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9:40 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ukraine To Expel Russian Diplomat Reportedly Caught Taking Classified Info

Communist Party supporters carry red flags during their rally to mark International Labor Day in downtown Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Thursday. In recent weeks, pro-Russia separatists have seized key installations in several cities in eastern Ukraine.
Volodymyr Petrov EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:08 am

Ukraine's government has ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attache, saying he had been caught red-handed receiving classified documents related to the country's cooperation with NATO.

The unnamed attache was taken into custody on Wednesday, has been declared persona non grata and will be thrown out of Ukraine, officials say.

"On April 30, he was caught red-handed receiving classified material from his source," said Maryna Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's security service, the SBU.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Sinn Fein Leader Questioned In 40-Year-Old Murder Case

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is in custody and being questioned in connection with a 1972 kidnapping and murder.
Peter Morrison AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 2:05 pm

The leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, was in custody for a second day in Northern Ireland as police questioned him in connection with an IRA kidnapping and murder that occurred more than 40 years ago.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

2 Feet Of Rain Causes Massive Flooding In Florida, Alabama

Michael Harrell of J&J Towing attaches a tow cable to a car that was swept off the road by torrential rains in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.
GM Andrews AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:14 pm

Extreme rainfall in much of the East and parts of the South is causing major problems, with Florida's Panhandle and southern Alabama — which got more than 2 feet of rain in 24 hours — bearing the brunt of the onslaught.

The torrential rains followed close on the heels of a rash of deadly tornadoes that battered a broad swath of the country earlier this week, killing dozens of people.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Book News: Newly Found Stories By Celebrated Sci-Fi Author To Be Published

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

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Explosion At Florida Jail Kills 2, Injures Dozens Of Inmates

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:10 pm

An apparent gas explosion at a jail in Pensacola, Fla., has killed at least two inmates and injured more than 100 people, including some corrections officers, according to local reports. But it's not clear yet whether the incident at the Escambia County Jail has anything to do with the extensive flooding in the region.

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The Two-Way
9:04 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Will Take Leave, Seek Help For Substance Abuse

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is surrounded by the media as he waits for an elevator outside his office at Toronto City Hall on November 15.
Geoff Robins AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:05 pm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has been dogged by controversy after he admitted to smoking crack, will take time off to seek help for substance abuse, The Associated Press and the Toronto Sun are reporting.

Ford told the Sun he was "ready to take a break" in order to "go get help." The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
8:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Exoplanet's Spin Detected For First Time — And It's Fast

Planet β Pictoris b spins so fast, its day only lasts eight hours.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/F. Reddy

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Time flies, you say to yourself all the time.

Well, here's a little perspective: In a gassy planet about 65 light years away from Earth a day only lasts eight hours.

Scientists calculate that Planet β Pictoris b spins at about 56,000 miles per hour at its equator, faster than any planet in our solar system and about 50 times faster than Earth, even though the planet has a diameter that's 16 times that of Earth and is 3,000 time heavier.

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The Two-Way
7:19 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

FAA Slowly Lifting Ground Stop In West After Technical Problem

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 7:44 pm

Flights were grounded for more than an hour in some of the nation's Western states because of a technical problem.

The AP reports:

"In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday its air traffic control facility had also temporarily stopped accepting additional flights into the airspace.

"The agency says some flights were diverted as it gradually restores the system.

"Officials at Burbank airport said some flights were again being allowed to take off."

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
DIA Public Affairs

The Army general who heads the Defense Intelligence Agency is leaving a year early and retiring.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but sources say he's stepping down because he's fed up with bureaucratic fights in Washington.

Flynn is expected to announce his retirement within the next week.

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