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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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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Tue June 24, 2014

In Iraq, More Than 1,000 Were Killed In June

Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria after they buried 15 bodies in the village of Taza Khormato in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq on Monday.
Emad Matti AP

The United Nations has some grim news on Iraq this morning: It says at least 1,075 people were killed in June as Sunni militants overtook some significant cities in the country.

Most of the deaths, the U.N. reports, were civilians. The AP adds:

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Found Guilty

Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London on Tuesday, after being acquitted. Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:21 am

Former News International leader Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all misconduct in a headline-grabbing trial revolving around tycoon Rupert Murdoch's British media empire. Andy Coulson, the former editor of News of the World, was found guilty of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

James Patterson writes suspense and thriller novels as well as children's books. He runs the children's literacy campaign ReadKiddoRead.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy Little, Brown and Co.

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

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kerry Visits Kurds To Urge A United Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry (second from left) arrives at Irbil International Airport with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Robert Stephen Beecroft (fourth from left) on Tuesday. The president of Iraq's ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that "we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq."
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:15 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry talked to Kurdish leaders in Irbil today, urging them to keep the autonomous region as part of Iraq. Kerry's visit came as the Sunni extremist group ISIS says it has cemented control of Iraq's largest oil refinery, and as sectarian divisions are threatening to pull Iraq apart.

Kerry is now on his way to Brussels, after assuring Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq that there would be "sustained and intense" support to Iraq to help it counter rapid advances by Sunni militants in recent weeks.

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The Two-Way
9:31 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

AP: Parts Of Irish 'Mass Graves' Story Exaggerated By Media

The Associated Press today offers "a more sober picture" than it and other news organizations (including NPR) did earlier this month regarding reports of nearly 800 bodies of infants and young children at a former Catholic home for unwed mothers in Ireland.

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The Two-Way
6:16 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Pro-Russian Separatists To Join Ukrainian Cease-Fire

Alexander Borodai, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," attends a news conference in Donetsk on June 21. Borodai announced Monday that his forces would honor a temporary Ukrainian cease-fire.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:29 pm

In a potential de-escalation in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, the insurgents now say they will join Kiev in observing a temporary cease-fire.

The BBC reports that the rebel announcement was made in Donetsk by Alexander Borodai, a leader of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic."

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