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1:53 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

In A Stunning Finish, Portugal Ties U.S.

Clint Dempsey of the United States is challenged by Portugal's Bruno Alves (left) and Ricardo Costa during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G match Sunday in Brazil.
Warren Little Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:03 am

It was heartbreaking. It was stunning. It was the reason they call Group G the "Group of Death."

With 30 seconds left and despite astronomical odds, the United States men's national soccer team was about to qualify for the second round of the World Cup.

But just like that, Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo crossed to Silvestre Varela, who headed it into the net, tying it, 2-2, marking the final play of the game.

This means everyone in the group of death has a mathematical chance at advancing.

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

The Rockies' Very Bad Day: When A Wild Pitch Clears The Bases

Starting pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Michael McKenry of the Colorado Rockies collect themselves after they allowed three runs to score on a wild pitch.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

We usually point out great plays on this blog.

But during last night's Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers game, the play turned so messy, it is remarkable.

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Quebec Police Capture 3 Inmates Who Escaped Using Helicopter

Denis Lefebvre, 53, is one of the three inmates who escaped using a helicopter.
Sûreté du Québec

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 12:29 pm

After a little more than two weeks on the lam, the three prisoners who escaped from a Quebec prison are back in custody, the Sûreté du Québec said in a tweet.

CTV News reports the three men, charged with murder and drug trafficking, were captured at a luxury condo in Montreal. The network reports:

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Video: Caught In Crossfire As ISIS Claims More Iraqi Cities

An Iraqi federal policeman standing on top an armored vehicle secures a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:36 am

The latest news from Iraq is almost a repeat of what's been happening for the past couple of weeks: The militant Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, continues its march, while the Iraqi military and Shiite militias put up a fight.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Sun June 22, 2014

In Cairo, Kerry Says U.S. Is Not Responsible For Iraq's Current Crisis

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk before a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Sunday in Cairo.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:36 am

(This post was last updated at 12:52 p.m. ET. to include Kerry's comments.)

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Sunday and met with the country's newest president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

NPR's Jackie Northam, who is traveling with Kerry, reports officials said Kerry would address the government's heavy-handed tactics against political opponents, mass trials and death sentences, as well as broader security questions.

A lot of the focus of the trip, however, was on Iraq.

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Sun June 22, 2014

U.S. Vs. Portugal: 'Now Is The Moment' To Show American Mettle

United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard works out during a training session. "We're going to do our best to bottle him up," Howard said of Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 10:17 am

The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.

Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?

The U.S. soccer team has a tough matchup against Portugal. Win, and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday's game against Germany.

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

In Mob Stronghold, Pope Says Mobsters Are Excommunicated

Pope Francis delivers his homily as he celebrates mass in Sibari, in the southern Italian region of Calabria on Saturday.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 12:31 pm

Pope Francis traveled to the heart of a mafia stronghold in Italy on Saturday and told mobsters that they are not part of the church.

"Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God," he warned them during an open-air mass. "They are excommunicated."

As USA Today reports, Francis made the trip after ignoring worries about his health and safety. The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
2:50 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

In Iraq, ISIS Advances, Shiite Cleric Issues Warning

An Iraqi Shiite militiaman, a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, jumps to break a placard with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a parade, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq, on Saturday.
Hussein Malla AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 12:34 pm

Just how complicated a place is Iraq for the United States? Take a look at these two developments from today:

-- Fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a militant Sunni group, continued its march, seizing two cities.

-- Meanwhile, a Shiite cleric in Baghdad issued a warning to the United States. Nassir al-Saedi said if the "occupier" came back, "we will be ready for you."

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Egyptian Judge Confirms Death Sentence Of More Than 180

Relatives of a Muslim Brotherhood member who was sentenced to death react to the verdict outside a courtroom in Minya, Egypt, on Saturday.
Ravy Shaker AP

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 12:26 pm

An Egyptian judge has confirmed the death penalty for more than 180 people, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader.

The same judge had originally sentenced 683 people to the death penalty back in April over the attack of a police station that left one officer dead.

The Guardian explains:

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Revelers Greet The Solstice Sunrise At Stonehenge

The sun rises as thousands of revelers gathered at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice on Saturday.
Sang Tan AP

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 10:47 am

Thousands danced and sang and celebrated the sunrise at Stonehenge on Saturday on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Associated Press said the site was filled with new-agers, revelers practicing yoga, pagans and modern-day Druids — what the Guardian calls a "bogus deep-time tradition."

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