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7:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

White House Counsel To Look Into Accidental Leak Of CIA Name

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 8:14 pm

White House Counsel Neil Eggleston has been asked to investigate what went wrong over the weekend when the name of the CIA's top official in Afghanistan was inadvertently made public.

Administration spokeswoman Caitlyn Hayden said Tuesday that Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has asked Eggleston to examine the matter and report back with recommendations on how to make sure something like this does not happen again.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

WATCH: Otters Play The Keyboard At National Zoo

Otters play the keyboard at the National Zoo.
Smithsonian's National Zoo YouTube

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 pm

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation displayed condoms during a 2013 news conference promoting a California bill to require condom use by adult film performers.
Bret Hartman AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 7:05 pm

The California Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would require condom use in pornographic films shot in the state.

It was Democratic state Rep. Isadore Hall's third attempt to pass such legislation. Los Angeles County voters approved a condom mandate for adult film performers in 2012, but a similar state requirement died last year.

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The Two-Way
5:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Rampage Victim's Father: Inaction Of 'Gutless' Politicians Killed His Son

Richard Martinez (center), whose son Christopher was killed in Friday's attack, is comforted by his brother Alan.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 2:02 pm

After his son was killed during a deadly rampage in California over the weekend, Richard Martinez made national news.

He made his way to the front of the cameras after a sheriff office press conference on Saturday, and delivered a stunning and emotional indictment of the National Rifle Association.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Peat Bog The Size Of England Discovered In Congo Republic

A massive peat bog the size England has been found in West Africa's Republic of Congo.

The previously undiscovered bog is thought to reach nearly 23 feet beneath the ground and contain billions of tons of peat –- ancient, partially decayed vegetation. It could cover an area 40,000 to 80,000 square miles, scientists believe in the Congo Republic, also referred to as Congo-Brazzaville.

The BBC says:

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Bill Murray Offers Bachelor Party Advice On Love And Life

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Bill Murray dropped by a bachelor party in South Carolina this past weekend and offered up some advice.

"You know how funerals are not for the dead, they're for the living?" the comic actor says in a video posted by Deadspin. "Bachelor parties are not for the groom; they're for the unmarried."

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pakistani Woman Stoned To Death By Family Outside Courtroom

Mohammad Iqbal, husband of Farzana, sits in an ambulance next to the body of his pregnant wife, who was stoned to death by her own family in Lahore, Pakistan, on Tuesday.
K.M. Chaudary AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 3:26 pm

A 25-year-old pregnant woman has been stoned to death by her relatives outside a courtroom in Lahore, Pakistan — a so-called honor killing meant to punish her for marrying against her family's will.

Farzana Iqbal was preparing to testify in defense of her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, whom her father had accused of kidnapping the young woman. The father had insisted instead that she marry her cousin.

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Former LulzSec Hacker Turned Informant Avoids Further Jail Time

Hector Xavier Monsegur arrives at court in New York for a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:28 pm

Avoiding further jail time, Hector Xavier Monsegur — a hacktivist legend — walked out of a federal court house in Manhattan on Tuesday.

The AP reports that U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said Monsegur's cooperation helped disrupt hundreds of cyber attacks and helped disrupt the hacker activist group Anonymous and essentially marked the end of LulzSec.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Median CEO Pay Tops $10 Million For The First Time

Are you getting rich off the rising stock market? America's CEOs are.

Median compensation for the chief executive of a Standard & Poor's 500 company was $10.8 million last year, according to a study by The Associated Press.

That represents an 8.8 percent increase over 2012 and marks the first time that median compensation crossed the eight-figure mark.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teen Causes 3-Car Crash While Holding Breath Through Tunnel

After its driver fainted Sunday, this Toyota collided with two other vehicles and the walls of a tunnel in Oregon.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:27 pm

When driving, don't text, don't dial — and don't hold your breath until you're blue in the face.

A Washington state teenager broke that last rule Sunday night. While driving through a tunnel near Manning, Ore., 19-year-old Daniel J. Calhoon fainted from holding his breath.

His Toyota Camry crossed the center line and rammed into an oncoming Ford Explorer. Both vehicles hit interior tunnel walls, according to Oregon State Police, before a pickup truck collided with the Camry.

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