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1:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Striking Train Workers Add To Brazil's World Cup Woes

There was chaos at the Corinthians-Itaquera subway station on the east side of Sao Paulo on Thursday, as workers went on strike.
Werther Santana DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:05 pm

First came the bus strike. Then came the teachers. Now it's the train workers' turn.

Sao Paulo will see the kickoff to the World Cup next week, but with only a few days to go, it's chaos on the streets of South America's biggest city.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Zoo: Keeper Accidentally Shot With Tranquilizer Was NOT In Gorilla Suit

After several news outlets reported that a man dressed as a gorilla was shot with a tranquilizer gun, a zoo in Tenerife, Spain, wants to be clear: There was no gorilla suit involved.
Richard Thomas iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 4:16 pm

Here's a scene out of sketch comedy: A zookeeper dresses up as a gorilla and pretends to escape as part of a training drill, then gets shot by a tranquilizer dart when a vet mistakes the primate costume for the real thing.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist

A propaganda painting is seen outside the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011. North Korean state media reported Friday that the nation has detained a U.S. tourist.
Feng Li Getty Images

North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. citizens known to be held there to three.

A dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency states that Jeffrey Edward Fowle entered the country on April 29, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Fri June 6, 2014

70 Years After A Crucial Invasion, World Honors D-Day

President Obama speaks during the joint French-American D-Day commemoration at the Normandy American Cemetery.
Alain Jocard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:07 pm

World leaders are gathered in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day some 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley called the area overlooking the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of U.S. troops are laid to rest, "one of the most beautiful places on Earth."

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Sword Fights Break Out In A Clash At India's Golden Temple

Members of a hardline Sikh group clash with guards of the Sikhs' holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Friday. At least 10 people were reportedly wounded in the clash.
Prabhjot Gill AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:18 pm

A commemoration of a military raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, went awry Friday, as rival groups of Sikhs clashed at the shrine. Ceremonial swords and staffs were swung in anger, resulting in injuries and panic.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:45 pm

The U.S. hit a milestone Friday, as the government's monthly jobs report showed that in May, the country finally surpassed the number of jobs it had before the recession started. The gain of 217,000 jobs put the total U.S. payroll number at nearly 138.5 million jobs.

But analysts note that the recovery has taken more than six years and has excluded many workers.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: Jobs Gain Of 217,000 Reported

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Book News: Hachette Announces Layoffs Amid Amazon Dispute

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:41 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game

LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't handle the heat in San Antonio, as Tim Duncan and the Spurs took the first game of the 2014 NBA Finals. The air conditioning in the Spurs arena didn't work during the game.
Chris Covatta Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 10:58 am

The first game of the NBA finals was a scorcher. Yes, it was played indoors – but the air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures. The Spurs overcame the heat, and the Heat, 110-95.

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The Two-Way
7:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Shooting At Seattle Pacific University; 3 Wounded, 1 Dead

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:24 pm

This post updated at 9:40 p.m ET.

At least three people were wounded and one was killed after a lone gunman opened fire on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, according to Seattle police. Officials say the alleged shooter is in custody.

The campus was placed on lockdown soon after the shooting began just before 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

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