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5:04 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

U.S. Veteran Freed From N. Korea Says 'Confession' Was Coerced

Merrill Newman (left) walks beside his wife Lee and son Jeffrey after arriving at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
Ben Margot AP

The 85-year-old U.S. veteran who was detained by North Korea for weeks, before being released, says the "confession" that he read and was aired on state television was coerced.

The AP and Reuters obtained a written statement from Merrill Newman in which he says North Korean authorities may have misrepresented his interest in the Korean War.

Reuters reports:

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The Two-Way
4:54 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

18 LA Sheriff's Deputies Indicted In Sweeping Jail Probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 6:02 pm

Federal prosecutors announced Monday the indictment of 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on an array of charges stemming from a sweeping investigation into inmate abuse and corruption.

"These incidents did not take place in a vacuum — in fact, they demonstrated behavior that had become institutionalized," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. "The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justice case shows how some members of the Sheriff's Department considered themselves to be above the law."

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The Two-Way
3:47 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Newtown Calls For 'Acts Of Kindness' On Shooting Anniversary

Erica Lafferty (right), daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Dawn Hochsprung, consoles Carlee Soto, sister of victim Victoria Soto, after representatives of 14 families addressed the media on Monday in Newtown, Conn.
Jessica Hill AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:20 pm

Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have asked people to mark Saturday's anniversary of the mass shooting with "acts of kindness" and say they will light candles in memory of the victims.

At a news conference on Monday, the families also announced the launch of a website, http://mysandyhookfamily.org, to create a "singular place of sharing, communication, and contact with the families of those who lost their lives that day."

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

U.S. Will Help Transport Troops In Central African Republic

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:17 pm

A few days after France said it was increasing its presence in the Central African Republic, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the U.S. military to help transport troops from Burundi to the CAR.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
2:41 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Freshwater Lake On Mars

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 4:41 pm

NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence of an ancient (nearly) freshwater lake on Mars that could have sustained life billions of years ago.

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The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Ex-San Diego Mayor Filner Sentenced To Home Confinement

Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego speaks at a news conference in July.
Bill Wechter Getty Images

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced to three months home detention and three years probation for sexually harassing three women.

As we reported, Filner pleaded guilty to three criminal charges — including false imprisonment and battery — back in October. The charges were related to allegations that Filner grabbed and fondled three women while he was in office.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Singapore's Leader Urges Calm After Rare Riot

Riot police cordon off areas at Singapore's Race Course Road on Sunday to maintain order following a riot Sunday in the Little India neighborhood. Eighteen people were injured.
Then Chih Wey Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:47 pm

Singapore isn't usually known as a place simmering with tensions, but the city-state's first riot in more than 40 years has prompted the prime minister to urge calm.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Russia's Putin Scraps Major State-Run News Agency

Cars pass by the RIA Novosti information agency headquarters in Moscow on Monday. President Vladimir Putin named Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor known for his ultraconservative views, to head a newly restructured state news agency.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:35 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin dissolved one of the country's official news agencies and an international radio broadcaster on Monday, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultraconservative views.

RIA Novosti, the news agency, and Voice of Russia, the broadcaster, will be absorbed by a new entity, Russia Today.

Jessica Golloher is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Baseball's Torre, La Russa, Cox Add Another Title: Hall Of Famer

Hall Of Fame Managers: The Atlanta Braves' Bobby Cox (from left), the St. Louis Cardinals' Tony La Russa, and the New York Yankees' Joe Torre.
AP

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 2:27 pm

Their paths repeatedly crossed on the way to the World Series. And now retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are headed to the same place: the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's Expansion Era committee announced its selection Monday.

Together, the trio won eight World Series titles and led teams that were perennial threats to play in October. They account for a combined 7,558 victories.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

University Of Oregon Investigating 'Out Of Control' Snowball Fight

A retired professor is pelted with snow.
The Daily Emerald via YouTube

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 1:15 pm

You know what they say: It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

That was certainly the case Friday on the campus of the University of Oregon, where football players planned a big snowball fight to celebrate the season's first, big snowfall.

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