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11:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

A Survivor Of The Crusades Comes Up Against The Syrian Civil War

An artist's rendering of the Crac des Chevaliers in Syria. UNESCO says the fortress "was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271."
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:24 pm

One of the many casualties of Syria's civil war is the country's architectural heritage. We've told you about damage to the historic 11th century Umayyad mosque and the ancient city of Palmyra.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Prayers Before Town Hall Meetings Are Constitutional, High Court Finds

Members of the media camp outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2013.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:36 pm

A city council in upstate New York is not violating the Constitution when it opens its meetings with a prayer, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday with a 5-4 vote.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George H.W. Bush Given Courage Award For 1990 Tax Hikes

Accepting the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on behalf of her grandfather former President George H.W. Bush, Lauren Bush Lauren, center, and fellow Award recipient Paul W. Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., right, hold the awards as they stand with Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of President John F. Kennedy.
Gretchen Ertl AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:27 am

During his campaign for president in 1988, George H.W. Bush made what's arguably one of the most memorable campaign promises: "Read my lips," he said. "No new taxes."

But as 1990 came around, with the economy still sluggish, he agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that reneged on that promise by raising taxes.

For that politically costly decision, Bush was honored on Sunday with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Mon May 5, 2014

WATCH: An Almost Unbelievable Backheel Goal By Ronaldo

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Sunday.
Dani Pozo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:22 am

We usually don't make much of European soccer. But on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo nailed such a spectacular goal against Valencia that we just had to show it to you.

Here's how SBNation describes it:

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

In Wake Of Massive Data Breach, Target CEO Steps Down

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:16 am

In the wake of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of about 70 million customers last year, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down, the retailer's board announced in a statement Monday.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Under Pressure, Nigerian President Breaks Silence On Mass Abduction

Nigerian women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls.
Sunday Alamba AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:05 am

After mounting public pressure to say something, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan broke his silence on the abduction of some 200 school girls more than three weeks ago.

In a TV broadcast on Sunday, Jonathan said authorities still did not know where the girls were. The president appealed to local communities and the girls' families to assist in their search.

"We promise that anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out," Jonathan said, according to the BBC.

The news service adds:

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Book News: Iranian Author Of 'Pomegranate Soup' Found Dead In Ireland

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

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Ukraine Dispatches Special Police To Odessa After Unrest

People in Odessa mourned during Monday's funeral ceremony for Vyacheslav Markin, deputy of Odessa's regional council and a leader of the pro-Russian opposition, who died in clashes Friday in the southern Ukrainian city.
Anatolii Stepanov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:18 pm

The acting government in Kiev dispatched a special police unit to try to control the deadly clashes in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Circus Performers Injured During Hair-Hanging Stunt

Rhode Island state troopers and Providence police stand in the lobby of the Dunkin' Donuts Center after an accident during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance Sunday.
Stew Milne AP

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:04 am

Updated at 1:55 a.m. EDT Monday:

Inspectors have yet to determine what caused Sunday's horrifying accident during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Providence, R.I.

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence admitted 11 patients with varying injuries, spokeswoman Jill Reuter told The Associated Press. One was said to be in critical condition. Nine performers were injured when a support apparatus failed during an aerial stunt, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

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