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5:08 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

President Obama and other leaders met in The Hague. Clockwise from bottom left: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:02 am

Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.

President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of Russia's actions in Crimea, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."

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The Two-Way
5:03 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Indiana Becomes First State To Back Out Of Common Core

Mike Pence, in 2011, when he was a congressman.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:06 pm

With the stroke of Gov. Mike Pence's pen, Indiana became the first state to back off implementing a set of national standards for grade-school education.

The standards, known as Common Core, had been adopted by 45 states, but have lately unleashed a political fight that blurs party lines.

The Indianapolis Star reports Pence signed a law on Monday that requires Indiana to come up with its own academic standards. The Star adds:

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

5 Ex-Madoff Aides Found Guilty Of Conspiracy, Securities Fraud

Daniel Bonventre was convicted of ginning up phone books and records.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:08 pm

Five former employees of Bernard Madoff's securities firm were found guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud for helping the now imprisoned financier carry out an elaborate scam.

The Associated Press reports:

"The defendants are all former employees of Madoff's securities firm. They were accused of enriching themselves while telling an elaborate web of lies for decades. The fraud cheated investors of billions of dollars and duped government regulators.

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The Two-Way
3:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Unidentified Remains To Be In Repository At Sept. 11 Museum

An artist's image of the wall that will separate the public from the repository where unidentified remains will be kept at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan.
911memorial.org

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:48 pm

Hoping it will be "a dignified and reverential setting," the soon-to-be-opened National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City says approximately 8,000 unidentified remains of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks in Manhattan are returning "to the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site."

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel on Saturday.
PO3 Manda Emery ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:16 pm

As the Coast Guard prepares to open the Houston Ship Channel after an oil spill over the weekend, environmentalists were trying assess the damage to a sensitive ecological system.

The Associated Press reports the Coast Guard is hoping to reopen "one of the nation's busiest seaports Monday."

The AP adds:

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

U.S. Sending More Troops To Hunt For Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony

The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, in 2006.
Stuart Price AP

The U.S. is sending 150 Air Force special operations personnel to central Africa this week — more than doubling the number of American troops on the ground who are assisting in the search for infamous Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, The Washington Post reports.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

March Madness: After The Upsets, Which Team Do You Like Now?

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a shot during his team's victory Sunday over Wichita State. The Wildcats' win sent the previously undefeated Shockers home.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:08 pm

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Duke went down the first day, losing to nearly unknown Mercer.

Syracuse was bounced out on Saturday by Dayton — a team that hadn't gone very far in 30 years.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences More Than 500 Morsi Supporters To Die

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are seen during their trial in the killing of a police officer last year.
Mohammed Bendari APA Images/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:30 pm

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi after a mass trial on charges related to an attack that killed a policeman.

The verdicts and sentencing came of the 529 people came after just two sessions of the court, sparking criticism from human rights activists.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Japan To Turn Over Nuclear Stockpile To U.S. For Safe Keeping

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday en route to a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:43 am

Japan has agreed to hand over to the U.S. a decades-old stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium that is said to be large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons.

The 700-pound cache, which had been maintained by Japan for research purposes, would be turned over to the U.S. for safe keeping, according to an agreement announced Monday at the G7 nuclear security summit in The Hague, Netherlands. It's part of an Obama administration push to prevent the nuclear material from being stolen by potential terrorists.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Train Derails At O'Hare, Injuring Dozens And Delaying Chicago Travelers

A derailed Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station early Monday, in Chicago.
Andrew Nelles AP

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:46 pm

This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

More than 30 people were reportedly injured after a train on the Blue Line in Chicago derailed at O'Hare International Airport early Monday morning, jumping its track and careening into a platform.

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