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8:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea

As Russian soldiers walked one way in the distance, a departing Ukrainian soldier carried some of his belongings Friday at a military base in Perevalne, Crimea.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 10:57 am

There will be few days that better symbolize the crisis in Ukraine.

On Friday:

As Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was signing an agreement on closer relations with the European Union ...

... Russian President Vladimir Putin was signing the laws his country has put in place to take Crimea from Ukraine and make it part of the Russian Federation.

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Book News: Khushwant Singh, Who Wrote Of India's Bloody Partition, Dies

Khushwant Singh, pictured in 2010, sits in his house in New Delhi, India.
Manish Swarup AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Nothing So Far In Search For Debris From Malaysian Jet

Searching from the air and on the sea: The view Friday from a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion. The Norwegian car transport ship Hoegh St. Petersburg is below. They're part of the search in the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Justin Benson-Cooper/pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:05 pm

We have woven some updates into this post.

Two weeks after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the first "credible lead" in the search for the Boeing 777 and the 239 people on board is still just that — a lead, not a discovery.

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The Two-Way
1:20 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Taliban Militants Attack Kabul Hotel, Killing 9

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:59 am

Four gunmen attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, killing nine people before being killed themselves. Two security guards were also wounded.

The assailants were killed after a standoff in the Serena hotel's restaurant.

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The Two-Way
7:24 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

'We'll Eradicate Twitter,' Turkey's Prime Minister Vows

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Adam Berry Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:57 am

Reeling from the anonymous release of audio that seems to implicate him in a corruption scandal, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would ban Twitter, no matter what the international community says.

"We now have a court order. We'll eradicate Twitter," Erdogan told supporters according to Hurriyet Daily News. The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
6:32 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gallup: Americans Put The Environment Over Economic Growth Again

Gallup

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 7:27 pm

In 2009, when the Great Recession took hold of the United States, Americans reversed a long-running trend in polling: For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in the 1980s, more Americans said they favored economic growth over protecting the environment.

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The Two-Way
5:48 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102

Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh speaks to reporters in 1989.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor who investigated charges of wrongdoing and criminality by top Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died.

He was 102.

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity

Lawrence Walsh in 1988.
Bob Daugherty AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:36 am

In 2003 the American Bar Association published Lawrence Walsh's autobiography, The Gift of Insecurity; A Lawyer's Life. Walsh died Wednesday at age 102. The following is the foreword NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg wrote for the book.

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Thrill-Seeking Teen Sneaks To Top Of 1 World Trade Center

A screen grab from an NBC New York video showing Casquejo leaving court on Thursday.
NBC New York

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 8:48 pm

A 16-year-old boy sneaked past security guards in the middle of the night and made his way to the top of Manhattan's 1 World Trade Center, where he

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