About Diplomatic Solution To Ukraine Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:14 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to "discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine," the White House said on Friday.

Obama, the White House said, suggested Russia "put a concrete response in writing" to a proposal delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting at the Hague this week.

The presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov should meet "to discuss next steps."

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The Two-Way
5:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

In U.S., Mudslides Common, But Usually Few Deaths

Workers use heavy equipment to clear trees and other debris, near Darrington, Wash., on Thursday.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 3:31 am

Washington state, with its many steep slopes, streams and rivers and some of the heaviest annual rainfall in the country, is a mudslide waiting to happen. Add in soil erosion from logging, as was reportedly the case near the community of Oso before last week's tragedy, and the probability of such an event increases.

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