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4:23 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks

With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers less than 24 hours away, the negotiators have started talking about a second extension.

Quoting unnamed State Department officials, Reuters and the Associated Press report that Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday and discussed the possibility of extending negotiations past the Monday deadline.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

First (Lots Of) Snow, Now Rain And Flooding Threaten Western New York

Michael Palmer and Carin Schultz work to clear her car of snow and remove it from Union street on Thursday in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.
John Normile Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:09 pm

Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding. The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:08 pm

A 12-year-old boy carrying a replica gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday.

According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground

"Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say. "The suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso."

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Tunisian citizens take a selfie with their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the Tunisian Presidential Election on Sunday.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:09 pm

Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:50 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Exploring The Religious Naturalist Option

Alexander Burzik iStockphoto

Adam recently wrote a nice piece on the "spiritual but not religious" distinction being made these days. He noted that "religious" is commonly used to connote being affiliated with a traditional religion and "spiritual" to connote some larger sense of awe and wonder.

I'm offering another take on these matters — one that incorporates the science-based understandings of nature that lie at the heart of 13.7 — by answering some questions here:

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

After complaints from residents, this tree in Reading, Pa., is being replaced.
Screenshot from WFMZ-TV

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:15 pm

The people of Reading, Pa., didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had.

A 50-foot spruce tree — called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" — will be replaced with a prettier pine.

As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately. The tree was missing tons of branches and it had unseemly shape.

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Shots - Health News
5:52 am
Sun November 23, 2014

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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The Two-Way
2:59 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:28 pm

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the District's disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.

He was considered by many to be the district's most charismatic and controversial politician.

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The Two-Way
5:19 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

Michael Brown Sr., the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot dead by a police officer, distributes Thanksgiving turkeys Saturday to neighbors where his son was killed in Ferguson, Mo., this past August.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:03 pm

As a grand jury considers whether Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges over the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, many in the St. Louis suburb are calling for calm, even as they prepare for what could be a sharp public reaction to the jury's decision.

Saying "the grand jury is still gathering information," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the jury will meet next week.

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

Saying she is acting out of ""great sorrow, great rage," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, seen here in April, is suspending all the school's fraternities until January.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9. The move comes days after a Rolling Stone article in which a woman described being gang-raped when she was a freshman in 2012.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

The Booker High Kiowas entered the state playoffs undefeated, and with two record-setting players on its 29-man team.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:57 pm

A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrate — the 29 players on its team include the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:51 pm

A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items — and a batch of Red Cross blood samples from patients believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

The incident happened in southern Guinea, an area close to two other West African nations hit hard by the outbreak: Liberia and Sierra Leone.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Robbers riding on a motorbike waylaid a taxi and made off with cellphones, jewelry and cash near the town of Kissidougou.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry meet during closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna Saturday.
Ronald Zak AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:50 pm

Hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats are locked in negotiations in Vienna. They have until Monday to reach a permanent deal.

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The Two-Way
8:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore prepares to take the bus, leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium to play a "home" game in Detroit. Tickets to the game, postponed to Monday, are free.
Gary Wiepert AP

Many things will make Monday night's NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets an odd duck. Among them: It's being played in Michigan, and tickets to the game are being given away at no charge.

"Free tickets will be available for Monday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ford Field," the Detroit Lions announced today, adding that emails are being sent out to Bills and Lions season-ticket holders that will let them snag seats.

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The Two-Way
7:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

The 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, happened without an intelligence failure, a House panel concludes. A photo from 2013 shows wreckage outside the main gate of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 8:32 pm

After a nearly two-year investigation, the final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012, during a deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Libya.

That's the first conclusion of the report, the result of thousands of hours of investigation into the events that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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