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4:17pm

Tue July 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 8:46 pm

Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C., in May 1998.
Karl DeBlaker AP

Updated at 8:45 p.m.

Jonathan Pollard, who has served almost 30 years in prison after being convicted of espionage, will be granted parole on Nov. 21, according to his attorneys.

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and charged with passing classified information to Israel. He pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

"But under laws in place at the time, that meant he could get parole after 30 years," NPR's Carrie Johnson says. "Now, that term is nearly up — and the Justice Department did not stand in the way of his release."

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7:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
The Two-Way

California, New York And Washington, D.C., Make Moves On Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:27 pm

Demonstrators rally before a meeting of a state wage board in New York. On Wednesday, a state panel recommended the minimum wage for fast-food employees be raised to $15 an hour, bypassing the state Legislature.
Seth Wenig AP

A wave of wage increases in cities across the country, as well as at several major businesses, continued on Wednesday.

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4:33pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Business

New York, University Of California Announce $15 Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:08 am

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3:22am

Wed July 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama And Stewart Have One Last Dance On 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:08 am

President Obama appeared with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Tuesday night. It was Obama's seventh appearance, and his last before Stewart leaves the show next month.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central

President Obama made his seventh appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night. It was a meeting of two men nearing the end of big chapters in their lives: Obama is in the final 18 months of his second term, and host Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show next month.

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6:36pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Will Lose 'All Credibility' If Congress Rejects Nuclear Deal, Kerry Says

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:03 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep at the State Department. Kerry said if Congress or a future president reverses a nuclear control agreement with Iran, U.S. credibility will suffer.
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Just after hosting Cuba's foreign minister at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to discuss the restoration of diplomatic relations with that country, as well as the status of a nuclear deal with Iran.

Kerry defended the Obama administration's stance on both countries, and said if diplomatic relations with Cuba or a nuclear deal with Iran were scuttled — either by a future president or Congress — it would hurt the U.S.

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5:58pm

Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Carnival Expects to Begin Cruising To Cuba Next Year

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 7:36 am

Carnival Cruise Lines' main entrance of their office building in Miami. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit the Caribbean island nation since the 1960 trade embargo.
Alan Diaz AP

Carnival Corp. says it has received permission from the U.S.

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4:39pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Race

Charleston, S.C., Residents Call On Each Other To Improve Race Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 6:36 pm

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5:05am

Mon June 29, 2015
Around the Nation

Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:01 pm

Flowers left at the front door of Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, S.C.
Will Huntsberry NPR

Updated at 7:45 p.m. ET

Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C.

Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons.

Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started.

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4:49pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

After Ben Affleck Scandal, PBS Postpones 'Finding Your Roots'

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:54 am

PBS has released details about an internal investigation that found that actor Ben Affleck exerted improper influence by requesting that the show Finding Your Roots hide details of a slave-owning ancestor in his family tree.

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6:35am

Wed June 24, 2015
Business

Confederate Flag Merchandise Is Delicate Topic For Retailers

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:55 pm

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5:36pm

Wed June 17, 2015
The Two-Way

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:15 am

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. The California Labor Commission has ruled that one Uber driver in California is an employee of the company, and is owed certain benefits.
Eric Risberg AP

In a decision that could have major implications for the entire sharing economy, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. In that decision, the commission awarded Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in employee expenses, including mileage reimbursements, toll charges and interest.

The ruling was made public when Uber filed an appeal Tuesday in a state court in San Francisco.

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4:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Remembrances

Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Casino Mogul, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

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Kirk Kerkorian changed the way Vegas did business. The founder of MGM Resorts International died yesterday at his home in California. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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3:33pm

Tue June 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Billionaire Investor Kirk Kerkorian Dies At 98

Kirk Kerkorian arrives at the premiere of the HBO documentary His Way in Hollywood, Calif., in 2011. The billionaire helped revitalize the Las Vegas Strip.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Kirk Kerkorian, child of Armenian immigrants, casino magnate, World War II pilot and grade-school dropout, died Monday night in Los Angeles. He was 98.

The Los Angeles Times reports Kerkorian died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and built the largest hotel in the world three different times, was known for making the Las Vegas Strip a destination not just for adults, but entire families.

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7:39pm

Tue June 9, 2015
The Two-Way

McKinney Police Officer Seen Pinning Black Girl To The Ground Resigns

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:09 pm

A still from a video showing Cpl. Eric Casebolt forcing a teenager to the ground in McKinney, Texas. Casebolt has resigned as an investigation continues.
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Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas, police officer seen on a video forcing a teenage girl to the ground and briefly drawing his gun while attempting to break up a disturbance at a community pool, has resigned. Police Chief Greg Conley made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday evening.

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5:28pm

Tue June 9, 2015
The Two-Way

'Headless Body In Topless Bar' Headline Writer Dies

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:22 pm

Vincent Musetto, a longtime editor at the New York Post, has died at the age of 74. The Post reports Musetto died Tuesday in hospice care at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three weeks ago. His daughter Carly VanTassell told the paper, "He wasn't in any pain. ... He passed peacefully in his sleep."

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