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8:20 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Where Are The World's Positive Vibes?

The kings of positive feelings: Paraguay's citizens were found to have the most positive things to say about their lives, according to a recent poll. Here, soccer fans cheer for Paraguay's Olimpia team last year.
Nelson Antoine AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 2:22 pm

The world, as you've no doubt noticed, has its problems. But some folks seem to be dealing with them pretty well, according to poll results released Wednesday. Countries in Latin America dominated the top of Gallup's "positive experience index," while Syria set an all-time low.

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

The Los Angeles house where writer Ray Bradbury and his wife lived is now for sale, at nearly $1.5 million. The Fahrenheit 451 author is seen here in 2007.
Charley Gallay Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:22 am

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

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The Two-Way
6:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, sitting in a defendants cage, waves during a court hearing Wednesday. He and two sons were sentenced to jail on corruption charges.
Hassan Mohammed AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:33 am

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison and a fine, after a court found him guilty of embezzling public money. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, were given four-year sentences; the three were accused of using public funds to pay for work on their own property.

The criminal court in Cairo ordered the three to pay a fine of nearly $3 million.

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The Two-Way
8:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

White House To Release Secret Memo On Drone Strikes

The White House will reportedly comply with a court order to release a secret memorandum describing the legal justification for the 2011 drone strike against three Americans in Yemen, including Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the U.S.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that "the document had become a stumbling block in the judicial nomination of the man who wrote it" — Justice Department lawyer David Barron.

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The Two-Way
7:43 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Federal Court Stays Execution Of Missouri Inmate

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 5:59 am

Updated 5:00 a.m. ET Wednesday:

A U.S. Supreme Court Justice has temporarily halted the execution of a Missouri inmate who had been scheduled to die just after midnight Tuesday. Samuel Alito did not explain why he order the suspension of Russell Bucklew's execution.

Original Post:

A federal appeals court has issued a stay of execution for Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew, whose lawyers argued that he has a rare medical condition that would have made a lethal injection unnecessarily painful.

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The Two-Way
6:58 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Balkan Floods Expose Deadly Mines From 1990s Civil War

A map showing a land mine field is seen in the water during heavy floods in the village of Prud, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday.
Srdjan Zivulovic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:37 pm

Bosnia and Serbia are struggling to recover from the worst flooding in a century, after three months of rain fell in just three days in the Balkan countries.

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Royal Caribbean Offers 5-Week-Long U.S.-To-China Cruise

This computer-generated image provided by the Royal Caribbean International cruise line shows its forthcoming ship, Quantum of the Seas.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:28 pm

Royal Caribbean says it's offering a 53-day voyage from the U.S. to China to inaugurate its newest giant luxury liner, the Quantum of the Seas, which is scheduled to begin cruises out of Shanghai next year.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Twin Car Bombs Kill More Than 100 In Nigeria

Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, on Tuesday.
Stefanos Foundation AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:59 pm

This post was updated at 7:50 p.m. ET.

Two explosions in the central Nigerian city of Jos killed at least 118 people and wounded dozens more on Tuesday, officials said.

The car bombs were detonated about a half-hour apart at a bus terminal and market.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Minnesota Selected As Host Of Super Bowl LII

The NFL has selected Minnesota as the host of Super Bowl LII in 2018.

The NFL reports:

"Keeping with its tradition of rewarding teams with new a stadium, NFL owners announced Tuesday it awarded Super Bowl LII to the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Worldwide temperatures were once again above normal last month, tying the record for the hottest April set back in 2010.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday said the average global temperature for land and sea was 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.39 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.

"The last below-average April was April 1976, and the last average or below-average temperature for any month was February 1985," according to NOAA.

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