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7:39 am
Mon June 16, 2014

In Escalation, Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

Naftogaz Chairman Andrew Kobolev speaks to reporters Monday outside the government building in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:31 pm

Escalating a long-running conflict, Russia said it has decided to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday.

The move comes after the two sides failed to find common ground on the price of natural gas in light of Ukraine's outstanding gas bill. Perhaps more importantly, it marks another chapter in the conflict between the two countries, which flared after a popular uprising in Ukraine ousted pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground

This video image posted last week by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, purportedly shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi army vehicle in Tikrit, Iraq.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:26 pm

President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a militant Sunni group continues its offensive in the country, seizing control of the northern town of Tal Afar.

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The Two-Way
10:54 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Spurs Beat The Heat To Take Home NBA Title

Manu Ginobili (#20) celebrates with Matt Bonner (#15) of the San Antonio Spurs against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals on Sunday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:57 am

In a dramatic Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs triumphed over the Miami Heat to win the NBA title Sunday night, closing out the series with a 104-87 victory.

After a dismal start, the Spurs rallied and turned things around, entering halftime with a 47-40 lead. When the game resumed, they never looked back and were up by more than 20 points multiple times in the second half.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Pakistan Launches Large Ground Offensive Against Taliban

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 6:55 pm

Pakistan has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, mobilizing some 70,000 soldiers and launching air attacks against insurgents in the region.

Reporting from Islamabad, NPR's Philip Reeves tells our Newscast unit the offensive comes after militants stormed the Karachi airport a week ago, leaving 37 people dead.

Philip filed this report:

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The Two-Way
3:27 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 6:58 pm

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.

The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may have come from within, rather than from collisions with large, icy comets.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Team USA 101: 5 Things You Should Know Before The Game

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey carries the ball against Mexico during the second half of an international friendly soccer match in April.
Rick Scuteri AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 4:27 pm

So, a friend has invited you over for a World Cup watching party on Monday when Team USA faces Ghana.

Seems like a cool idea, but, truth is, you only pay attention to soccer every four years. No worries. We have your back.

Here's a guide with five basics you need to know to enjoy the beautiful game and at least hold your own in conversation:

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem, Legendary Radio DJ, Dies

Casey Kasem accepts a Radio Icon award during the Radio Music Awards in 2003.
Joe Cavaretta AP

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 12:12 pm

Casey Kasem, the legendary radio DJ and original host of American Top 40, died Sunday morning.

His daughter, Kerri Kasem, announced his death on Facebook, saying he had died surrounded by friends and family.

"Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," Kasem said.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Iraq Says It Has Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad

Peshmerga military direct traffic at a Kurdish Check point on Saturday in Kalak, Iraq. Thousands of people have fled Iraq's second city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:45 am

The Iraqi government says it has halted a militant group's advance on Baghdad.

As The Telegraph reports, the Iraqi army started engaging the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after it made a rapid advance in which it captured the key city of Mosul.

The Telegraph adds:

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Chelsea Manning Says She Leaked Classified Info Out Of Love For Country

PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks
U.S. Army handout Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:02 am

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, says she disclosed the information out of "a love for my country and a sense of duty to others."

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Obama Steps In To End Philadelphia Commuter Rail Strike

Unaware of the work stoppage Roy Pearson waits for a SEPTA commuter train at the East Falls commuter rail station in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Joseph Kaczmarek AP

President Obama has stepped in to end a commuter rail strike in Philadelphia.

On Saturday, Obama granted Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's request for the creation of an emergency board to mediate the contract issues.

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