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8:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Russia Puts Its Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

Pro-Russian militants take the military oath of allegiance to the so-called People's Republik of Donetsk during the ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Saturday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 1:41 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed his armed forces on "full combat alert," the state-run news agency ITAR-Tass reports.

According to the news agency, that means the country will assess the "... troops' time standards and ability to fulfill combat readiness posture tasks. Later on, the troops will be taken to training ranges for exercises."

All of the troops are expected to be back at their bases by July 1.

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The Two-Way
6:55 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

CDC Says More Workers Potentially Exposed To Live Anthrax

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 pm

U.S. authorities increased to 86 people the number of CDC workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta, with at least 52 of them taking antibiotics as a precaution.

The number who may have been infected is an increase from the 75 workers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged on Thursday.

The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

The BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica was looking for ripples from the Big Bang.
Robert Schwarz, University of Minnesota

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:25 pm

In March, a team of physicists announced it had found a signal from the very first moments after the Big Bang. But in a paper published Thursday, the researchers expressed considerably more caution and conceded that they could have actually been detecting little more than interstellar dust.

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

GOP Lawmakers Confront IRS Chief Over Lost Emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies Friday on Capitol Hill. Koskinen was asked to explain the disappearance of emails that could relate to a probe into the targeting of Tea Party groups.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:33 pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen got a frosty reception on Capitol Hill today, with Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee accusing him of lying about thousands of lost emails sought in connection with the targeting of conservative groups.

About how the emails came to disappear, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan told the Internal Revenue Service commissioner: "I don't believe it.

"That's your problem. No one believes you," Ryan said.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

'Central Park 5' Win $40 Million From NYC For False Convictions

Raymond Santana (right), Kevin Richardson and Yusef Salaamat attend a rally in Foley Square, New York City, in January 2013. The three men were among the "Central Park Five," who were convicted of beating and raping a white woman but have since been exonerated.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:48 pm

New York City has reportedly agreed to pay $40 million to settle with five men who were falsely convicted of the 1989 rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park, a case that drew national attention.

The five black and Hispanic defendants, who became known as "The Central Park Five," were found guilty in 1990 as teenagers for the attack on a white woman. They served from six to 12 years before their convictions were overturned in 2002 when evidence came to light that another, lone perpetrator was responsible.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

There's No Run Like A Prison Run

Runners chat at a recent track event at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The prison's program allows inmates (in blue shirts) to run alongside regular citizens (in orange).
Sam Gehrke OPB

Themed outdoor running events have grown in popularity, with participants flocking to races that promise unusual settings and obstacles (including zombies). But for decades now, an Oregon track has hosted a rare event: races run by inmates of a maximum-security prison alongside regular citizens.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

U.S. To Open Immigrant Family Detention Centers In Response To Influx

Young migrants seen apprehended by the Border Patrol near the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, TX, earlier this year. The next stop for many is either a detention center or deportation.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:40 pm

Citing a rise in the number of children and families attempting to immigrate into the Southwestern U.S. illegally, the Obama administration says it will use new detention facilities to house the families.

The administration says it will boost enforcement efforts and speed up removal proceedings. And it will try to dispel a notion among some migrants that current U.S. policies allow them to enter the country illegally.

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The Two-Way
1:58 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ukraine Orders Unilateral Cease-Fire With Separatists

Pro-Russian troops prepare to travel in a tank on a road near the town of Yanakiyevo, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on Friday. Ukraine's president has called a unilateral weeklong cease-fire.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:41 pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a unilateral weeklong cease-fire against pro-Russia separatists in the country's east, in hopes the move will lead to a broader de-escalation of a conflict that has threatened to bisect the former Soviet satellite.

Poroshenko's move is a first step aimed at ending the conflict. He said Ukrainian troops would fire only if fired upon during the seven-day hiatus.

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Stephanie Kwolek prepares a polymerization experiment at DuPont's Pioneering Research Lab in 1967. Kwolek, who died Wednesday, made the breakthrough discovery that led to the invention of Kevlar.
DuPont

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:34 pm

Stephanie Kwolek, a DuPont chemist who invented the synthetic fibers used in Kevlar body armor, has died at the age of 90, her colleagues said Friday.

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

U.N.: Number Of Displaced People Hits Mark Not Seen Since World War II

Afghan children gather at a special medical camp set up by UNHCR to mark World Refugee Day in Islamabad on Friday. The U.N. agency says there were 51.2 million displaced people at the end of 2013, 6 million more than the previous year.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 12:41 pm

At least 51.2 million people are now living under forced displacement, a U.N. agency says, announcing its tally of people who are seeking refuge or asylum, or who are internally displaced. It's the first time the number has topped 50 million since World War II.

The figures mean that worldwide, the number of displaced people is roughly equivalent to the entire population of nations such as Spain and South Korea. If all of them were put into one country, it would be the 26th largest in the world, the U.N. says.

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