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10:36 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Groom Raul Rodriguez rubs Belmont Stakes hopeful California Chrome at Belmont Park on Thursday.
Garry Jones AP

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella story.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Eulogy For Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Nancy Robinson/Maya Angelou's Office AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 2:04 pm

This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay their final respects to author and poet Maya Angelou, who died last week.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Ukraine Inaugurates New President As Unrest Continues

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lifts his arms in greeting after the inauguration ceremony in Sophia Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Saturday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:44 am

Petro Poroshenko, the billionaire chocolatier, was sworn in as Ukraine's new president on Saturday.

Poroshenko called on separatists to lay down their weapons, but he also offered amnesty to those without "blood on their hands."

The Associated Press reports:

"Poroshenko also insisted that Ukrainian would remain the sole state language of the country, but promised 'new opportunities for the Russian language,' without giving specifics.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Photos: After A Storm, A Red Sky, Double Rainbow Over Atlanta

The sky turns pink as a rainbow appears at dusk over the suburbs during a thunderstorm on Thursday.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:48 am

We're a bit late to this. But it's so stunning, we'll share it anyway: Thursday night, the remnants of a strong storm and a sunset came together at just the right time to form a beautiful celestial treat: a red sky, double rainbow spanning the city of Atlanta.

Associated Press photographer David Goldman captured the rainbow from the suburbs, where the sky looked pink:

But a couple of others took shots of the rainbow over downtown ATL, where reds mixed with purples. Here are the shots:

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. Science:

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan Injured In A Car Accident In New Jersey

Tracy Morgan performs Live at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mt. Pocono, Pa.
Bill McCay Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 5:25 pm

Tracy Morgan, the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, was injured in a six-car accident early on Saturday, Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police says.

The accident, Williams said, happened at about 1 a.m. ET., near Trenton.

CNN reports Morgan is in "critical" condition, while USA Today reports the actor and comedian is in "intensive care."

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The Two-Way
7:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Armed Man Killed In Attack On Atlanta Courthouse

A photo released by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office shows Dennis Marx, who was shot and killed on Friday after wounding a deputy outside the courthouse in Cumming, Ga.
AP

A man armed with an assault rifle, several hand grenades, smoke bombs and tear gas opened fire on an Atlanta courthouse, where he was scheduled to plead guilty on drug charges Friday. The assault sparked a gunbattle with police that left the assailant dead and a deputy wounded.

The three-minute shootout ended in the death of Denis Marx, 48, according to Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper, who says the suspect had a history with the department, including at least two arrests on drug charges.

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The Two-Way
6:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

GM Recalls 105,000 More Vehicles

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is among the vehicles being recalled.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:59 pm

A day after General Motors admitted it failed customers who owned cars with a defective ignition switch, the automaker issued a recall for 105,000 more vehicles, bringing the total number of GM recalls so far this year to 34, involving 14 million vehicles, Michigan Public Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Clinton Aides Weighed Fallout Of Calling Rwanda Killing 'Genocide'

Dozens of Hutu refugees flee fighting between Hutus and Tutsis in Kigali, Rwanda, in April 1994, about a month before an internal White House email on the possible consequences of calling the killings a genocide.
Jean-March Bouju AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 7:29 pm

President Bill Clinton's administration wondered what the legal consequences would be if the White House acknowledged that genocide was occurring in Rwanda in 1994, according to newly public documents.

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The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Va. Order, Car Services Uber, Lyft Refuse To Pull Over

Passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car operated by a driver for Lyft. Virginia has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Lyft, Uber and other car-sharing services.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:55 pm

Uber and Lyft car services have said they will continue to operate in Virginia, despite a cease-and-desist letter from the state saying the service is illegal because it hasn't received authorization from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

It comes a day after Colorado became the first state to pass a law regulating such companies, which use smartphone apps to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services and have seen fast growth in recent years in some parts of the country.

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The Two-Way
3:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

N. Dakota's Gay-Marriage Law Challenged; Wisc. Ban Struck Down

Sherri (front left) and Vickie (right) Paxon hold signs at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., in 2004, opposing the state's then-newly approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Will Kincaid AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:20 pm

North Dakota is no longer the only state to have its same-sex marriage ban go unchallenged: Seven couples on Friday filed suit in federal court in Fargo seeking to overturn a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state's Constitution prohibiting the practice.

The Associated Press reports:

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