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4:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement

During a drill, SWAT team members prepare to secure a ship in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:09 pm

U.S. law enforcement at all levels has undergone a dangerous militarization in recent years, with heavily armed SWAT teams being deployed to serve warrants and for drug searches, but rarely for the hostage situations they were designed for, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Draft Of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells For $2 Million

A photo provided by Sotheby's shows a page from a working draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." The draft sold for more than $2 million.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:42 pm

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.

Lyrics scribbled on hotel stationery circa 1965 that later became one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," has fetched more than $2 million in an auction at Sotheby's.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Federal Judge Rules No-Fly List Process Is Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 5:21 pm

A federal judge in Oregon says the process surrounding the federal government's "no-fly list" is unconstitutional.

Specifically, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said the process doesn't give Americans on the list an effective way to challenge their inclusion.

The Oregonian reports:

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash

Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013. The NTSB concluded Tuesday that an over-reliance on automated systems contributed to the crash.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:32 pm

Pilot misjudgment and an over-reliance on automated systems were the main causes of last year's crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco that killed three people, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

The Boeing 777 with 307 people aboard came in too low and too slow in its landing approach, the NTSB said. It hit a seawall, ripping off the tail and sending the plane's fuselage skidding down the tarmac.

The board said there was confusion over whether the plane was maintaining adequate speed for landing.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

FBI Says It Freed 168 U.S. Children In Sex-Trafficking Raids

The authorities rounded up 281 pimps and freed 168 juveniles last week, targeting child sex-trafficking operations in more than 100 U.S. cities. Police arrested 21 pimps in Phoenix, the most of any FBI division. Other hotspots in the coordinated raids were centered in Denver, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

On Capitol Hill, A Debate Over What's Driving Central American Exodus

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:46 pm

Today, on Capitol Hill, there was a sober debate about the humanitarian crisis developing along the Southern border.

Sure, there were some partisan barbs, but for the most part the hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security, focused on how the United States understands the exodus of children from Central America.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

Fans gather in Chicago's Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal Sunday — a game that set a new ratings record for soccer on ESPN.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:42 pm

Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.

The game's total U.S. viewership of 24.7 million includes ratings from both ESPN (18.2 million viewers) and the Spanish-language Univision (6.5 million); it doesn't include the 1.37 million people ESPN says streamed the game online.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Tue June 24, 2014

In Mafia Arrests, Clues To Slaying Of An NYPD Officer A Century Ago

A portrait of Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino.
Rod Lamkey Jr The Washington Times /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:56 pm

Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino is the only New York police officer to be killed in the line of duty outside the United States. It happened in March 1909 when Petrosino, one of the most celebrated officers in the department's history, was sent to Italy to investigate the Mafia.

The New York Times reports:

"He stayed in hotels under an assumed name, and grew a beard to alter his appearance. But his reputation and purpose had preceded him.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, seen here at a news conference last week, will reportedly file papers to become a free agent, opting to end his contract with Miami.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:34 am

NBA star LeBron James is shaking things up at the Miami Heat, reportedly opting to end his contract early to become a free agent. The move comes one week after James and the Heat were trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

"LeBron James' agent Rich Paul has told Heat LeBron will exercise early termination option," ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted today.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Putin Asks Parliament To Revoke Power To Use Force In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Dieter Nagl AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:14 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his parliament to revoke his authorization to use force in Ukraine.

In a statement, the Kremlin said the move was intended "to help normalize the situation and achieve reconciliation in the east of Ukraine and in connection with the tri-partite negotiations on the issue that have begun recently."

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