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7:55 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Round Of Tornadoes Rakes Through The South

A map from the Storm Prediction Center shows the risk of severe weather.

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:28 am

A day after a line of severe storms spawned tornadoes blamed for the death of at least 15 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the South was raked again.

This time, Mississippi and Alabama were hard hit.

CNN reports:

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The Two-Way
7:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

United Church Of Christ Challenges North Carolina Ban On Gay Marriage

A meeting of an LGBT support group at the United Church of Christ, in Holladay, Utah.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:15 am

The United Church of Christ is joining the national debate on the future of gay marriage in a novel way: The church filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, saying Amendment One violates the church's constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion.

According to the church, this is likely the first challenge by a national Christian denomination of a state's gay marriage ban.

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ohio Will Increase Dosage Of Drugs In Lethal Injection

Dennis McGuire was executed in January.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:46 am

Ohio has concluded that Dennis McGuire did not suffer any pain during his execution last January, the state's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction said Monday.

McGuire was executed using a new cocktail of drugs. The state ran out of pentobarbital, the traditional drug used in executions, so it used a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone.

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

What Can The NBA Do With Donald Sterling?

In a protest against comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the team's players wore their red warm-up shirts inside out to hide the team's logo. The NBA is still working to confirm Sterling made the controversial statements.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

After a weekend in which the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff games were played in the shadow of racially inflammatory remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling, the NBA is trying to determine whether Sterling did in fact make the comments — and if he did, what to do about it.

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

U.S. Tells Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer For Now

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut shown on a laptop.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:34 pm

The Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans to stop using the Web browser Internet Explorer because it has a bug that could allow hackers to install malicious software without the user knowing it.

The vulnerability, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team says, has already been exploited in the wild. Essentially, all a user has to do to become a victim is view a "specially crafted HTML document," which means a Web page or even a rich email or attachment.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Red Tape Ensnares Pakistani Baby Born In India

No love lost: Indian and Pakistani border guards.
K.M. Chaudary AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 3:49 pm

A 2-week-old boy born to a Pakistani couple visiting India is being denied permission to return home with his parents because he lacks the proper travel documentation.

The story begins with Mai Fatima, her husband, Mir Muhammad Mahar, and their two children. The couple, from Ghotki, Pakistan, were expecting a third child when they went to Basanpir, India, 2 1/2 months ago to visit Mai Fatima's father.

But her father died during their visit; she subsequently gave birth to a boy on April 14.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

North Korea Issues Sexist Tirade Against South Korean Leader

North Korea apparently doesn't like either of them: President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:21 am

North Korea isn't exactly known for its light touch: It has referred to its foes as a "rat-like group of bastards," a "shameless political dwarf" and even a "swish of skirt."

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Utah Mom Accused Of Killing 6 Of Her Babies Charged With Murder

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court on Monday in Provo, Utah. Prosecutors have filed six first-degree murder charges against her.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:35 pm

A Utah woman accused of killing six babies during the course of a decade shortly after giving birth to them has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail. She is accused of killing the children between 1996 and 2006, and keeping their bodies in boxes in the garage. The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, reports:

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Australia: Search For Missing Airliner To Enter 'New Phase'

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:24 pm

Australia's prime minister says the chance of finding any floating debris from MH370 is "highly unlikely" and that the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner will need to shift away from visual searches and focus instead on scouring the seafloor.

Tony Abbott said that at this point, weeks after the plane disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard, it's possible nothing will ever be found from the Boeing 777 that is thought to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Basketball Analyst Jack Ramsay Dies at 89

Former NBA coach and analyst Jack Ramsay died at his home in Naples, Fla., according to the Portland Trail Blazers. Ramsay took the team to its only NBA title in 1977.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:26 pm

Jack Ramsay, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA title before embarking on a long career as a basketball analyst for ESPN, has died at age 89, the network said Monday. The Hall of Fame coach had been battling cancer.

Ramsay "coached 20 years in the NBA, during which he emphasized fitness, selflessness, ball movement and skill — qualities that carried his Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title," according to ESPN.

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