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1:50 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Cuba Acknowledges N. Korean Ship Carried Its 'Obsolete' Weapons

View of North Korean vessel at the Manzanillo Port in Colon on Tuesday.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 9:53 pm

(Updated 9:40 p.m. ET)

A statement from Cuba's foreign ministry says weapons that Panama seized in a North Korean ship were mid-20th Century models that Cuba was sending to North Korea for repair, according to reports from the BBC and Reuters.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Cooling Tensions, Senate Confirms Cordray

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walks with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois (right) after a joint caucus meeting on Monday.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:11 pm

In the shadow of a dramatic showdown over the filibuster of White House nominations, the Senate voted to advance the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The 71-29 cloture vote means the nomination overcame the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster and bring the nomination up for an up-or-down vote before the Senate.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Surprise! They're Twins! ... Pandas That Is

Lun Lun's twins were born at Zoo Atlanta on Monday night.
Adam K. Thompson Zoo Atlanta

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 12:01 pm

It's not exactly the birth the whole world is waiting for. But something pretty spectacular — and surprising — happened at Zoo Atlanta last night: Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins.

As the zoo reports, "the cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987."

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Tue July 16, 2013

After Controversy, David Petraeus Will Now Earn $1 Teaching

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director, David Petraeus, in Sept. 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus has decided to take a huge pay cut. The former commander of the allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan will now make $1 to teach a course at City University of New York's honors college.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Snowden Asks For Temporary Asylum In Russia, Says Lawyer

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 11:20 am

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked a cache of classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs, officially filed for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, a human rights lawyer and WikiLeaks say.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: L.A. Mayor Calls For Calm After Violent Protests

Los Angeles Police Department officers in riot gear detain a man after disturbances in the streets around Leimert Park.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 12:05 pm

Late into the night on Monday, after a round of violent protests ripped through Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for calm.

The Los Angeles Times reports that by the time the sun came up, at least 13 people had been arrested after police say they began breaking windows and stopping traffic.

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The Two-Way
7:19 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Book News: Zimmerman Juror Drops Book Plans

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:40 am

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

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

In Egypt, More Clashes Leave 7 Dead, Hundreds Injured

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi block the Six October bridge on Tuesday in the center of Cairo.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 10:00 am

After what had been a week of calm, violence returned to the streets of Cairo late Monday into early Tuesday.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that Egypt's health ministry said seven people were killed and more than 200 were injured as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with police. From Cairo, Leila filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
2:56 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ex-Nixon Adviser Leonard Garment Dies At 89

Leonard Garment, acting White House Counsel, briefs the media at the White House on President Nixon's statement about the Watergate affair in 1973.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 1:54 pm

Former White House adviser Leonard Garment, who had been ill, died Saturday at his Manhattan home, his wife, Suzanne Garment, told The Associated Press yesterday. He was 89.

Garment and Richard Nixon met while working together at a law firm in 1963. He later went to work in the Nixon White House and became White House counsel.

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The Two-Way
7:27 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

PHOTO: Shark Cruises Florida Beach

Cue the Jaws theme: A hammerhead shark in the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters of Seagrove Beach, Fla., on Monday.
Russell Lewis NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:36 pm

While on vacation Monday at Florida's Seagrove Beach, east of Pensacola, NPR's Russell Lewis snapped a photo that's been picking up quite a few retweets. It wasn't "Sharknado II," but does seem to have caught folks' interest.

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